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Coaches Caravan: Day V - New York and Scranton

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SCRANTON, Pa. - The Penn State Coaches Caravan rolled into Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon for a lunch stop in New York City before heading to Scranton for dinner.

Nittany Lion basketball coach re-joined the Caravan on Wednesday to make it a four-coach lineup in New York.  Chambers, along with head coaches Bill O'Brien, Charlene Morett and Mark Pavilik all spoke to a sold out crowd of 220 at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan.  Chambers, O'Brien and Pavlik then traveled west for the Penn State Alumni Association Greater Scranton Chapter dinner in Dickson City, Pa.  Take a look through some highlights on day five of the Caravan.

Stop IX - New York City (The Edison Ballroom)
Just down the block from Times Square on 47th Street in New York City, a sold out crowd of 220 supporters packed The Edison Ballroom for the ninth stop on the tour.  Coach Morett joked as she took the microphone that she felt like she was on Broadway performing and thanked the crowd for coming to her debut show.

The stage in The Edison Ballroom featured leather, padded armchairs for all of the coaches to sit in.  With that in mind, Coach Chambers opened up his speech by telling the crowd that he felt like he was sitting on the set of Johnny Carson.  The room erupted into laughter.

Chambers also shared his love for Madison Square Garden, what he called the mecca of basketball.  He coached in The Garden as an assistant at Villanova.

O'Brien added some lighthearted jabbing with the New York fans about their professional sports teams.

But all of the joking aside, the New York stop was another good reminder about the way the athletic department at Penn State truly functions as One Team.  All of the coaches support one another.  They all get along.  And they all understand that a united athletic department is a strong athletic department.

"We truly support one another," Chambers said.  "That's what Penn State is all about."

And the One Team mantra goes deeper than just the head coaches supporting one another.  It stretches to the fans, like the 220 in The Edison Ballroom at lunch hour in New York City.  The Penn State fans are a big part of why Penn State Athletics continues to grow together as One Team.

Following the lunch stop in New York, the Caravan bus made a quick stop at MetLife Stadium for some photos and videos in preparation of Penn State's season-opener against Syracuse on Aug. 31.  Call 1-800-NITTANY for tickets.

VIDEO: New York Press Conference with Coaches O'Brien and Chambers

Stop X: Scranton (Genetti Manor in Dickson City)
Day two of the second week wrapped up in front of the Caravan's largest crowd.  More than 830 Penn State fans seated at 80 tables crammed into the ballroom at Genetti Manor to welcome a great group from the Penn State Athletics family.  The list of attendees included Scranton natives Matt McGloin, J.R. Refice and Eric Shrive, Wilkes-Barre product Eugene Lewis, Director of Athletics Dave Joyner and the voice of the Nittany Lions Steve Jones.

Prior to dinner, Coach O'Brien signed autographs for a throng of fans that lined up more than 90 minutes prior to the program began.  Fan after fan walked up to Coach O'Brien for an opportunity to shake hands, take photos and obtain an autograph for more than an hour.  Some offered advice.  Some told stories. Some even gave him gifts.

Pavlik and Chambers both spoke prior to O'Brien, energizing the room packed with Nittany Lion supporters.  Chambers brought the crowd to its feet before he began his passionate speech.  The room followed his command and stood up cheering.

"This is a very coachable group in Scranton," Chambers joked.

Coach O'Brien took the opportunity to recognize the current and former Nittany Lions at the dinner before he delivered his Caravan message to the crowd.  McGloin and O'Brien had a special relationship during his time as the leader of the Penn State offense in 2013.  Commending him on his dedication and work ethic, O'Brien told the room that a great deal of Penn State's success in 2012 was a direct product of McGloin.

"Thank you for everything you did for Penn State," O'Brien said to McGloin, who was seated at the head table while the crowd cheered for the hometown hero.

Throughout all three speeches, the crowd of more than 800 was glued to the podium.  Chambers, Pavlik and O'Brien all deserve a great deal of credit for their delivery on Wednesday night.

But simply put, the Scranton crowd was again tremendous for the second-straight year during the Caravan.

The Coaches Caravan will wrap up on Thursday with men's hockey head coach Guy Gadowsky joining O'Brien and Pavlik for a lunch stop in DuBois and dinner in Pittsburgh.

VIDEO: Scranton Press Conference with Coach O'Brien

Miles Covered on Day One -
203 miles
Miles Covered on Day Two - 147 miles
Miles Covered on Day Three -
254 miles
Miles Covered on Day Four - 188 miles
Miles Covered on Day Five - 377 miles
Caravan Total -
1,169 miles

Follow's Tony Mancuso on Twitter @GoPSUTony

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