VIDEO: Previewing the 12-Stop Coaches Caravan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With spring practice in the books, head coach Bill O'Brien, along with seven other Penn State coaches, are set to embark on the 2013 Coaches Caravan beginning April 30.

8876342.jpegBuilding on last year's successful road tour, O'Brien and Nittany Lion basketball coach Patrick Chambers will kick off this year's 12-stop excursion in front of a sold out lunch crowd on the Penn State Berks campus in Reading on April 30.  The bus will then travel to Philadelphia for an evening session featuring O'Brien and Chambers.

"I'm really excited.  We decided to do the Caravan again because we thought the turnout last year was excellent," O'Brien said.  "We are looking forward again to getting out there and connecting with the alums and fans and all the people who support our athletic program, and obviously the football program."

"I'm fired up.  It's going to be great to get to Reading and Philly; I'm going back home," Chambers said.  "It's going to be great to see a lot of the alums, a lot of the fans.  I thought it was great last year.  We had such a good time."

Day two (May 1) of the Coaches Caravan kicks off in Baltimore with a lunch stop with a full lineup of leaders - O'Brien, Chambers, three-time defending NCAA champion wrestling coach Cael Sanderson and two-time defending Big Ten women's basketball champion coach Coquese Washington.  The quartet will also be the headliners at the May 1 evening reception in Washington, D.C.

The first week of the Caravan will conclude with a lunch stop in Lancaster and an evening stop in Camp Hill (Harrisburg) with O'Brien, Sanderson and five-time women's volleyball national champion head coach Russ Rose on May 2.

Among the coaches slated to join O'Brien on the road during week two of the Coaches Caravan are field hockey's Char Morett, men's volleyball's Mark Pavlik, Chambers and men's hockey's Guy Gadowsky.

"These people reach out to us all the time - they come to our games, they send us letters, they e-mail us," O'Brien said.  "I think it is really important for us to return the favor, so to speak, to get out there to meet them and talk to them and to reiterate all the things that are great about Penn State and its athletic program."

GoPSUsports.com will again board the modified Fullington Trailways motorcoach for all 12 stops on the Caravan.  Look for photos, video and written content from all 12 locations as the Penn State Coaches Caravan hits the road for six days in the coming two weeks.

Watch O'Brien and Chambers preview the 2013 Coaches Caravan.  Register today for a stop near you, and we look forward to seeing you on the road.



2013 Coaches Caravan Schedule
Week One:
April 30
Penn State Berks; Reading (lunch-SOLD OUT)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers, Bill O'Brien

Philadelphia (evening reception)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers, Bill O'Brien

May 1
Baltimore (lunch)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers, Bill O'Brien, Cael Sanderson, Coquese Washington

Washington, D.C. (evening reception)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers, Bill O'Brien, Cael Sanderson, Coquese Washington

May 2
Lancaster (lunch)
Coaches: Bill O'Brien, Russ Rose, Cael Sanderson

Harrisburg/Camp Hill (evening reception)
Coaches: Bill O'Brien, Russ Rose, Cael Sanderson

Week Two:
May 7
Penn College of Technology; Williamsport (lunch-SOLD OUT)
Coaches: Char Morett, Bill O'Brien, Mark Pavlik

Allentown/Breinigsville (evening reception)
Coaches: Char Morett, Bill O'Brien, Mark Pavlik

May 8
New York City (lunch)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers, Char Morett, Bill O'Brien, Mark Pavlik

Scranton (evening event)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers, Bill O'Brien, Mark Pavlik

May 9
Penn State DuBois (lunch)
Coaches: Guy Gadowsky, Bill O'Brien, Mark Pavlik

Pittsburgh (evening reception)
Coaches: Guy Gadowsky, Bill O'Brien, Mark Pavlik


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