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NIU coaches hit the road for annual caravan tour
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Published: 5/7/2009 4:23 PM

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DeKALB - Northern Illinois Univeristy coaches and staff will hit the road to meet and greet fans at the annual Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund spring caravan tour.

Coaches Jerry Kill (football), Ricardo Patton (men's basketball), Carol Owens (women's basketball) and director of athletics Jeff Compher will headline the events to be held in Chicago, St. Charles, Rockford and DeKalb/Sycamore over the next four Thursdays.

At each caravan stop, the public can hear directly from the coaches and Compher, and will have a chance to ask questions as well as engage in one-on-one conversation. There will be drawings for door prizes, the opportunity to order football season tickets, and food and drink available for purchase.

The first of the four Spring Caravan stops will be in Chicago at 4:30 p.m. May 14 at Goose Island (3535 Clark St. ) in Wrigleyville. Kill, Compher, Owens, volleyball coach Ray Gooden and men's soccer coach Steve Simmons top the list of expected NIU attendees.

One week later, on May 21, the Huskies head to the Filling Station (300 W. Main St.) in St. Charles. Kill, Patton, Owens and Compher make up a portion of the line-up as Northern Illinois fans will congregate on the patio.

On May 28, Northern Illinois coaches and staff, including Kill and Patton, baseball coach Ed Mathey, women's soccer coach Carrie Barker and wrestling's Dave Grant, will head north to Rockford's Aldeen Golf Club (1900 Reid Farm Road) where the caravan activities kick off at about 6:30 p.m. Prior to the evening event, NIU coaches and staff will participate in an afternoon golf outing at the Aldeen Golf Club. Fans interested in playing golf with the Huskies hould call the HASF Office at 815 753-1923.

The final caravan event will take place on June 4 at Johnny's Charhouse (1950 DeKalb Ave.) in Sycamore from 5-7 p.m. The NIU contingent will be in the back room of the restaurant with Kill, Patton and Owens the featured coaches. Barker, Mathey, Gooden and softball coach Lindsey Chouinard are also on the list of attendees.