Florida Tech Football Featured In NCAA Highlight Reel

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ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Tech football program was featured prominently during the 2013 Best Moments and Highlights video featured at the NCAA Division II athletics Convention last week San Diego.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — College presidents, athletics directors and senior woman administrators who attended the NCAA Convention last week in San Diego had a chance to see a NCAA Division II highlight video that featured Florida Tech Football.

Florida Tech head football coach Steve Englehart fires up his troops with a Knute Rockne like speech before the Panthers first ever game against Stetson on Sept. 7. “Ninety-eight percent of the world doesn’t get the opportunity to do something special like this,” said Coach Englehart. Coach Englehart's stirring words must of made an impression on the young Panthers as they proceeded to put a whipping on the Hatters, 20-13, delighting the standing room only crowd at Palm Bay Stadium. (CBS video image)

Florida Tech head football coach Steve Englehart fires up his troops with a Knute Rockne-like speech before the Panthers first ever game against Stetson on Sept. 7. “Ninety-eight percent of the world doesn’t get the opportunity to do something special like this,” said Coach Englehart. His stirring words must have made an impression on the young Panthers as they proceeded to put a whipping on the Hatters, 20-13, delighting the standing room only crowd at Palm Bay Stadium. (CBS video image)

The video began with head coach Steve Englehart giving the first-year Panthers a speech before their inaugural game against Stetson.

The speech aired nationally on CBS Sports Network when the team played then 16th-ranked West Alabama.

In the clip, Englehart is shown saying “Ninety-eight percent of the world doesn’t get the opportunity to do something special like this.”

PANTHER FOOTBALL SHINES AT NCAA CONVENTION

Bill Keopple

Bill Keopple

The sound bite then leads to a pregame speech given by Southern Arkansas head football coach Bill Koepple. The remaining video shows highlights of NCAA Division II Championships from 2013.

Included in the championship portion is footage of redshirt freshman defensive lineman Mike Ferguson touching the nose of the Panther Statue in front of the Panther Aquatic Center.

Florida Tech President Tony Catanese leads the Panthers in the school’s traditional “Panther Prowl”. President Catanese, a true sports visionary, did an incredible job in bringing college football to Brevard County. (SpaceCoastDaily.com video image)

Florida Tech President Tony Catanese leads the Panthers in the school’s traditional “Panther Prowl.” President Catanese, a true sports visionary, did an incredible job in bringing college football to Brevard County. (SpaceCoastDaily.com video image)

In the background, President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese is seen shaking hands with the Panthers as they approach the statue.

This pregame routine, which consisted of a walk from the Denius Student Center to the Varsity Training Center, became known as the “Panther Prowl.”

Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson

The Panthers finished their first season last fall with a 5-7 record.

Their last win came in the first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Futures Bowl over fellow first-year program Alderson Broaddus. The final score was 32-20.

ABOVE VIDEO: CBS Sports Network takes you behind the scenes of the first-ever football game at Florida Tech. Celebrating their inaugural season in 2013, the Panthers stormed back to beat Div. 1 (FCS) Stetson in the school’s first football game. Florida Tech is the only NCAA Division II football program in the state of Florida.


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