Panthers Receive Futures Bowl Rings In Ceremony

By  //  February 26, 2014

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COMMEMORATES inaugural season

ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech head football coach Steve Englehart discusses the Panthers’ 2013 season with Space Coast Daily’s Matt O’Hern. 

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Florida Tech football players had an extra pep in their step as they filed into the meeting room of the Varsity Training Center Monday night to receive their rings for winning the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Futures Bowl last November.

Head coach Steve Englehart (left) and Florida Tech President and CEO Dr. Anthony J. Catanese (right) show their ECAC Champions Bowl rings following Monday's ceremony at the Varsity Training Center.  (Florida Tech image)

Head coach Steve Englehart (left) and Florida Tech President and CEO Dr. Anthony J. Catanese (right) show their ECAC Champions Bowl rings following Monday’s ceremony at the Varsity Training Center. (Florida Tech image)

The rings were symbolic of not only their 32-20 bowl win over fellow first-year program Alderson Broaddus, but of the hard work the coaching staff and student-athletes gave throughout the inaugural season.

The season was one of many firsts and it will be a season the team will look to build on heading into the fall.

“When we were looking at rings, one of the most important things to me was having ‘Inaugural Season’ on it,” head coach Steve Englehart said.

The ring, manufactured by Jostens, features the Panthers’ logo and the words “ECAC Futures Bowl Champions” on the top. On one side is the last name of the recipient, the Panthers’ helmet, the acronym N.O.W. standing for No Other Way, their position and jersey number. (Florida Tech image)

The ring, manufactured by Jostens, features the Panthers’ logo and the words “ECAC Futures Bowl Champions” on the top. On one side is the last name of the recipient, the Panthers’ helmet, the acronym N.O.W. standing for No Other Way, their position and jersey number. (Florida Tech image)

“It shows a lot of hard work that went into that first year. It’s definitely a big momentum boost for next year. Rewards are a great way to motivate people. These young men might lift a little harder and run a little longer because they have something like this that they can look at and know it’s a great symbol of hard work and what’s to come if hard work continues.”

The ring, manufactured by Jostens, features the Panthers’ logo and the words “ECAC Futures Bowl Champions” on the top.

On one side is the last name of the recipient, the Panthers’ helmet, the acronym N.O.W. standing for No Other Way, their position and jersey number.

On the other side is the Florida Tech wordmark, the words “Inaugural Season,” the Futures Bowl Trophy and 2013. Etched inside the ring is “Panther Pride.”

“This is something I will always remember,” Englehart said.

“I’ll remember that first group. I’ll think back and remember some of the games. Beating Shorter the way we beat them at the end of the game, having the bowl victory, driving up to West Virginia and eating at the Shoney’s in West Virginia at 7 a.m. after driving through the night. A lot of memories will come back when I look at this ring.”


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