This weekend, Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall will continue a tradition that began when he was at Brigham Young University and start what he hopes becomes an annual event in Charlottesville.
On Friday, Mendenhall, his staff and players will host the first Virginia Football Women’s Clinic since he arrived on Grounds in 2016.
“All throughout my career, women’s clinics have been part of our format,” Mendenhall said. “Memorable is the best way to describe them. There’s always something that happens on our women’s clinic night that is fun, memorable and entertaining.”
Mendenhall said past clinics have included fashion shows, with players modeling different uniforms and discussions on rules with active referees. One year, a coach, who Mendenhall wouldn’t name, showed up in a tuxedo.
“That really provided for an unruly group,” Mendenhall said. “I think at one point his sleeves got ripped off.”
This year’s event will include a tour of the football offices, picture opportunities with the Belk Bowl trophy and a talk with Mendenhall on his vision for the program. And, of course, there will be on-field drills.
“Sleds will be pushed, bags will be tackled and balls will be thrown and punted,” Mendenhall said. “I love to connect, and this allows us to connect with the Charlottesville community and the women who love football.”
The event runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and will be held on the practice field beside the McCue Center. Those interested must register online. A link to the form can be found on the home page at virginiasports.com.