DeKALB – You better grab your seat sooner rather than later, because tickets are going fast to see Bears head coach Matt Nagy in person, when he speaks at DeKalb High School.
Carl Richards, director of marketing at Resource Bank, 555 Bethany Road, said tickets are going quickly for the event at 4 p.m. March 17, at the DeKalb High School Auditorium, 501 W. Dresser Road. Seats are $25 and all proceeds go to Family Service Agency of DeKalb County. Tickets can be bought in advance at www.DHStickets.com or at the door the day of the event, although Richards said it's safer to get them ahead of time.
Richards said Resource Bank is thrilled to host the 2018 NFL Coach of the Year, fresh off his first season as head coach. Nagy will give a speech, and then open things up for a question-and-answer session.
"We reached out to Coach Nagy a while ago because we thought his past season, his first season as head coach, was really something special," Richards said. "To take a team from basically worst to first really says a lot about him and the organization."
Nagy, 40, will be speaking on the values of teamwork, his work ethic and what it takes to build a successful team.
"He talks a lot about when he won Coach of the Year, that he was really almost uncomfortable, because it should have been coaches of the year," Richards said of Nagy. "He attributes his success and the team's success to everybody that's involved."
Nagy grew up in Pennsylvania, and went on to play football for the Blue Hens at the University of Delaware, and FCS program. A longtime football player in his own right, Nagy set more than 20 career passing records while he played quarterback for Delaware, and earned All-American honors senior year. After a brief, post-graduation period during which he worked as a real estate agent, Nagy began coaching as a quality control assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles for four years, and then became quarterbacks coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2016, Nagy was promoted to offensive coordinator for the Chiefs, and in 2017, was hired as the 16th head coach of the Bears.
Richards said Nagy coming to DeKalb is an apt reflection of Resource Bank's own work values.
"Resource Bank is the last community bank in DeKalb County," Richards said, adding that the bank's motto is "enriching lives, caring for our communities and believing in America."
"Those three things are kind of the driver for why Resource Bank is in business," Richards said. "And really caring for our community and enriching lives falls in line with bringing somebody like Matt Nagy to our community because that doesn't really happen as often as we'd like."
Service is so much a reigning value of Resource Bank's philosophy, that all proceeds from ticket sales for Nagy's talk will go to Family Service Agency of DeKalb County.
The nonprofit runs several programs, such as Children’s Advocacy Center, a center for counseling, Youth Mentoring (formerly known as Big Brothers Big Sisters) and Senior Services. In addition to the seniors’ Club 55 programs, FSA recently added Senior Connections, through which residents are matched with seniors to bring more socialization, companionship and fun to their lives.
"This is a phenomenal opportunity for us," said Tynisha Clegg, executive director of the agency. "We're currently in the middle of a capital campaign to renovate property we purchased on Sycamore Road. So to have this opportunity to raise funds as an organization, not having to stretch ourselves even thinner to go out and raise funds to be able to provide additional services to our community, that's really amazing."