Former Mount Mercy University Men’s Basketball Coach and Men’s Athletic Director Kevin Touhey will be recognized by friends and family for his contributions to Mount Mercy athletics during a gathering on Feb. 22 from 1-5 p.m. The get-together will be held in Hennessey Recreation Center, a building which Touhey helped make a reality.
“He had a lot of input into the Hennessey Recreation Center, which was being built in his last years here, but he never got to coach in it unfortunately,” said Paul Gavin, men’s head basketball coach and a former student athlete of Touhey’s.
Appropriately, the event will be held during the women’s and men’s basketball games.
Touhey, who was inducted into the Mount Mercy Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990, was the men’s basketball coach for six seasons, 1979-80 through 1984-85. While at Mount Mercy, he had an important role in creating a strong men’s basketball team.
“From my standpoint, he made Mount Mercy men’s basketball relevant,” Gavin said. “He was the first coach to really go outside of Eastern Iowa to bring athletes to campus. He not only brought them in from the East Coast, but from Chicago and other bigger cities.”
After the men’s game ends, attendees will regroup at Mulligan’s Pub on Old Marion Road to enjoy more conversation with Touhey, who has been battling cancer for over a year.
“Kevin wants to see as many people as he can. He has lived on the East Coast since he left here in 1985; he hasn’t seen his MMU family much.”
The Mount Mercy community is invited to cheer on the Mustangs on Feb. 22 and stop by to thank Coach Touhey for his monumental contributions to men’s basketball.