The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, will be the site for the 2015 Ohio Athletic Conference Football Media Day Tuesday, August 4 at 10:30 am.
Defending conference champion University of Mount Union enters the season ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in national preseason polls. The Purple Raiders claimed their 26th overall and 23rd consecutive OAC title and advanced to the national championship game -- Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl -- for a 10th consecutive season in 2014.
At the media day, each of the OAC's 10 head coaches will give a preview of their team's upcoming season, while a student-athlete from each institution will take a couple of questions at the podium from conference commissioner Tim Gleason.
Vince Kehres in his third year as a head coach and senior defensive back Alex Kocheff (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) will represent Mount Union at the podium.
After lunch the conference's preseason media and coaches polls will be announced, supervisor of football officials, Danny Kleckner will go over rule changes along with answering questions, followed by coaches and players being made available for one-on-one interviews.
The OAC Bill Nichols Media Service Award named in honor of the long-time Cleveland Plain Dealer writer will also be presented to Mount Union's Harry Paidas.
Paidas is a 1974 Mount Union graduate worked for the Ohio Athletic Conference when it was part of the Mid-American Conference office and held sports information positions at Captial and then OAC member Wittenberg before returning to his alma mater in 1983. During his time at Mount Union, he has held a variety of administrative positions -- most notably vice president for public relations and from 2009-15 was a member of the faculty and department chair of communications. Throughout his years with the Purple Raiders he has broadcast numerous athletic events including television broadcasts of Mount Union football with hall of fame announcer and fellow Bill Nichols Award winner Joe Tait.
The Raiders first practice is August 16.