Florida Tech AD Bill Jurgens Ready For Football
By Space Coast Daily // September 5, 2013
FLORIDA TECH TAKES ON STETSON SATURDAY
ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech Athletic Director Bill Jurgens talks about the Panther’s upcoming first-ever game vs. Stetson on Saturday. With Florida Tech for the 44 years, Jurgens has lead Florida Tech’s fortunes on and off the playing field for nearly six decades. In May, his many accomplishments earned him induction into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame as the 2013 Sports Visionary Award recipient.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Florida Tech’s inaugural football season kicks off at 7 p.m., Sept. 7 at Palm Bay High School and the excitement is building all across Brevard County.
The Panthers’ schedule features some of the strongest competition in the country at the NCAA Division II level.
In their inaugural game on Saturday, Sept. 7, Tech will play another first-year program, Stetson University from NCAA Division I-AA. Stetson previously played football from 1901-56. Less than 100 miles separates the institutions.
FIRST EVER COLLEGE FOOTBALL FOR FLORIDA TECH
Brevard County’s first and only college football team will be on national TV on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET from Melbourne, Fla.
Florida Tech, an affiliate of the Gulf South Conference in football, will play its first GSC game against none other than the defending conference champion, the University of West Alabama, at Pirate Stadium.
A challenging six-game home schedule awaits the first-year Panthers. It will begin with the program’s inaugural game on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. against Stetson. Less than two weeks later on Sept. 19, FIT will host defending Gulf South Conference Champion West Alabama in a national TV game on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET. (Florida Tech image)
On Oct. 19, Shorter University from Rome, Ga. will travel to Melbourne for a 2 p.m. GSC showdown. Nicknamed the Hawks, they are in their last year of transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II’s Gulf South Conference. Since their program started in 2005, they have a winning record of 49-38.
HOMECOMING SET FOR OCT. 26
Florida Tech’s first official Homecoming Game is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. ET at Pirate Stadium. The Panthers will square off against Warner University, a first-year program at the NAIA level from Lake Wales, Fla.
The Crimson and Gray will oppose North Alabama, another NCAA Division II power, on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. ET. The Lions have won three NCAA Division II National Championships, nine GSC titles and appeared in the NCAA Division II playoffs 17 times.
In their last home game of their inaugural season, the Panthers will welcome Webber International University to Melbourne on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a 2 p.m. kickoff. An NAIA program, WIU is looking to build off a 4-6 season in 2012.
The Clemente Center is located on the FIT campus at 150 West University Blvd.
In addition to FIT’s six home games, it will play at Newberry College (Sept. 14), Delta State University (Sept. 28), defending NCAA Division II National Champion Valdosta State University (Oct. 5), Ave Maria University (Oct. 12) and the University of West Georgia (Oct. 31). The Panthers’ game at West Georgia will be shown live on regional television. Tickets for all away games are being handled by the athletic departments at the respective home institutions.
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