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Football Operations Center Excerpt from the 2022 Edition of Gratitude


One Bank gives $50,000 to Tennessee Tech’s Football Operations Center 

A man and woman stand on a sidewalk in front of the One Bank signA local financial institution recently made a significant investment in Tennessee Tech Football.

One Bank’s $50,000 gift to the Football Operations Center will help Tech recruit and retain student-athletes and increase the program’s economic impact.

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Golden Eagle football alumni look to honor Don Wade with memorial in Football Operations Center 

A black and white photo of Don Wade

When Sam Smith saw that the new Football Operations Center would include opportunities to name spaces both inside and outside, he knew he wanted to do something to honor former head football coach Don Wade. Wade served as Tech’s head football coach from 1968 to 1982, and as athletic director from 1974 to 1980.

“In my four years at Tech, I learned that Coach Wade was genuine,” said Smith. “He was tough, sarcastically funny, loyal and loving – albeit tough love. Coach Wade’s impact continues to influence my life today. Don Wade earned the right to have his name permanently inscribed in the new facility.” 

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Tennessee Tech raises $105,000 for Football Operations Center on Giving Tuesday 

Coach Alexander celebrates with the football team in the locker room.Head Football coach Dewayne Alexander and his wife, Angy, promised to match every gift made on Giving Tuesday, up to $35,000.

Their commitment and belief in the project inspired many alumni and friends to make gifts as well, making Tennessee Tech's 2021 Giving Tuesday its most successful ever. 

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President and CEO of AMIkids says Tennessee Tech football prepared him to be a leader  

A headshot of Mike ThorntonAs president and chief executive officer of AMIkids, Inc., Mike Thornton, `89 business management, leads the nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. 

It’s hard to imagine where many of those individuals might be today without AMIkids and without Thornton at the helm. And it was at Tennessee Tech – in the classroom and on the football field – that Thornton first learned the skills needed to be a leader.

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Lifelong friends, Tech alumni lead fundraising initiative for Golden Eagle Football 

A photo of Ottis Phillips and Dianne Murphy smiling behind a large cutout of Tommy Tech. They are standing in front of the Varsity Building.Decades of friendship and a love for Golden Eagle Athletics have inspired two Tennessee Tech alumni to partner in leading fundraising efforts for a Football Operations Center on campus.

Phillips and Murphy credit their Tech education for successful careers. Both are members of Tech’s Foundation Board, and Murphy says when the topic of Tech’s football facilities came up at a meeting, she knew she wanted to partner with her friend on the project.

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Football Operations Center Excerpt from the 2021 Edition of Impact

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