Herb Klein, Board of Directors
Klein, president of the 1987 Holiday Bowl, served the bowl from 1978 – 2009 and was an active member of the bowl’s board of directors since 1981. His leadership and tireless efforts on the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl’s behalf were unparalleled. In addition to serving as bowl president, Klein was an integral member of the bowl’s national strategy, civic strategy, nominating, sponsorship and team selection committees. He was elected by his peers as the honorary chair of the 1995 bowl game.
Sonny Lubick, Head Coach
Colorado State, 1994, 1995,1997
Lubick led Colorado State to three Holiday Bowl appearances. Having lost in his first two in 1994 and 1995, Lubick brought the Rams back to San Diego in 1997 and faced off against the Missouri Tigers. Down three at halftime, CSU scored 21 second-half points to defeat the Tigers 35-21 and give Lubick his first career bowl victory. The victory also gave Colorado State its best record in school history, finishing with an 11-2 mark. Lubick coached Colorado State in the inaugural San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in 2005.
Kyle Whittingham, Linebacker
Whittingham played in the first four Holiday Bowls with the BYU Cougars. After appearing in the inaugural game in 1978 as a running back, Whittingham returned as a linebacker in 1979, 1980 and 1981. Whittingham tallied 27 tackles in those three years, including 16 against SMU in 1980. In BYU’s victory over Washington State in 1981 Whittingham earned defensive MVP honors by recording ten tackles and a fumble recovery. Whittingham coached the Utah Utes in the 2007 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.