UMass Football Family, Friends, and Supporters:

    Defining Moments

    • Received $1,000,000 gift from The Colton Family to create the first fully funded endowment scholarship to support UMass Football

    • Surpass $1M mark in Football Excellence Fund in support of Don Brown hire

      Major Gift from Neal Brown to support UMass Football

    • Closed previous fiscal year with Gridiron Club records of $291,812 dollars raised from 471 donors (2020-21 academic year)

    • Upgrades to Sports Performance Suite (Nutrition Center, installation of turf training area and addition of new equipment)

    • Major gift from All States Materials Groups towards the Football Performance Center

    • Bob and Marianne Foote donate Major gift to fund the Bob and Marianne Academic Success Center in Boyden

    • Paul and David Manganaro donate Major gift to support a new videoboard at McGuirk Alumni Stadium

    • Marty Jacobson donates $5.58 million toward air support structure (bubble) project; UMass Football Performance Center is named in his honor

    • Major gift Gift from Frank and Peter DiTommaso towards the Football Performance Center

    • Major gift from Jim and Ellen Hunt towards the Football Performance Center

    • Major gift from Bill Welch towards the Football Performance Center

    • Groundbreaking of Football Performance Center

    • Marty and Richard Jacobson donate $2.5 million to name UMass Football Press and Skybox Complex at McGuirk Alumni Stadium

    • First win as an FBS program

    • Major gift from Bob and Marianne Foote towards the Football Performance Center

    • Move to FBS

    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

    Tom Mullen '74 President

    Bill DeFlavio '72 Immediate Past President

    Kole Ayi '01

    Jason Bermant '98

    Cliff Bolden '00

    Michael Chuma '82

    Brandon Flanagan '11

    Matt Goldstein '05

    Demo Drougas '85

    Kristin Kanter '07

    Logan Laurent '18

    Paul Manganaro '87

    Khari Mitchell '99

    Courtney Robinson '16

    Farrah Segaloff '08

    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 messages from UMass Football, priority points, MMC membership and special event invitations
    Gridiron Club Parking Lot (home game parking) 3 passes 2 passes 1 passes 1 passes 1 pass 1 pass  
    Gridiron Tailgate Access (pre-game hospitality event) 10 passes 8 passes 4 passes 2 passes 2 passes 2 passes  
    Jim and Ellen Hunt Hospitality Room Access (in-game hospitality event) 10 passes 8 passes 4 passes 2 passes One Selected Game    
    Pregame Field Access        
    Dinner with Coach Brown, 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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