UMass Football Family, Friends, and Supporters:
The momentum and excitement surrounding the Minutemen continues to catapult us into the next era of Massachusetts football. I am sincerely grateful for your overall support and confidence in my dynamic coaching staff and me as your Head Football Coach.
We continue to be relentless in identifying dedicated, hardworking, and high character student-athletes to join the Minutemen movement. We are excited to welcome these new young men as part of our 2019 inaugural signing class. Learn more about the new Minutemen by clicking here.
It is exciting to put together my first signing class as the leader for Massachusetts football; however, we are not done by yet. To maintain the incredible Minutemen momentum we need you to make our 2019 signing class complete.
The combination of our incredibly gifted 2019 signing class and your continued support makes for great opportunities for success. We are offering you a National Letter of Intent (NLI) for an opportunity to commit to financially supporting the football program and helping us achieve success.
By committing to being a part of the next era of Minutemen football, our program immediately gets better and continues moving forward in placing itself in the best position to compete at the highest level.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to receiving your NLI.
Walt BellHead Football Coach University of Massachusetts
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.
Board of Directors
Paul Manganaro '87 President
Tom Mullen '74
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
2019-20 Gridiron Club
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.
|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|
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.