Champions Among Us

Thursday, May 26 2022

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The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley is proud to announce our signature event – Champions Among Us presented by PNC – on May 26th at 5pm. We are excited to gather at the beautiful Lake Club to welcome the University of Cincinnati Football Head Coach Luke Fickell and our very own Youngstown State University Football Head Coach Doug Phillips with special guest YSU President Jim Tressel.


In just five short years, Luke Fickell has built the University of Cincinnati into one of the top programs in all of college football. This pas season Fickell guided the Bearcats to a 13-0 regular-season record, making them the only unbeaten team in the nation. Cincinnati played in college football’s playoff, losing to Alabama in the semifinals. Prior to taking the job at Cincinnati, Fickell served on both Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer’s coaching staff at Ohio State, winning national championships with both Tressel and Meyer. A former standout player at Ohio State, Fickell made a school-record 50 straight starts on the Buckeyes defensive line between 1993 and 1996.

Doug Phillips is entering his 3rd season as the Head Coach at Youngstown State. Prior to coming to YSU, Phillips worked as an assistant coach under Luke Fickell at Cincinnati from 2017-2019. Phillips also has coaching experience at Iowa State and Bowling Green. President Tressel will join Coach Fickell and Coach Phillips for an exciting evening that will support our United Way.

We hope you will join us as well for an evening with Coach Luke Fickell, Coach Doug Phillips, and President Jim Tressel. You will enjoy the Lake Club’s exquisite cuisine with hors d’oervres, sit-down dinner, and open bar before the up-close-and-personal fireside chat with the coaches!

For more information or if you are interested in reserving a spot,
please email Roxann Sebest at
or Tina Chance at