The Pebble Beach Coaches Classic started in 1991 with three coaches, and today it averages around 30 coaches each year. This year marked the 30th annual gathering for the event. The coaches who play are all current collegiate football coaches and it is a private invitational event. Each year the participants collectively select a charity to help support above and beyond the course dues.
This year, the following coaches participated and donated to the Dick Tomey Legacy Fund:
Marcus Arroyo (UNLV), Brent Brennan (San Jose State), Rich Brooks (Former, Oregon), Jedd Fisch (Arizona), Turner Gill (Former, Arkansas), Danny Gonzales (New Mexico), Clay Helton (Former, USC), Pat Hill (Former, Fresno St.), Jimmy Lake (Washington), Chip Lindsey (Troy), Seth Litrell (North Texas), Gary Patterson (TCU), Rocky Long (New Mexico), Nick Rolovich (Washington State), RC Slocum (Former, Texas A&M), Bob Stoops (Former, Oklahoma), Ted Tollner (Former, USC), Ilaisa Tuiaki (BYU), and Dino Babers (Syracuse).
Since 2019, the Pebble Beach Coaches Classic, which brings together the "who's who" of college football coaches, has donated roughly $100,000 to Positive Coaching Alliance through the Dick Tomey Legacy Fund. These funds go directly to supporting coach, athlete, and parent training in the areas where Coach Tomey made the most impact -Hawaii, Arizona, and San Jose. Since the passing of Coach Tomey, who was the founder of the Pebble Beach Coaches Classic, Margo Daniels, and the team at the Pebble Beach Golf Course have been incredibly generous in identifying the Dick Tomey Legacy Fund as the beneficiary of the funds donated by college coaches and supporters from around the country.
"It is incredibly humbling to see the support that the college football community has poured into the Dick Tomey Legacy Fund since its inception in 2019", said Rich Tomey, Regional Director for Positive Coaching Alliance and Founder of the Dick Tomey Legacy Fund. "Teaching and learning life lessons through sports was always the part of the game that my dad loved the most. He was more concerned about his players being successful members of society, and never lost sight of that throughout his entire career. To this day, people that played for him talk more about the man that shaped the types of fathers and business leaders they are, and that is something we should all strive for when talking about the impact and importance that PCA makes across the country."
This year's tournament participants included Dino Babers, Head Football Coach at Syracuse University. Coach Babers matched all donations to the Dick Tomey Legacy Fund, and shared, "There is no doubt that Coach Tomey is one of the reasons I am where I am today. He was a great man that I'm proud to call my coach, my mentor, and friend. I feel blessed that I'm able to contribute in his name for such a great cause."