Broussard to headline WSU Tip-Off Premiere

As Wright State tries to grow its new tradition, the Tip-Off Premiere, organizers picked a keynote speaker for this year’s event who has experience expanding his reach.

ESPN basketball analyst Chris Broussard will headline the second annual Tip-Off Premiere on Oct. 6.

“He’s a guy that’s had a highly successful career as a writer then segued into television and reached the highest level of that and parlayed that into a career as a public speaker,” said WSU associate athletic director Jeff Giles.

“He specializes in leadership and teamwork, things that mean a lot to a college basketball team as they enter a new season,” Giles added. “The lessons he’s going to impart on our student-athletes and the attendees are things that are relatable to a broad spectrum of people.”

The Tip-Off Premiere will feature presentations by first-year men’s basketball coach Scott Nagy and first-year women’s coach Katrina Merriweather. Following a highlight video and player introductions, each coach will talk about the expectations for the upcoming season.

The evening will begin with a VIP meet and greet with Broussard, followed by a cash bar, silent auction and dinner. After the coach presentations, Broussard will deliver his keynote speech.

Clark Kellogg was the keynote speaker for last year’s initial Tip-Off Premiere, which Giles said was a success and should help build momentum for this year’s event.

“The fundamental goal when you put on an event like this is do it right and make sure it’s executed properly,” Giles said. “You want people to walk out of there saying we know what we’re doing and they’ll want to come back next year and bring a friend. I think we did that.”

General admission is $70 per person, while VIP admission is $115. A general admission table for eight costs $500, while a VIP table is $800.

Registration deadline is Sept. 29.

Baseball: The two-time defending Horizon League champion WSU baseball team will hold a walk-on tryout ay 5 p.m. Monday at Nischwitz Stadium.

To be eligible, student-athletes must be accepted to Wright State, be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours for the current quarter, be registered and cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and must have a physical from a physician prior to the first day of tryouts with proper documentation to give to the WSU athletic training staff.

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