COLLEGE STATION --- A pair of Texas A&M students have been selected to serve as honorary coaches in this Saturday’s Maroon and White Game presented by Melrose StudentSuites™ and Allstate, Aggie head football coach Mike Sherman announced on Wednesday.
Joining the Aggie staff for the day are Joseph Delgado, a junior communications major from Saginaw, Texas, and Courtney Roland, a freshman agricultural communications and journalism major from Spring, Texas.
Earlier this spring, Sherman challenged the A&M student body to submit video clips to AggieAthletics.com detailing why he or she should be selected as the special student coaches for the game. After reviewing all the submissions, eight video clips were shown to the Aggie football and the team chose the videos submitted by Delgado and Roland.
“One of the things I wanted to accomplish early this spring was to integrate our football team with the student body and the student body with our football team,” Sherman said. “We wanted to let the 12th Man feel that they were a huge part of what we are trying to accomplish. We had a great response. The videos were very passionate displays of the students’ love for Texas A&M and the Fightin’ Texas Aggie football team. Everyone that submitted a video was first-class and it was very difficult to get down to the final two.”
Delgado and Roland will be invited to meet with Coach Sherman the week prior to the Maroon & White Game, as well as come to selected practices and meet the team they will be coaching. The student coaches will also give his or her respective team a pre-game talk and be on the sidelines in the coaches’ box throughout the spring game, interacting with coaches, player and staff.
The Maroon & White Game presented by Melrose StudentSuites™ and Allstate is free to all people college age and under. The day is designed to be a family-friendly, fan appreciation day. Festivities will begin at 10:45 a.m. with an autograph session with the team and coaches and last for approximately an hour-and-a-half. At 12:30, Director of Athletics Bill Byrne will deliver his annual State of the Aggies address at Rudder Theater, which seats 750 people. Admission is free, and seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis.
At 2 p.m., Texas A&M’s seventh-ranked softball team will take on Big 12 foe Kansas at the Aggie Softball Complex. At 3 p.m., Aggie Fan Zone on Joe Routt Blvd. behind the Zone at Kyle Field will open with festivities geared towards families and youth such as music, inflatable games, food, face-painting and more. Just as every game day, there is no charge for Aggie Fan Zone.
The Maroon & White Game presented by Melrose StudentSuites and Allstate will kick off at 6 p.m. and will feature a game-like scrimmage, situational scrimmage, a performance by the Aggie Band and other activities to be announced in the weeks leading up to the game. To cap off the day and night of festivities, a fireworks and audiovisual production is scheduled in stadium.