Mark Richt spoke at the Macon Touchdown Club’s year-end jamboree before he even had even a spring practice as head coach at Georgia.
And 11 years later, he’s back.
Richt is the featured speaker for the club’s annual jamboree, 11 years and five days after that debut back on Feb. 12, 2001.
The dinner and banquet will be Feb. 17 at the Methodist Home for Children and Youth on Pierce Avenue.
“It’s big for us,” said King Kemper, executive director of the club, who finalized the details Wednesday. “It was a good year for them, and he has a big following in Middle Georgia.”
Richt has cut back on speaking engagements in recent years, but he was a speaker at the club during the 2010 regular season. He made his Touchdown Club debut less than two months after Georgia hired him on Dec. 26, 2001.
“He has made an effort to cut back some,” Kemper said. “So it’s a nice coup for Macon to get him as a great follow-up to a good season for them.”
Georgia finished 10-3 in 2011, winning 10 straight games en route to the SEC East title. The Bulldogs lost to LSU in the SEC title game and Michigan State in the Outback Bowl.
The club will also announce its all-state Super Seven team, which last season included three players headed to Georgia and one each to Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Auburn and Alabama.
It was also will announce its state coach of the year, top lineman and back from Bibb County, as well as coach of the year and several scholarship winners.
Former Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen was last year’s speaker.
The jamboree is on a Friday to be in conjunction with a high school football coaches clinic run by OrthoGeorgia and Mercer.
“It’s going to be a fun night,” Kemper said. “It’s a little different for us, doing a Friday night venture, but we were willing to do it because we’re excited about Mercer and seeing them be successful, and OrthoGeorgia has been a great partner for us.
“With all the high school coaches and all, we’ll have a large, large crowd.”
The cost for non-members is $30, and the program starts at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kemper at 750-7507 or Philip Sanders at 808-1494, or see www.macontouchdownclub.com.