Vermillion Quarterback Club begins 53rd season

Vermillion Quarterback Club begins 53rd season
The Vermillion Quarterback Club will begin its 53rd season Monday at the Prairie from noon to 1 p.m.

The meeting is open to all fans of USD and VHS athletics. A wonderful lunch is served for a small fee, and coaches from USD and VHS will visit the meeting to preview the upcoming athletic seasons.

The Vermillion Quarterback Club was started in 1953 as a way to show support for the USD football team. "Rube" Hoy was athletic director and basketball coach at the university, and Henry Garnage was the head football coach.

They were both trying to get the club started again after WWII. Dan Lennon was the head track coach and assistant football coach.

The club met weekly, usually on Mondays, and the coaches reported on the games that had recently taken place and gave the outlook on upcoming games.

There were some years where supporters like Jeb Collins would bring movies of away football games that they had taken and many in the group stayed long after lunch to re-live the action.

The meetings were originally held at the American Legion meeting room on East Main Street in Vermillion with meals provided by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Years ago, the high school coaches were invited to come and report and have become a key part of the meetings. Meetings in recent years have highlighted not only the football programs but also most of the sports programs at USD and VHS.

And although the club has moved to many different locations over the years – the most recent being at the Prairie – the Vermillion Quarterback Club has met each year for over 50 years.

That tradition continues, beginning Monday at noon. The public is invited to join the club at the Prairie as it continues to support local athletics.

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