Ball State head football coach Pete Lembo (@Pete_Lembo) will be conducting his annual Career Night for the football student-athletes Friday evening.
“Our primary mission as coaches is to fully develop our student-athletes in every aspect of their lives," Lembo says. "Annual events such as Career Night help our players develop a vision for where they might want to go after their Ball State experience ends. Only a small handful of college players make it to the National Football League. Even those special players need a plan for a productive future once their playing days are over. By bringing back former lettermen, we are also educating the current team members about the history and tradition of the football program. Hopefully, this makes our student-athletes more appreciative of the opportunities that we have here today. Career Night also provides a chance for select football alumni to reconnect with the current program in a very meaningful way.”
At this year's Career Night, football alums Lloyd Brown, Mike Davis, Keith McKenzie, Steve Monson, Bill Rinehart and Kyle West are scheduled to speak.
Brown is the training and development manager for Monarch Beverage in Indianapolis, Ind. Brown lettered for the Cardinals from 1995-97 and was a part of the 1996 Mid-American Conference Championship team that played in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Davis, who lettered for the Cardinals from 1981-84, was a team captain for Ball State in 1984 and was named Ball State's John Hodge Award recipient as the team's most outstanding freshman in 1981. Davis is the president of Davis/Haslam, Inc., in Noblesville, Ind.
McKenzie, who is the linebackers coach at Wayne State, lettered for the Cardinals from 1993-95. He was Ball State's Most Valuable Player as a senior before playing eight seasons in the National Football League. McKenzie was a member of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Championship team in 1997.
Monson, an assistant director of admissions at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, Ill., lettered in football at Ball State from 1999-2001. He was a member of the Cardinals' 2001 MAC West Division Championship team and went on to play in the Arena Football League and AFL2.
Rinehart, who lettered in football at Ball State in 1984, is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Unicorn Media. He graduated from Ball State in 1986 and currently resides in Arizona.
West, the senior operations manager for Trends International, lettered in football for the Cardinals from 1972-74. West was a wide receiver for Ball State prior to his 1976 graduation an tallied four games of 100 or more yards receiving in his career.
Ball State concludes the 2013 spring practice season with the annual Cardinal and White Game Saturday at 3 p.m. The Cardinals open the 2013 season with a home game vs. Illinois State Thurs., Aug. 29, in Scheumann Stadium.