- Who: Clint Hurdle, manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates
- What: Keynote speech followed by a Meet & Greet with fans
- Where: JFK Student Center (view map)
- When: October 12, 2017 | Keynote starts at 6:40 p.m. | Meet & Greet starts at 8:00 p.m.
- Keynote: Tickets are sold out for the Keynote address.
- Meet & Greet: Tickets are NOT required for the autograph and photo session. Walk-ins are welcome.
Clint Hurdle, manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will speak at Saint Francis University on October 12, 2017. The event, hosted by the
SFU Shields School of Business as part of the Dr. Zanzuccki Lecture Series, will consist of a keynote speech followed by an autograph and photo session. Both appearances will be located at the JFK Student Center on campus, and are free and open to the public.
The “Dr. Zan” Lecture Series brings influential public figures to SFU each year, all of whom embody the spirit of Saint Francis University. This university’s motto,
“Become That Someone,” will be the theme of this year’s event.
“The Dr. Zanzuccki Endowed Chair in Business Distinguished Speakers' Lecture Series is pleased to invite Coach Clint Hurdle to speak on the new branding theme for Saint Francis University, ‘Become that Someone’,” said Dr. Randy Frye, Dean of the Shields School of Business. “Coach Hurdle will address soft management skills, such as teamwork, leadership, and overcoming adversity. He is the perfect speaker to address our theme.”
Additionally, Clint Hurdle will speak about his journey from a top-prospect player in the MLB to an award-winning manager, and the personal struggles he overcame to get to where he is today. He is widely admired for his perseverance and unique managerial style, having led two struggling MLB teams to multiple successful seasons and franchise records.
In 2013—three years after signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates—Hurdle coached the team to its first winning season and playoff appearance since 1992. Prior to managing the Pirates, Hurdle served as the manager of the Colorado Rockies, where he led the team to its first pennant win in franchise history. He is currently ranked #6 in wins amongst active MLB managers.
Hurdle recently signed a 4-year contract extension with the Pirates, ensuring his position with the team through 2021.
“I love working here,” Hurdle told the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I love working in this organization. I'm proud to be a Pirate, have been proud to be a Pirate. I want to do everything I can to get an opportunity to continue to move forward and bring a world championship to this city.”