Cyclone Gridiron Club Accomplishing Goals
AMES, Iowa- Paul Rhoads’ vision of a successful football program at Iowa State has certainly come to fruition. Record-setting crowds in Jack Trice Stadium and bowl berths in three of four seasons can attest to this fact.
Building a program is so much more then wins and losses, however. One of Rhoads’ first priorities on the job was finding different ways for fans to generate support and funding for the program. He succeeded immediately by making the Cyclone Gridiron Club an emphasis for Cyclone football.
The success of the Cyclone Gridiron Club was crystal clear over the weekend. The CGC held its third annual Coaches Cook-off at the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. Members of the club got the chance to meet with the Cyclone coaching staff.
CGC president, Jay Chapman, couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout.
“The enthusiasm for this program is wonderful, and of course, Coach Rhoads has a lot to do with that,” Chapman said. “The love he has for ISU football trickles down to all the season ticket holders. All the Gridiron Club members see that, and it’s a great connection we have within this club.”
Chapman and the Gridiron Club Executive Board (Todd Ashby, Lee Griffin, Dick Richman and Brian Chittenden) work tirelessly year round to help the advancement of Cyclone football by raising money for special projects and services for the program.
The CGC has raised over $1,250,000 of non-budgeted expenses strictly toward the football program, figures which hasn’t gone unnoticed by Rhoads.
“To run a first-class football program with the budget Iowa State football is operating on, you need extra funds,” Rhoads said. “Iowa State operates with one of the lowest budgets in the country, so a club like the Gridiron Club allows us to accomplish things that we wouldn’t otherwise accomplish. Our weight room needed to be the crown jewel of our new facility for two primary reasons: to recruit and to develop. Without the Gridiron Club’s support, it wouldn’t be that way, and we are already reaping the benefits.”
ISU Director of Football Operations Brian Schwartze is the liaison for the CGC and been a big part of its development. He’s seen its membership more than double in just a short period time.
“The club has grown dramatically over the last couple of years,” Schwartze said. “The Gridiron Club acts like a backstop for us in anything that comes up during the year that is a non-budgeted item. Right now, the weight room that we have is second to no one in the country, and that is thanks to the Cyclone Gridiron Club.”
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