UMass Football Family, Friends, and Supporters:

    We are building something great at the University of Massachusetts, developing student-athletes that will help create and sustain the next era of UMass Football. We are all working tirelessly to create something that you can be proud of. There is still plenty of work to do but we are committed to the process of getting better each day.

    Your continued support and investment in our program is appreciated. You have a direct impact on the student-athletes, and their experience at the University. Thank you!

    Walt Bell
    Head Football Coach University of Massachusetts

    About Us


    The UMass Gridiron Club is committed to elevating the football program of our state's Flagship University.


    The Gridiron Club will achieve this vision by providing resources to positively impact our student athletes' overall success and assisting the coaching staff with team needs. Private contributions from alumni, family and friends support endeavors to directly impact the student-athlete experience including athlete nutrition, sports performance, technology, academic achievement and post-graduation preparation.

    Throughout the year, the UMass Gridiron Club hosts events to build connection among members and with the football program. Events include a signature golf tournament, pre-game tailgates at all home and selected away games, and signing day events. Members are encouraged to share their expertise at Gridiron sponsored mentoring and career development workshops designed to strengthen student athletes' connections to the community and UMass alumni network.

    Board of Directors

    Bill DeFlavio '72 President

    Tom Mullen '74 Vice President

    Paul Manganaro '87 Immediate Past President

    Kole Ayi '01

    Cliff Bolden '00

    Frank DiTommaso '81

    Demo Drougas '85

    Kristin Kanter '07

    Logan Laurent '18

    Anne Manning '87

    Khari Mitchell '99

    Darryl Thomas '97

    David Biancamano Ex Officio

    Gridiron Club Member Benefits

    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.

    Gridiron Club Member Benefits Chart
      Hall of Fame $10,000 Ring of Honor $5,000 Champion $3,500 All-American $1,500 All-Conference $500 Captain $250 Minutemen $100
    In-season video messages from Coach Bell, priority points, MMC membership, autmobile decal, special event invitations
    Gridiron Club gift Different gift at each level  
    Opportunity to purchase away game tickets    
    Invite to private practice, Football Performance Center Hunt Hospitality Room 10 passes 8 passes 4 passes 2 passes      
    Comp entry to Gridiron Golf Tournament Pregame Field Access        
    Dinner with Coach Bell, on field recognition          
    Accompany team on away game trip            

    Join the Gridiron Club today!

    By making a contribution to the UMass Athletics by way of the UMass Gridiron Club, you make an immediate impact on the quality of the student-athlete experience. Your contribution(s) to the UMass Athletics Gridiron Club immediately makes you a donor (support the University financially). Once an individual or entity becomes a donor 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 those NCAA rules. Everyone associated with our department is responsible for rules compliance. Coaches, administration, donors as well as each student-athlete and their family play an integral role in maintaining our institutional integrity.


    For more information about becoming a Gridiron Club member, please contact Senior Associate Athletic Director Dave Biancamano at Thank you for supporting UMass Football!

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