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Delta State University officially began a new era at Parker Field-McCool Stadium, as director of athletics Ronnie Mayers and head football coach Todd Cooley cut the ribbon on the recently installed synthetic turf on Monday, Aug. 11. President Bill LaForge addressed the crowd of fans, alumni and community leaders prior to Cooley clipping the ribbon.
 "We are thankful for the generosity of those who gave to this project and for the many fans, alumni and community leaders in attendance here today," Mayers said. "This project will help propel our program forward and will be an asset to all 13 of our intercollegiate sports."Completed in just 39 days, the new turf at Parker Field-McCool Stadium was installed by Geo Surfaces, Inc., of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Delta State is the fifth school in the Gulf South Conference to make the switch to a synthetic playing surface and the first collegiate client for Geo-Surfaces, Inc., in Mississippi. The project features Geo-Surfaces’ latest synthetic surface with six-foot wide sidewalks surrounding Parker Field. A 45’ x 90’ synthetic field for pregame stretching and practice is also a part of the design.  A feature that fans will not see is Mississippi’s first patented GeoFlo shock pad and drainage system. The system is design to help curtail injuries sustained from contact with the field while helping to assist drainage. The system will be the same one used by the National Football League’s Pro Bowl, NFL Challenge Field and Louisiana State University’s football practice field.   DSU’s Parker Field-McCool Stadium will feature a new picnic area located in the north end zone, new visitors side concession stand and restrooms, new men’s and women’s soccer locker rooms and renovated concession stands when the Statesmen open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, Sept. 27 for Pig Pickin’ versus Central State (Ohio). 

Delta State University officially began a new era at Parker Field-McCool Stadium, as director of athletics Ronnie Mayers and head football coach Todd Cooley cut the ribbon on the recently installed synthetic turf on Monday, Aug. 11. President Bill LaForge addressed the crowd of fans, alumni and community leaders prior to Cooley clipping the ribbon.


"We are thankful for the generosity of those who gave to this project and for the many fans, alumni and community leaders in attendance here today," Mayers said. "This project will help propel our program forward and will be an asset to all 13 of our intercollegiate sports."

Completed in just 39 days, the new turf at Parker Field-McCool Stadium was installed by Geo Surfaces, Inc., of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Delta State is the fifth school in the Gulf South Conference to make the switch to a synthetic playing surface and the first collegiate client for Geo-Surfaces, Inc., in Mississippi. The project features Geo-Surfaces’ latest synthetic surface with six-foot wide sidewalks surrounding Parker Field. A 45’ x 90’ synthetic field for pregame stretching and practice is also a part of the design. 
 
A feature that fans will not see is Mississippi’s first patented GeoFlo shock pad and drainage system. The system is design to help curtail injuries sustained from contact with the field while helping to assist drainage. The system will be the same one used by the National Football League’s Pro Bowl, NFL Challenge Field and Louisiana State University’s football practice field.  
 
DSU’s Parker Field-McCool Stadium will feature a new picnic area located in the north end zone, new visitors side concession stand and restrooms, new men’s and women’s soccer locker rooms and renovated concession stands when the Statesmen open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, Sept. 27 for Pig Pickin’ versus Central State (Ohio). 

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Jackson hosts alumni event

The Delta State University Alumni Association traveled to Jackson July 31 for the annual Greater Jackson Area Alumni Event, held at the Jackson Yacht Club. With over 100 alumni and friends in attendance, the event was another success for the chapter.
Head football coach Todd Cooley and head baseball coach Mike Kinnison spoke to the group, and Alumni Director Jeffrey Farris provided campus updates. President William N. LaForge, who was in California for a conference, did a special call-in to provide a welcome to the group.
Other faculty and staff members in attendance included: Assistant Alumni Director Jordan Thomas; Executive Director of the Alumni-Foundation Keith Fulcher; Director of Donor Relations Ann Giger; Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers; Director of Recruiting Chris Gaines; Admissions Recruiters Robin Rouse and Tyler Dalton; Director of Career Services Davlon Miller; Director of the Child Development Center Stephanie Farri; head women’s basketball coach Craig Rodan; Assistant Athletic Directors Gerald Jordan and Matt Jones; and Assistant Director of Athletic Communications Fred Sington.

John Stringer, president of the Greater Jackson Area Chapter, and Jeffrey Farris, Alumni Director.

A silent auction was also held, with all proceeds going to the Greater Jackson Area Alumni Scholarship. This year’s recipients of the scholarship were: Jamie Smith of Madison Central High School; Candace Harrell of Pisgah High School; and Matthew Evans of Terry High School.
Entertainment for the night was provided by the Double Shotz Band.
Sponsors for the affair included: Celia Aguzzi Manley; Polles Properties; CLH Consulting; Capital Resources LLC; Jason Dees; BKD CPAs & Advisors; Magnolia Health; BankPlus; and Reliance Transportation

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2nd annual Statesmen Football Bash set for Thursday, Aug. 7

Delta State University football fans are cordially invited to join our Statesmen family for the 2nd annual Football Family Bash Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Cleveland Country Club. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a social and will be followed by a family-style dinner at 7 p.m.

"Our program is built on a simple principle, blood is thicker than water and family comes first," DSU head coach Todd Cooley said. "Our family is bigger than the coaches and players on the field. It stretches into the people in the picnic area, grand stands and homes around Delta State. I invite you come join our family on Thursday, August 7 for our 2nd annual Statesmen Football Bash at the Cleveland Country Club. Our family wants you to become a part of the Statesmen and we hope to see you there!"

The event will feature head coach Todd Cooley and his staff, selected players, a silent auction and a chance to win seats on DSU’s charter flight to Florida Tech in October. Silent auction items are outlined below.

Tickets to the event are on sale now for $60.00 per person or $100.00 per couple. Tickets are available for purchase at the Chadwick Dickson Athletic Field House or by calling (662) 846-4300. Child care will also be available for a donation to Delta State Cheer.

2nd annual DSU Football Family Bash Auction Items:
- Guest of the Statesmen at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida (Two seats)
- Dinner at the Cooley’s with head coach Todd Cooley and his staff (Six guests)
- Game Day Coaching Experience (Game of your choice)
- BBQ Party with the coaching staff following DSU’s game with Concordia on Nov. 8 (10 guests)
- Breakfast with the Staff (Two guests)
- Birthday Party with the Statesmen Football team and DSU Cheer
- Autographed helmet
- Tailgating package
- Under Armour apparel package

2nd annual Statesmen Football Bash set for Thursday, Aug. 7

Delta State University football fans are cordially invited to join our Statesmen family for the 2nd annual Football Family Bash Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Cleveland Country Club. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a social and will be followed by a family-style dinner at 7 p.m.

"Our program is built on a simple principle, blood is thicker than water and family comes first," DSU head coach Todd Cooley said. "Our family is bigger than the coaches and players on the field. It stretches into the people in the picnic area, grand stands and homes around Delta State. I invite you come join our family on Thursday, August 7 for our 2nd annual Statesmen Football Bash at the Cleveland Country Club. Our family wants you to become a part of the Statesmen and we hope to see you there!"

The event will feature head coach Todd Cooley and his staff, selected players, a silent auction and a chance to win seats on DSU’s charter flight to Florida Tech in October. Silent auction items are outlined below.

Tickets to the event are on sale now for $60.00 per person or $100.00 per couple. Tickets are available for purchase at the Chadwick Dickson Athletic Field House or by calling (662) 846-4300. Child care will also be available for a donation to Delta State Cheer.

2nd annual DSU Football Family Bash Auction Items:
- Guest of the Statesmen at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida (Two seats)
- Dinner at the Cooley’s with head coach Todd Cooley and his staff (Six guests)
- Game Day Coaching Experience (Game of your choice)
- BBQ Party with the coaching staff following DSU’s game with Concordia on Nov. 8 (10 guests)
- Breakfast with the Staff (Two guests)
- Birthday Party with the Statesmen Football team and DSU Cheer
- Autographed helmet
- Tailgating package
- Under Armour apparel package