Neal Brown and his coaching staff have been busy getting ready for the 2020 season both in person and virtually — but not too busy for the annual Ladies Huddle presented by Civil & Environmental Consultants on Thursday.
This year’s event, which will be hosted by Tony Caridi and benefit the Mountaineer Athletic Club, will obviously look quite different. Typically, Mountaineer fans run out of the tunnel at Milan Puskar Stadium and participate in drills with coaches and student-athletes, along with cocktails, shopping, questions and answers with the coaches, and much more.
“I know we can’t give them the experience of running through the tunnel, but we can give them something completely different and new,” said Emily Lyons of the MAC.
While the participants will be at home, they will have the opportunity to participate in many of the same activities as before. They were notified ahead of time via email to have a football and cones ready for drills, as well as the ingredients prepared for the new signature Blue and Gold Cocktail to be revealed.
There will also be a virtual fashion show, talks from coaches as well as a question-and-answer session with Coach Neal Brown and his wife, Brooke.
Last year’s Ladies Huddle’s registration was capped at 175 participants, but Lyons says this year’s will have over 200 in virtual attendance.
“We’re hearing feedback that many of the women are very excited because they would not otherwise be able to participate in this event due to their location, being out of state,” Lyons said. “It’s very exciting. We’re even considering doing a virtual component to this in future years.”