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Football Alumni Network

Welcome to the Football Alumni Network (F.A.N.) at the University of West Georgia! This community is dedicated to bringing together UWG football alumni to reminisce, fellowship, engage and give back to a program that has enriched their own lives. For as long as there have been football alumni from West Georgia, gatherings and events have focused on connectedness and tradition. This group is formed with a three-tiered purpose:

All football alumni are welcomed and encouraged to participate no matter when they attended UWG.   

We want to give back to the University of West Georgia in a meaningful way. There are many resources needed within our football program and the F.A.N. can help close the gap. 

As the largest alumni group from UWG, our goal is to create a meaningful impact like providing career-connected opportunities for our current student-athletes to enhance and help launch their careers before graduation, in service to the University’s strategic plan.

So, if you wore the uniform as a player, blew the whistle as a coach, or had an official support role for UWG football, this is the group for you!   


Join the Football Alumni Network


  • Register below for our 2023 events!

FAN Summer Reunion 2023

Football Alumni Network Homecoming Tailgate

Football Alumni Network Golf Tournament

  • Check out our Events Calendar for the most updated list of upcoming events


Pictured: Tracy McDaniel '98

Tracy McDaniel '98

Tracy McDaniel, also known as “Big Ace” by his friends and teammates, was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. A 1998 graduate of UWG’s Richards College of Business, he is a former offensive lineman for UWG Football and has remained connected to the team as a supporter since graduation. He has been married to his wife, Kiki McDaniel, since 1998, and they currently reside in Carrollton, where he has established himself as a trustworthy professional in the financial industry for over 20 years as a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments.

Tracy is also the co-founder of "Chase the Victory," a non-profit organization created to fulfill the legacy of his son, Chase, who passed away in 2019 at the age of 17 after a seven-month battle with childhood cancer. He loves being a husband and a father and enjoys sharing and encouraging others with biblical truths, spending time with his family and friends, watching college football, visiting the beach, and cooking. 

Pictured: John Copeland '97

John Copeland '97

John Copeland, a 1997 graduate of West Georgia’s Richards College of Business.  Known as “Cope” by his teammates and friends, he is currently on the team of Archer Western Construction part of the Walsh Construction Group. Hailing from Valdosta GA with a strong finance professional career with over 25 years of experience and a BBA focused in Accounting. He is currently a Division Controller with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry.  Skilled in budgeting, operations management, cost management, contract management and team building.

John has been an active supporter of West Georgia Athletics since he and his wife returned to the Atlanta area in 2016. He also enjoys running, cycling, downhill skiing, roller skating, watching college football and spending time with family and friends .  He has been married to Kemisha Copeland since 2000 and they currently reside in Metro-Atlanta



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