A-State to introduce Nick Bhardwaj at Friday press conference
Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) - Arkansas State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir
that California-native Nick Bhardwaj has filled the Red Wolves "Head
Coach Experience" position for its upcoming Spring Game this Friday,
April 18, at 7 p.m.
athletics department will hold an 11:00 a.m. press conference Friday at
the Convocation Center
auditorium to introduce Bhardwaj as the winner of its "Coach Experience"
opportunity, which will place him on the headset with the Red Wolves'
coaching staff to lead one of the teams in the scrimmage. The press
conference is open to working media and the public,
and it will be streamed live on AStateRedWolves.com. Those attending
the press conference should enter at the Convocation Center's lower red
entrance to gain access to the auditorium.
placed a winning bid of $11,700 on an eBay auction that will put him at
of all the action Friday night. As the head coach, the 25-year old
Bhardwaj will give the pregame and halftime talk to his team, determine
if they ‘go for it' or punt on fourth downs and make play-calling
will receive photos and video of his coaching experience, wear official
A-State coaching gear
and, if he leads his team to a victory, receive a Powerade bath as part
of his bragging rights. Bhardwaj will also receive a mock one-day
contract from Mohajir at the press conference and be issued an A-State
jersey with his name embroidered on the back.
love the outpour of support from A-State fans and the community," said
Bhardwaj after winning
the auction. "Since realizing I was going to win the auction, I have
been reviewing tapes from last season for both Arkansas State and North
Carolina to better understand offensive and defensive strategies. I've
been reading every piece of press on the current
team and recruits for A-State, so I am looking forward to hitting the
ground running and learning as much as I can during this experience.
followed Arkansas State through the years, especially during Sun Belt
and bowl season, but I have hit a whole new level when it comes to being
a fan. I have become extremely familiar about the history of the
football program, and I now feel like I am a part of the Red Wolves
is the CEO and cofounder of Beyond Games, a gaming studio based in San
operating to deliver the best experiences possible on smartphone and
tablet devices. The company is funded and backed by various venture
capital firms and angel investors. Prior to Beyond Games, he was the
Vice President of Monetization at NaturalMotion,
which was recently acquired by Zynga for $527 million.
Northern California native, Bhardwaj was born in San Jose and attended
high school in El Dorado
Hills just outside of Sacramento. Now a San Francisco resident, he
attended San Jose State University for a few years before leaving the
school to pursue a career in technology based startups.
are looking forward to having Coach Bhardwaj fill our first-ever ‘Coach
for our spring game," said Mohajir. "He obviously has a great passion
for college football, and it's evident he is excited about this
opportunity by the way he has researched our University, community and
football program. We are certainly glad to have him
here, and his involvement will bring an added level of entertainment to
to Bhardwaj, a self-proclaimed huge sports fans who enjoys everything
from the NFL,
MLB, NBA and college sports to international soccer and cricket, the
opportunity will allow him to not only have a fun experience, but also
study the data and analytics behind sports.
will be a great addition to our sidelines for our spring game, and we
are eager to get
him involved," said A-State head coach Blake Anderson. "We're thrilled
with the energy and enthusiasm he's displayed since winning the auction,
so everyone is looking forward to getting him on campus to continue his
prep for our spring game."
is no charge for parking or admission to the spring game, which will
include four quarters
and a halftime. Prior to the game, the Centennial Bank Stadium field
will be open from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for kids who want to come on the field
and play with various practice equipment while interacting with some of
the Red Wolves' players.
Tailgate City will host activities for all ages between 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Broadcasters will provide music in the tailgating area that will include
inflatables and face painting. Following the game, A-State players and
coaches will be available on the field to sign autographs and visit
Red Wolves began their spring camp under Anderson on March 17 with
their first team practice
since ending the 2013 season with a 23-20 victory over Ball State in the
GoDaddy Bowl. A-State is holding 15 practices, including its spring
game, over a five-week period that will end April 21.
Season tickets remain on sale for the Red Wolves' 2014 campaign, and will be available for purchase
at Centennial Bank Stadium the day of the spring game.