Florida State University athletic director David Coburn is set to headline an upcoming meeting of the Greater Pensacola Seminole Club.
“A Seminole Evening” will include a cocktail hour, meet and greet and plated dinner on Thursday at Skopelos Restaurant at New World Inn in downtown Pensacola. The cost is $60 per person or $100 per couple.
Coburn will be the keynote speaker on a night that will also include appearances by Seminole greats Mickey Andrews, James Coleman and Keith Cottrell.
“He’s not just going to focus on football,” GPSC president David Forte said. “He’s going to touch on all things that are going on with Florida State athletics. The current success, future plans and future goals for the athletic department.”
Florida State athletics has experienced quite a few successes, changes and transitions in recent years.
The Seminole basketball program is currently ranked No. 5 nationally and has made back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances as well as an Elite Eight run in 2018.
Florida State’s baseball program just completed its first coaching change in decades as legendary coach Mike Martin passed the baton to his son Mike Martin Jr., who just this week completed his first official practice as FSU head coach.
Meanwhile, the football program has undergone extensive changes with last fall’s firing of Willie Taggart and the ensuing hiring of Mike Norvell, moves which added to previously existing budget concerns.
Forte said Coburn’s appearance will include a question and answer session in addition to his scheduled speech.
Tickets can be purchased via PayPal (PayPal.Me/PensacolaSeminoles) in advance. Additionally, checks and Venmo exchanges will be available at the door.
“We’re going to do our best to accommodate everyone at the door if they show up and want to get in,” Forte said. “We’re not leaving anyone standing on the outside looking in.”
The Greater Pensacola Seminole Club has welcomed new leadership in recent years including Forte and Escambia County Clerk of Courts Pam Childers.
According to Forte, Pensacola’s club is one of the four or five charter clubs established when FSU first began to expand supporter and alumni organizations.
“We’re excited to bring some juice back to Pensacola,” Forte said. “…We have a longstanding history with the university and they’re excited to come over.”
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