KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) will hold its annual Football Media Day press conference on Tuesday, August 5 at the NAIA offices in downtown Kansas City.
The unofficial kickoff to the HAAC football season will return to the NAIA's downtown offices for a second-straight year after holding the event at the renovated offices last year for the first time. The event will provide the opportunity for all 10 football coaches to address local media as well as the fan bases of their respective teams. All media members in attendance will also be able to conduct one-on-one interviews with each head coach.
The press conference will be streamed live via a free webcast, providing access for fans of each team to participate in the presentations and receive early insights into the 2014 campaign. Prior to the start of the press conference, the annual preseason coaches' poll will be released, setting the order in which the coaches will speak.
The HAAC goes into the 2014 season with four teams claiming a top 25 ranking in the NAIA Football Coaches' Spring Top 25 Poll. NAIA Football Championship Series quarterfinalist and defending HAAC tri-champion Baker claimed the top spot among the league's teams at #5. Sharing the title with Baker was Missouri Valley, which also landed in the top 10 at #7, while Benedictine was one spot out of the top 10 at #11 after also claiming a share of the 2013 crown. After just missing out on the postseason in 2013, Peru State was the fourth team in the Spring Top 25 at #24.
The HAAC Football Media Guide will be made available on August 5 in conjunction with the event. Coaches and media members will receive a printed copy while all fans will have access to the document on the HAAC website (www.haacsports.com) following the conclusion of the event.
For those unable to watch the free webcast of the live event, the entire event will be archived on the HAAC YouTube channel. Live updates will also be available during the event on twitter via the HAAC twitter feed (@HAAC_Sports) as well the feeds of each HAAC institution. The entire list will be published closer to the event.
All media members planning to attend should contact Eric Montgomery, HAAC Director of Sports Information and Marketing, at [email protected] or at 520-954-4098. The start time of the event will be announced, but will be between 12:30pm and 1:00pm.