PARKERSBURG - One of West Virginia University's promotions let's sports fans know "The Mountaineers Play Here!''
That will be the case tonight when WVU's Coaches Caravan makes its annual Parkersburg stop from 6 to 8 p.m. at J.P. Henry's Restaurant.
Local fans will get a chance to mingle with WVU athletic administrators and coaches. The Parkersburg stop is one of the most popular on the statewide tour and one of the top fundraisers for WVU athletics.
Representing the Mountaineer football team will be head coach Dana Holgorsen, recently-hired senior associate head coach Tom Bradley and director of football operations Alex Hammond.
Head basketball coach Bob Huggins -who never has missed the Parkersburg stop on the Coaches Caravan - ill be accompanied by assistant coaches Billy Hahn and Ron Everhart.
Serving as Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be The Voice of the Mountaineers, long-time WVU announcer Tony Caridi.
Plus, WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck will be on hand to talk about the Mountaineers' athletics program.
Eric Fitzer of Intra State Insurance, the long-time organizer of the local caravan, notes that the Mountaineer coaches always are quite willing to have their pictures taken with fans and to sign autographs.
As always, there will be drawings for door prizes for WVU merchandise and tickets.
One of the reasons the Parkersburg dinner is one of the most successful stops on the caravan tour is the number of local sponsors.
In addition to funding scholarships for WVU student-athletes, Mountaineer Athletic Club members play a pivotal role in the enhancement, construction and maintenance of facilities and in the establishment and operation of key services and support functions for the athletic department.
All monies raised from the event will go to support the MAC.