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The Spartan Spirit Award has been presented annually by the Club since 1992 to members in good standing of the Downtown Coaches Club who through their actions and in the opinion of the Board has/have best displayed true Spartan spirit to promote athletic teams of Michigan State University.


The 2017 Spartan Spirit Award recipient is Mary Ann Brandt.

Mary Ann has supported MSU athletics for more than 40 years, but life didn't start out that way. As a little girl, Mary Ann would listen to wolverine football games on the radio. When Mary Ann later met the love of her life Jim, an MSU graduate, she became an MSU fan. Mary Ann and Jim have been MSU season ticket holders in football and men's basketball for 37 years. They have traveled with the Spartans to away football games at 10 of the 14 Big Ten Conference schools. They have also traveled to several bowl games. Mary Ann has been a member of the Downtown Coaches Club for 18 years, joining in 1999 while the guest of a close friend. She was elected to the Board of Directors 12 years ago, being elected on her first campaign. She has been involved in and has supported the DCC committees that manage the By-Laws, Luncheons, Website, Student of the Week, Awards, U-Pick-'Em and Raffle/door prizes. Mary Ann was the Club's liaison for our website, working with her husband Jim and our current webmaster. With John Folkers, she has coordinated the Student of the Week Award. For the past few seasons, Mary Ann and Jim have been wintering in Florida. They have connected with a group of about 40 fellow Spartans, and have established a special room in a local restaurant for watching televised Spartan basketball games.

Congratulations, Mary Ann!

We are sad to report that Mary Ann died on August 5, 2017, due to heart-related issues.

Recipients of Spartan Spirit Award

2017 Mary Ann Brandt, 2016 Don & Lynn Barbera, 2015 Janet & Tom Milan, 2014 Duane Vernon, 2013 Marge Hart, 2012 Duane Bartrem, 2011 Jack Nelson, 2010 Alda Henderson and Mildred Richardson, 2009 Dominic Carbone, 2008 Eldon VanSpybrook, 2007 Pat McPharlin, 2006 Constantine "Con" Demos, 2005 Lanita Brown, 2004 Roxy Eaton, 2003 Thomas Searl, 2002 Jim Thompson, 2001 Fran Angell and John West, 2000 Mike Mannings, 1999 Ken Sudall, 1998 Gaylord Krebs, 1997 Cameron and Peg Dean, 1996 Gil Haley, 1995 Gene Scott, 1994 Ken Patenge, 1993 Jim Adams, 1992 Michael "Doc" Bigelow