` Lombardi Awards Banquet-Rotary Clubs of Monmouth County, NJ USA

James P. Burt

Keynote Speaker

James P. Burt (born June 7, 1959 in Orchard Park, New York) is a former American football player who played for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League (NFL). Burt played nose tackle for the Giants team that won Super Bowl XXI and the 49ers team that won Super Bowl XXIV.

Kevin Callahan

Just completed year 23 as the Monmouth Head Coach
The only head coach in the history of football at Monmouth, Kevin Callahan has developed a winning tradition in West Long Branch. Callahan, whose 131 wins is 13th among active coaches at the FCS level, ushered in a new era for MU football when the Hawks joined the Big South Conference in 2014.

Beginning his 24th season at the helm of the Hawks, Callahan has amassed a 131-108 record while his teams have captured five conference titles. Along the way, Monmouth has been ranked among the top 20 in total offense on two occasions and in total defense five times. Meanwhile, over 120 players have earned conference recognition, while numerous Hawks have earned regional and national honors. Regarded as an outstanding coach by his peers, Callahan served as the President of the FCS Football Coaches Committee in 2007-08 and served a 10 year term as a member of the committee. Under his watch, six former Hawks have earned spots on NFL rosters, including Miles Austin who was an All-Pro wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.

The 2015 campaign set a number of firsts for the program, including the Hawks first game against an Football Bowl Subdivision opponent and its first win over a ranked opponent. Callahan and the Blue & White tripled its conference win total in just its second year in the Big South, finishing with a 3-3 record and a third place conference finish. On October 17 Monmouth upset conference foe and No. 22 ranked Liberty 20-17 in overtime, giving the program its first win over a ranked opponent. One week later the Hawks would host top-ranked Coastal Carolina, falling to the Chanticleers on a last second field goal. In all, Monmouth faced a ranked opponent in four of its 11 games in 2015 while also playing Central Michigan on September first in MU's first contest against an FBS squad. Seven Hawks earned All-Big South Honors while sophomore Mike Basile was named All-Big South and All-ECAC Second Team. Academically, Joe Johnson earned Academic All-District II and was named to the Big South Academic All-Star Team for the second consecutive year.

"Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile." --Vince Lombardi

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