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Former UT coach Pinkel gives speech at Savage Areana

03/23/2017, 1:11pm EDT
By BLADE STAFF

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel arrives with his team at the Glass Bowl, September of 2014. Blade

Former University of Toledo football coach Gary Pinkel was back in Toledo today as part of the Key Bank Global Leaders Summit presented by the University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation.

Pinkel was the keynote speaker and shared his personal views on leadership in front of a large group of business leaders gathered at Savage Arena.

Pinkel was the head coach at Toledo from 1991 to 2000 and had a career record of 73-37-3. He was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 1995.

“It’s great to back here,” Pinkel said. “All three of my kids graduated from high school here and two of them graduated from the University of Toledo. It’s such an important part of my life and I have a bunch of good friends still here. Toledo looks like it is doing great too, so it’s really awesome.”

After leaving Toledo, Pinkel was the head coach at Missouri for 15 seasons, where he led the Tigers to 10 bowl games.

Pinkel shared with the audience what he called the Mizzou Culture, which consisted of an extensive set of guidelines and philosophies that Pinkel used to help turn the Missouri program back into a winner.

“I have a bit of a story to tell I think,” Pinkel said. “I like doing that. I like talking about leadership. There are so many different aspects of it and I try to put a few twists on it. This was really well done. I’m very honored that they invited me.”

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