ESPNís Fran Fraschilla to be Guest Speaker on Oct. 17
TOLEDO, OH — Former college basketball coach and current ESPN game/studio analyst Fran Fraschilla will serve as the guest speaker for Toledo’s annual Rocket Roundball Social being held on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the main floor of Savage Arena.
University of Toledo President Dr. Lloyd Jacobs and his wife Ola are hosting the event and all proceeds will go directly to the University of Toledo Men’s Basketball Progress Fund.
The Rocket Roundball Social offers individuals the opportunity to meet Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk, his staff and players while enjoying food from some of Toledo’s finest restaurants.
A silent and live auction will also be held during the evening with some of the items available for purchase including a “Roadtrip with the Rockets”, “All-Access Program Pass for a Game”, Toledo basketball apparel and assorted memorabilia.
Advance ticket options include:
• Individual ticket - $75.00
• Reserved table of 10 - $1,000
Payments can be made via cash, credit card or check. Checks should be made payable to the UT Foundation. Please reserve your tickets by Tuesday, October 15 by contacting Toledo Basketball by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (419) 530-7739.
Kowalczyk is entering his fourth season at UT’s helm and has orchestrated a dramatic turnaround since his arrival in 2010. UT registered the second-largest turnaround in NCAA Division I Basketball in 2011-12 with a 19-17 win-loss mark and followed that up by sharing the MAC West Division title with Western Michigan last season. The Rockets are returning four starters from last year’s squad, including all-conference guards Rian Pearson and Julius Brown, as well as MAC All-Freshman Team member Nathan Boothe.
Fraschilla joined ESPN as a college basketball game and studio analyst in 2003. In addition to men’s college basketball, Fraschilla has been an analyst on ESPN’s NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship coverage since 2007 and is a regular on ESPN and ESPNU studio shows. At ESPN, he has worked the NBA Draft, the FIBA World Championships and has covered the NBA and high school basketball. Fraschilla posted an overall record of 175-100 with his teams making eight post-season appearances in nine years, including three NCAA Tournaments (1993, 1995 and 1998).