The Princeton University Department of Athletics, in conjunction with the Princeton Varsity Club, held a “Roast and Toast” to celebrate Gary Walters, his 20-year run as Princeton’s Director of Athletics and his more than 50-year association with the University Saturday night at Jadwin Gym.
The formal part of the evening featured tributes – both heartfelt and humorous – to Walters from those who have been his friends and colleagues from his time at Princeton and long before. There were speakers, including University president Chris Eisgruber and Vice President of Campus Life Cynthia Cherrey, as well as former teammates like Chris Thomforde and Larry Lucchino, Princeton’s Hall-of-Fame basketball coach Pete Carril (who was also Walters’ high school teacher and basketball coach) and former Princeton Deputy Athletic Director and current University of Chicago AD Erin McDermott.
Many others offered “Roasts” and “Toasts” by video, including another Walters’ teammate, Bill Bradley and Bill Ford, who spoke about how the theme of “Education Through Athletics” inspired him to endow the Director of Athletics position.
The evening featured nearly 500 guests, who came from every area of Walters’ life, from his youth in Reading, through his playing days, coaching days, business days and finally his long tenure as AD.
The Princeton community is invited to join us in McCosh 10 on Thursday, April 6th for a conversation with Jeff Ingold ’90 and Ted Price ’90 as part
The Princeton community is invited to join us in McCosh 10 on Thursday, April 6th for a conversation with Jeff Ingold ’90 and Ted Price ’90 as part of the Jake McCandless ’51 PVC Speaker Series. Ingold and Price are former Princeton squash teammates who have gone on to very unique careers in the entertainment industry, producing some of the most recognizable television shows and video games in the world.
Jake McCandless ’51 PVC Speaker Series Conversation with Entertainment Executives Jeff Ingold ’90 & Ted Price ’90
The conversation will be moderated by Ford Family Director of Athletics, John Mack ’00. The speaker series event is free and open to the general public (no advanced registration required). The Jake McCandless ’51 PVC Speaker Series was endowed in the name of J.L. “Jake”McCandless ’51, who coached Princeton to the 1969 Ivy League football championship during the Tigers’ centennial year of football. Click here to learn more about the series and past featured speakers.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FEATURED SPEAKERS Jeff Ingold ’90, is the President of Bill Lawrence’s Doozer Productions at Warner Bros. Television. He just wrapped production on the third season of the two-time Emmy award winning series Ted Lasso, as well as Shrinking (starring Jason Segel and Harrison Ford) and Bad Monkey (starring Vince Vaughn), both for Apple TV+.
Prior to joining Doozer Productions, Ingold was the longtime comedy head at NBC. After rising through the ranks as a current executive on such hit NBC shows as Just Shoot Me, Will & Grace, and Scrubs, Ingold transitioned to the development team where he oversaw The Office. In 2006, Ingold was promoted to the head of NBC comedy under then President, Kevin Reilly. During the rest of his tenure, which included expanded oversight of Universal Television comedies in addition to NBC, Ingold supervised the critically acclaimed series 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, And Community. When he left in 2011, Ingold’s title was Executive Vice President, NBC and Universal Comedy Series.
Ingold is a graduate of Princeton University and the USC Marshall School of Business. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Ted Price ’90 is President and Founder of Insomniac Games – a videogame developer with over 500 employees located across US and Canada, working remotely and onsite in its bi-coastal offices. In 2019 Insomniac was acquired by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Since 1994 Insomniac has created high profile game franchises in the console, VR, AR and mobile spaces. Some of its more popular creations include the Spyro the Dragon series, the Ratchet and Clank series, the Resistance: Fall of Man series, Sunset Overdrive and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Upcoming games include Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Marvel’s Wolverine for the PlayStation 5.
Insomniac’s games have sold over 100 million units worldwide since the company’s inception. Insomniac has also won numerous local, state and national workplace awards for its unique culture.
Price’s responsibilities at Insomniac include directing the company’s strategic planning and helping shape its culture as well as contributing to its projects. Price is also the Vice Chairman of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in English.
Join fellow Princetonians on Tuesday, April 11th from 12:00-1:30 p.m. for the spring edition of the PVC Luncheon series, where you will hear updates from several spring season
Join fellow Princetonians on Tuesday, April 11th from 12:00-1:30 p.m. for the spring edition of the PVC Luncheon series, where you will hear updates from several spring season Tiger head coaches and student-athletes, as well as remarks from Ford Family Director of Athletics, John Mack ’00.
The event will take place at the Friend Center (Convocation Room 113; use Olden St. entrance) on Princeton’s campus. Please RSVP below (or reach out to 609-258-8955) if you plan to attend the Spring Coaches Luncheon – we look forward to seeing you!
(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Each year, the PVC celebrates the accomplishments of our senior class with the year-end Gary Walters ’67 Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet. This special occasion will honor the Princeton Athletics
Each year, the PVC celebrates the accomplishments of our senior class with the year-end Gary Walters ’67 Princeton Varsity Club Awards Banquet. This special occasion will honor the Princeton Athletics Class of 2023 on Thursday, May 25th in Jadwin Gymnasium to kick-off Reunions weekend. We look forward to being joined by families, friends, coaches, staff, alumni and our Team Around the Team for this celebratory banquet.