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Duluth East Basketball Tip-Off Dinner


Please join us for our 4th Annual "Tip-Off Dinner" featuring our Keynote Speaker, Joel Maturi. 

When: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Where: Greysolon Moorish Room, Duluth


Joel Maturi Biography

Joel Maturi has been recognized for great success at each athletic level, as an athlete, coach, and administration, earning him Hall of Fame honors after his tremendous success in all three of those levels.

Maturi is a Minnesotan. He graduated in 1963 from Chisholm High School, where he played football and basketball. He was a recruited football walk-on at Notre Dame, but never played a down due to injuries suffered in high school. That allowed him to spend more time with and learn from the coaching staff. During his senior season, the Fighting Irish rose to become the National Champions after years of average football. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1967.

After his graduation from Notre Dame, Maturi was hired at Madison (Wisconsin) Edgewood High School where he spent 19 years and proceeded to coach football (where one of his players, comedian Chris Farley, later based his "Saturday Night Live" character Matt Foley partly on Maturi), basketball, and baseball. As a basketball coach, he won 242 games and was selected to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1992. His last 15 years at Edgewood he also served as athletic director.

In 1987, he became assistant director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin, and later rose to an associate director of athletics. Notably, Maturi was involved in the hiring of Barry Alvarez as football coach.

He became athletic director at the University of Denver in 1996, helping move all the school's athletic programs to the Division I level in his two years there.  Then, he moved on to the same positions at Miami (Ohio) and eventually the University of Minnesota in 2002.

At the University of Minnesota, Maturi accomplished a recovery from the Clem Haskins Era Men’s Basketball scandal, secured funding for an on-campus football stadium, and hired Tubby Smith from the University of Kentucky to be the Men’s Basketball Coach. During his tenure, the Golden Gophers amassed seven National Championships. 

In 2012, Maturi retired as the Athletic Director at the University of Minnesota. Recently, the University of Minnesota renamed the Sports Pavilion in his honor. Now 72 and married to Lois for 43 years, he turns his attention to his family, specifically to their five grandchildren.

Past Speakers

2014-2015 Season: Gary Holquist (former Head Men's Coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth) & Bob Kunze (former Head Boy's Coach at Duluth East High School)

2015-2016 Season: Don Ness (Mayor of Duluth, former basketball player at Duluth Central)

2016-2017 Season: Nick Guida (former Head Boy's Coach & Minnesota State Champion at Buffalo High School)

HUGE THANKS! The EBA Tip-Off Dinner raised over $3000 for our programs! 

A special thanks to the following: 

EBA Board Members 

Mike Van Scoy (Master of Ceremonies)

Mike, Karla, and Tori Seymour

Nick Guida (Keynote Speaker)

Joey Zwak (Former Player)