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Mark Whipple

UMass Head Football Coach

Happy New Year! We ring in 2018 with great excitement for the upcoming UMass football campaign. We are already off to a fast start to the 2018 season with the addition of 18 signees from 11 states and Canada during the inaugural year of early signing period as well as national signing day. We placed an emphasis on elevating our recruiting and asked you to financially support our efforts and you did. Thank You!

Continuing to elevate our program remains a top priority. To do so, we need individuals like yourself to join the incoming #EliteBreed18 signing class in helping us turn the corner in becoming the elite program we desire to be. The combination of our highly touted 2018 signing class and your continued support makes for great opportunities for success. Like our new Minutemen, we are extending you an opportunity to become a part of #EliteBreed18 by committing to support the future of UMass football through a 4-year financial commitment to the UMass Gridiron Club online today. We look forward to receiving your commitment and including you as part of #EliteBreed18.




The mission of the UMass Football Gridiron Club is to strengthen the University’s football program by encouraging private and volunteer leadership from Minutemen across the country. The UMass Gridiron Club shall support initiatives as requested by the Head Football Coach and the University of Massachusetts Athletic Department.


As the official booster club for the University of Massachusetts Football program, the UMass Gridiron Club seeks to Engage, Educate, and Empower young men to achieve optimal success. The UMass Gridiron Club envisions being the premier athletic booster club locally, state-wide, and regionally. Being a member of this club provides opportunities to collaborate with fellow loyal UMass Football friends and fans in accomplishing the mission and bringing the vision of the club to pass. UMass Gridiron Club members provide financial support as requested to help the Minutemen compete at the FBS level, provide leadership development programming for the student-athletes, and sponsor functions for club members. Funds raised by the UMass Football Gridiron Club go directly to support the UMass Football program. Funding and functions are consistent with the applicable NCAA rules governing booster clubs and their supporters.


Paul Manganaro '87

Tom Mullen '74
Chairman, Fundraising

Anne Manning '87
Chairwoman, Alumni Relations & Communications

Cliff Bolden '00
Alumni Relations & Communications

Bill DeFlavio '72
Chairman, Events

Frank DiTommaso '81
Chairman, Mentoring & Career Development

Kristin Kanter '07
Chairman, Membership

Dr. L.A. Love ‘04, '06, '07
Ex Officio |
Twitter handle: @UMASSLOVE


The Gridiron Club needs you in the game. Gifts, no matter the size, make a difference and we need 100% of the UMass Football Family on board.

Red Zone
First Down
Special Event Invitations
Gridiron Club Automobile Decal
Minutemen Club Membership
Ticket Priority Points
In-Season Video Messages from Coach Whipple
Gridiron Club Gift (Different Gift for Each Level)
Opportunity to Purchase Away Game Ticket
Exclusive Access to the Hunt Hospitality Room in the Football Performance Center During Home Football games for You and a Guest
Private Practice
Dinner with Coach Whipple
Comp. Entry to Gridiron Golf Tournament
On Field In-Game Recognition


The University of Massachusetts is committed to building and sustaining a football program that exemplifies competitive excellence both on and off the field while competing at the Division I FBS level that alumni, current and future minutemen will be proud off. The difference between a good program and a great program is the support of its alumni and friends. We need your help to ensure greatness for our beloved UMass Football program.

By making a contribution to the UMass Athletics by way of the UMass Gridiron Club, you can make an immediate impact by assisting to improve the quality of the student-athlete experience that UMass Athletes provides. Your contribution(s) to UMass Athletics Gridiron Club immediately makes you a booster. Once an individual or entity becomes a booster that identity is retained indefinitely, even if involvement with the athletics program ceases.

The University of Massachusetts is committed to operating our athletics program in a manner consistent with the letter and spirit of the NCAA rules. The University will not compromise the integrity of the institution when it comes to rules compliance. Everyone associated with our department is responsible for rules compliance. Coaches, Administration, Boosters as well as Student-Athletes and their family play an integral role in maintaining our institutional integrity.

To join the Gridiron Club online today, click here.

To become more involved with UMass Football
and the Gridiron Club, please fill out this form.

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For more information about becoming a Gridiron Club member, please contact UMass Athletics Development at 413-545-4290. Thank you for supporting UMass Football!

2018 Schedule

Aug. 25 Sep. 1 Sep. 8 Sep. 15 Sep. 22 Sep. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 3 Nov. 10 Nov. 17

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