USF coaches tour Bulls on Parade to make stop in Sarasota area

The Bulls on Parade tour will stop in the Sarasota area June 1.

The Bulls on Parade tour will stop in the Sarasota area June 1.

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 21, 2015) – Bulls fans are invited to mingle with University of South Florida coaches when the Bulls on Parade USF Coaches Tour makes a stop in the Sarasota-Bradenton area June 1.

USF Head football coach Willie Taggart, head men’s basketball coach Orlando Antigua, head women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez and Director of Athletics Mark Harlan are among those set to meet with alumni, students and fans.

The 6 to 8 p.m. event will be held at Lee Roy Selmon’s Restaurant, 8253 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota.

Admission is free with advanced registration. Admission at the door is $10 for adults and $5 for USF and USFSM students and children under 18.

The visit, which includes door prizes, appetizers, a team gear sale and a question-and-answer session with the coaches, is part of a four-stop tour that also includes Tampa, St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale.

Formerly the “Around the Horns” tour, the annual coaches’ event is intended to rally alumni and fans. Last year’s stop included a Kiwanis Club luncheon and dinner cruise. The year before saw a cruise and breakfast with business leaders. Past tours featured golf tournaments.

This year, USF officials sought to create a more upbeat, casual event to broaden its appeal to alumni and fans, said Marcy Lanoue, USF director of development.

“For the cruises we were really limited on how many people we could allow,” she said. “And then what about those alumni that don’t play golf? So we decided to shake things up a bit.”

This year, officials are aiming for a festive atmosphere “at a place where you would go with your buddies after work to have a beer,” she said. “It should be fun, and the fans will really get a chance to talk with the coaches.”

Expect lots of team giveaways. Radio personality Jim Lighthall and “Voice of the Bulls” Jim Louk are set to attend as well. Also, a coaches’ panel will be set up for fans to toss out questions.

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