Instant “Peay” Play: Austin Peay State University’s Homecoming Week more than just a Football Game

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – If you have a chance to go by Austin Peay State University this week don’t be surprised if you see a little more red and white around the campus, or anywhere else in town for that matter, with the Governors celebrating Homecoming Week.

The theme for the 69th Homecoming Week for Austin Peay is ‘Blast from the Past’, with numerous events planned for both current and former students over the next six days leading up to the 4:00pm, October 26th football game versus Tennessee Martin at Governors Stadium.

Members of the Governors’ Own Marching Band perform during last year’s APSU Homecoming Parade. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU staff)
Members of the Governors’ Own Marching Band perform during last year’s APSU Homecoming Parade. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU staff)

“This year the university is really trying to get all organizations on campus and their alumni involved and not just the Greek organizations,” Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity Noble Ruler Tyler Sisson said. “Most people think it’s just build floats, have the parade and go to the football game, but there is more going on than just that this week.

“Homecoming Week is a big event for students with all the activities, but it’s also a chance to show off the campus to alumni and supporters of the university that may not have been around campus for a while to see all of the progress the school has made, but also celebrate everything it means to be a Governor.”

Although the University’s Alumni and Student Life Department’s schedule and run most of the week’s events, the Athletic Department will have its part in the week’s events, as along with the football game there are volleyball matches on Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th; the 47th Annual Varsity Golf Match and the 35th Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 25th and the Football Letterman Chapter Breakfast on Saturday, October 26th at the Dunn Center.

This will also be a big homecoming for the Athletic Department with a lot of alumni getting their first chance to meet and talk to new Athletics Director Derek van der Merwe.

“As an athletic department, this homecoming is huge because it will be the first real chance for a lot of our alumni, both former athletes and students to get a chance to meet with our new athletic director,” Athletics Marketing & Promotions Coordinator Alaric Klinghard said. “We’re excited about getting Derek out and kind of connected with some of our alumni in a different way.

“With homecoming, a lot of people that come in for some of the events or game that haven’t had the chance to meet and talk with him and have them get a feel for his plan and direction for the department.”

The Homecoming Week will also give the Athletic Department a chance to show off the upgrades to the Dunn Center and other venues on campus, as well as the new plans for Governors Stadium up close and personal to some alumni for the first time.

“There are a lot of our alumni that are around and close by, but there is a lot that aren’t around regularly,” Klinghard said. “So it’s exciting to have them come back and I know he’s excited to be able to talk about the new football stadium and what that’s going to do for our athletic department.

“But there are a lot of new things going on in and around the athletic department that we haven’t really had a chance to show our alumni and how it’s going to benefit everybody. We hope this Homecoming Week we can do some of that, as well as let our former athletes know they are always welcome and will always be a part of the department. Once you play here you always have that connection.”

For more information on any Homecoming Week events at Austin Peay go to www.apsu.edu/student-life/aphomecoming or call Alumni Relations at 931.221.6292.