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2014 Coaches Caravan Day IV - King of Prussia

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KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - Leg two of the 2014 Coaches Caravan kicked off on Tuesday evening with a stop outside of Philadelphia.

The eighth stop of the 17-event caravan featured James Franklin, four-time defending NCAA national champion wrestling head coach Cael Sanderson, field hockey's Charlene Morett and women's soccer's Erica Walsh.  More than 700 Penn State enthusiasts greeted the coaches inside the event room at Valley Forge Casino Resort.  Take a look at some highlights from Tuesday's event.


Stop No. 8 - King of Prussia (Valley Forge Casino Resort)




More than 100,000 Penn State alums call the Philadelphia area home, and three of the four coaches on stage treated Tuesday night's Coaches Caravan event as a homecoming.  Hailing from Montgomery County, Walsh was just minutes where she grew up in Huntingdon Valley.

"I tried to get the whole caravan moved to the Phillies game (tonight)," Walsh joked.

Morett, who is on the Caravan for the Philly swing, is a proud product of Delaware County.  Like Walsh, she was thrilled to be in front of the home crowd on Tuesday night.

"I'm just a Philly girl coming back home," Morett said.

Morett spent a portion of her speech giving Walsh a hard time for not attending Penn State.  Walsh has spent the past two weeks on the Coaches Caravan delivering a superb visualization speech of the University Park campus.  Morett's response?

"After listening to your speech, how did you not go to Penn State?"

As a 27-year veteran as a head coach of the Nittany Lion field hockey program and Penn State alum, Morett is among the most passionate individuals you will find when it comes to her love for the University.  She genuinely appreciates the support fans and alums give to the school that means so much to her, and it's always evident when she speaks in front of a crowd.

The third Philly product in King of Prussia on Tuesday evening was the headliner of the event.  Franklin grew up in Langhorne, Pa., which is roughly 30 miles from the site of the stop.  As he has said from day one, Franklin is a Pennsylvania boy with a Penn State heart.  He's thrilled to be the head coach of the Nittany Lions, and he could not have been happier to be close to home.

"It's unbelievable to be here tonight," Franklin said.  "...The sense of pride in Penn State is unbelievable."

kop_1.jpg Joining the trio of Philly natives this week on the Caravan is the leader of the nation's premier collegiate wrestling program.  Always entertaining, Sanderson has a knack for keeping the crowd light every time he speaks in front of a group.  He was clad in a "Dominate The State" T-shirt under his suit jacket to show his support of Coach Franklin.

Sanderson's introduction included a small snippet of his unmatched wrestling and coaching career.  After receiving a standing ovation following the introduction, Sanderson stepped to the microphone and noted that the intro had left off his fourth-grade all-star baseball achievement.  The room erupted in laughter.

Sanderson likes to have fun with the crowd, but when it comes to his appreciation for the position he holds, his feelings are clear.

"It's an awesome opportunity to be a part of Penn State, and it's because of you guys," Sanderson said.

The Coaches Caravan travels downtown Philadelphia for a lunch stop on Wednesday before moving north to Scranton for a dinner event.

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Miles Traveled:
Day I - 165 miles

Day II - 130 miles
Day III - 387 miles
Day IV - 175 miles


Total - 857 miles

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VIDEO: One-on-One with Bob Shoop & Terry Smith in Pittsburgh

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VIDEO: One-on-One with Charles Huff on the Coaches Caravan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - GoPSUsports.com catches up with special teams coordinator and running backs coach Charles Huff during the 2014 Coaches Caravan stop in Washington, D.C.





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2014 Coaches Caravan Day III - Uniontown and Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH - The 2014 Coaches Caravan capped off its first full week on the road with two stops in the western half of Pennsylvania.

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus played host to the final lunch stop of the week.  From there, the modified bus rolled north to Station Square in Pittsburgh for an evening reception.  Take a look through highlights from the third day on the road for the 2014 Coaches Caravan.


Stop No. 6 - Uniontown (Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus)


 
The Coaches Caravan bus departed Washington, D.C., just before 7 a.m. on Thursday for a scenic trek through the Appalachian Mountains en route to Uniontown for the sixth stop on the 17-event tour during May.  Thursday's stop at the Penn State Fayette campus was the first for the Coaches Caravan in its three-year existence.  The scenic campus is situated in a place with superb views in every direction.

"This is my first trip here, and this place is absolutely beautiful," women's soccer head coach Erica Walsh said.

Walsh, along with men's soccer head coach Bob Warming and football coach James Franklin again headlined the final day of the first week.  Walsh captivated the audience with another rendition of her visualization story of taking a prospective student-athlete on a recruiting visit.

Coaches Walsh and Warming have spent portions of the bus rides from event to event educating him on college and professional soccer.  Warming used it as a lighthearted joke with Penn State Fayette crowd.

"It has been so great to be on the bus to educate Coach Franklin about the most popular sport in the world - soccer," Warming said.

caravan_uniontown_1.jpg Having now been on the road for three days on the Coaches Caravan, Coach Franklin has gotten an opportunity to meet fans and supporters from several areas in Pennsylvania and surrounding region.  Since the day he arrived in Happy Valley, the support has stood out to him.  He is passionate towards the fan base and wants to meet as many folks as possible.

"It's great to get out around the state and connect with as many people as possible," Franklin said.  "The support has been the most impressive thing for me.  We need your support."

With two more weeks ahead, Franklin is eager to meet as many fans as possible.  The tone of his message has been constant over the first week of the Caravan.  He's thrilled to be the head coach of Penn State, and he wants to make the fan base proud of the football program.


Stop No. 7 - Pittsburgh (Sheraton Station Square)



The Caravan's first week on the road wrapped up in front of 450 fans in Pittsburgh on Thursday night.  Home to 56,000 alums in the greater metro area, the Steel City is home to some of Penn State's most loyal supporters.  The room was filled with energy from the moment the doors opened prior to the reception at 6 p.m., and  all three head coaches received a warm reception during their speeches.

Additionally, Pittsburgh area natives and assistant coaches Bob Shoop and Terry Smith joined Franklin, Walsh and Warming for the evening event.  Shoop (Oakmont) and Smith (Aliquippa) recruited in the area during the day before shaking hands with countless Nittany Lion fans at the evening event.  Nittany Lion great and former NFL quarterback Chuck Fusina was among the Pittsburgh area lettermen inside the Sheraton Station Square saying hello to Coach Franklin, as well.

caravan_pittsburgh_1.jpg All six stops this week featured passionate Penn State fans.  The individuals sitting in the rooms listening to the coaches speak are among the undying supporters the University's athletic department has.  However, Pittsburgh's rich history as a sports town, especially when it comes to football, always makes it an exciting evening event on the Coaches Caravan.  Thursday's event was no exception.

The NIttany Lions will begin a four-game series with rival Pitt beginning in 2016 (Sept. 10) when the two teams meet at Heinz Field.  The Penn State fan base in Pittsburgh is fired up for the team's return to the city, and it was clear on Thursday how excited the group is for the new era of the football program under the direction of Coach Franklin.

"This is your football program, not mine," Franklin said.  "I am so proud to be your head coach."

Thursday was the final day for Coach Warming to be on the Caravan.  The leader of the men's soccer program was terrific all week long.  He was candid, lighthearted and passionate when it came to delivering a message to illustrate how much he loves Penn State and how much he enjoys the support of Nittany Nation.

The Coaches Caravan returns to the road on Tuesday for a stop in King of Prussia.  Week two also includes a lunch stop in Philadelphia, dinner in Scranton, lunch in Northern New Jersey and an evening in New York City.

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Miles Traveled:
Day I - 165 miles

Day II - 130 miles
Day III - 387 miles

Total - 682 miles

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2014 Coaches Caravan Day II - Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Coaches Caravan bus rolled south for day two of the first travel leg on Wednesday morning for stops at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

A sold out crowd of more than 230 enthusiastic fans greeted a cast of Penn State coaches, which included James Franklin, Erica Walsh and Bob Warming, in Baltimore.  Take a look through highlights from the second full day on the road for the 2014 Coaches Caravan.
    


Stop No. 4 - Baltimore (Marriott Inner Harbor)


Wednesday's lunch stop in Baltimore marked the third-straight sold out crowd during the initial leg of the 2014 Coaches Caravan.  On the heels of Tuesday's announcement that the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is headed to the area (Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.) in 2017, the Penn State fans in the room were excited about what is ahead as the conference's footprint extends to the East Coast.

"It's so great to be in your area," Walsh said.

The 2014-'15 athletic season marks the first with Maryland as a member of the Big Ten.  That being said, the 12,000 Penn State alums in the Baltimore area are thrilled to have Penn State's teams competing in Maryland on an annual basis.  The Nittany Lion football team is slated to return to Baltimore on Oct. 24, 2015 when it will take on Maryland inside M&T Bank Stadium.

Coach Franklin lived on and off in Maryland for eight years, a place he calls home.

"It's awesome to be back," Franklin said.

caravan_baltimore_1.jpgIn all, 10 players currently on the football roster or 2014 signees are from Maryland.  For the men's and women's soccer programs, the story is much of the same.  Walsh highlighted former Nittany Lion great and U.S. National Team standout Ali Krieger and former All-American and current National Women's Soccer League member Christine Nairn, who are both from the local area.  Warming's men's soccer team has three members from Maryland on it.

Like day one on the Caravan, each coach explained how the loyal supporters of Penn State play such an instrumental role in the success of the athletic programs.  Without the unrivaled support of the fan base, Penn State Athletics would not be what it is today.  That's what makes the Coaches Caravan a special three weeks.  It gives the coaches a chance to say thank you and provide some insight on what makes the programs tick.

"Penn State is a remarkable place for learning as a student," Warming said.  "And it's a remarkable place to learn as a coach."

"Success is about being able to do the little things better than anyone else," Franklin said.

caravan_baltimore_2.jpg The day ended with a lighthearted question for all three coaches on the stage.  A fan asked which flavor of ice cream at Berkey Creamery is their favorite.  Coach Walsh said that she likes to stick with vanilla.  Coach Warming likes strawberry.  Coach Franklin's answer was a bit different.

"My mission is to taste every flavor," Franklin said.
    


Stop No. 5 - Washington, D.C. (Marriott Wardman Park)


A crowd of more than 425 fans greeted the Penn State coaches in the nation's capital on Wednesday night.  The Washington, D.C., metro area is home to more than 25,000 alums.  Like the Baltimore event, the individuals in attendance were fired up to see Penn State teams making annual trips to the area with Maryland joining the Big Ten.

Coach Walsh opened the evening speeches with her great visualization story of a recruiting visit.  Before getting into the step-by-step process of recruiting, she had a joke for the attentive D.C. crowd.

"They usually put the key note speaker last, but we are switching things up on the Caravan," Walsh said.

Warming followed a standing ovation for Walsh with a speech to highlight his passion for Penn State and appreciation of the fans.  Additionally, he informed the crowd of the exponential growth of soccer around the country.  The leader of Penn State soccer spent much of the one-hour reception before the program began talking with fans about the sport.

caravan_DC_1.jpg "I love this crowd.  I've talked more soccer at this stop than any other we've been to," Warming said.

Warming, who was a member of the search committee to hire the new football coach in January, introduced Coach Franklin as one of the finest men that he has ever met.  Franklin then took the microphone in front of the room to a rousing cheer.

Franklin told the crowd how excited he is about the direction things are headed, largely because of the high-quality human beings that are on the team right now.  Following the individual meetings with every player on the roster in the past two weeks, Franklin said he has been incredibly impressed with the student-athletes since he took the job.

"We are in a really good place right now," Franklin said.  "They are really excited about the direction we are heading in."

As the fourth program drew to a close, Coach Franklin encouraged the group to return each Saturday in the fall.  He was genuinely happy to be in Maryland and D.C. on Wednesday to meet another group of passionate fans.

"I include Maryland and D.C. as part of our state in the Penn State family," Franklin said.

The Caravan heads to Penn State Fayette in Uniontown and Pittsburgh on Thursday to wrap up week one of the traveling events.
    



Miles Traveled:
Day I - 165 miles

Day II - 130 miles

Total - 295 miles

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2014 Coaches Caravan Day I - York and Hershey

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HERSHEY, Pa. - The 2014 Penn State Coaches Caravan hit the road on Tuesday with a pair of sold out stops in York and Hershey to kick off the first full week of events.

The Penn State themed Fullington Trailways bus pulled out of the Bryce Jordan Center parking lot at 8:15 a.m. en route to the Penn State York campus.  Take a look through highlights from the first two stops of a six-event week on the Coaches Caravan.

Stop No. 2 - York (Penn State York)

 
Head coaches James Franklin, Erica Walsh, Bob Warming and Coquese Washington headlined the first stop of the road tour on Tuesday.  After a media session, the coaches took the stage for a lunch program before a sold out crowd of more than 225 enthusiastic Penn State fans on the University's York campus.

Walsh, who will enter her eighth season as head coach of the women's soccer team in the fall, opened the panel of speakers.

"It's amazing to see so many people wearing Blue and White," Walsh said.

york_blog_1.jpgWalsh proceeded to take the fans through a vivid story of what a recruiting trip is like for a prospective student-athlete.  The leader of Penn State Women's Soccer guided the crowd through a recruiting visit weekend with every minute detail of what a trip to the campus is like.  From the academic buildings the soccer program takes recruits inside to a gameday experience in Beaver Stadium, Walsh painted a remarkable picture of what campus would look like for the first time as a 17-year-old prospective student-athlete.

"That is one example of many," Walsh said at the end of her speech.  "That (camaraderie on campus) is why we have won more national titles than anyone (tied with USC) since 2007."

Nittany Lion men's soccer coach Bob Warming addressed the crowd after Walsh.  Warming opened his speech by introducing Bob Little, a member of Penn State men's soccer's 1954 national championship team, who was in the York crowd on Tuesday afternoon.

york_blog_3.jpgWarming went on to joke with the attendees that he was thrilled to see a capacity crowd so excited to see Penn State's two soccer coaches.

"We know all of you came here to see Erica and I since soccer is the most popular sport in the world," Warming said with a laugh.

Lady Lion basketball head coach Coquese Washington kicked of the first of her two stops on the Caravan with a direct message to the loyal supporters in York.

"The fans, the alums, with how much all of you support us, it trickles down," Washington said.  "The student-athletes have such an unbelievable experience.  And your support is what lets provide that for them...You are part of our team."

Franklin stepped to the microphone as the featured speaker of the afternoon.  He first joked with the crowd that after listening to Coach Walsh's description of campus that he needs to get out of his office more and see the sights of what University Park has to offer.  After all, he has been living inside his office for more than month.

york_blog_2.jpgThe new leader of Penn State Football provided an update on the team, coaching staff and recruiting as he talked about the direction of the program.  He told the crowd that he met each player on the roster for 20-25 minutes individually before the spring semester ended.  The student-athletes will return to campus for the first of two summer academic sessions on May 18.

"I've been blown away by these kids since I've been here," Franklin said.  "They are an amazing group of young men."

In addition to winning football games on the field, Franklin wants to achieve new heights in all phases of the program, including highs in team GPA, graduation rates and activity in the community.

"We came to Penn State to make a positive impact in the community," Franklin said.


Stop No. 3 - Hershey (Hershey Lodge)


Tuesday night's evening event inside the Hershey Lodge was all about the fans.  Central Pennsylvania is filled with members of Nittany Nation, and the sold out crowd in Hershey gave the four head coaches a warm welcome to cap off a great first day on the road.

More than 750 Penn State fans filled the ballroom inside Hershey Lodge with great energy and enthusiasm.  The Penn State coaches all talked about how important the fan support is for the success of the sports programs in Happy Valley.

"What you guys can embrace is that we are truly a family of coaches and take the responsibility of representing you very seriously," said Washington.

caravan_hershey.jpgThe fan support, coupled with the strong relationships between the head coaches on campus, is what makes Penn State such a unique place. 

"I'm around such successful people who are at the top of their craft," Warming said.

Coach Franklin opened his evening speech by apologizing in advance that if the phone rang during the event, he was going to walk off the stage and take the call.  True to his word, Franklin stood up and walked to his right, off the stage while answering a phone call during the Q&A portion of the show.

Mid-way through the call, he turned to the crowd and led a rousing "We Are!" chant before getting back on the phone and returning to his seat on stage.

caravan_hershey_1.jpgThe overwhelming excitement from the fans in Hershey about the direction Penn State's teams are headed made it a great evening event.  The coaches are proud to represent the University, and the fans are proud to support the teams.

"I can't begin to tell you what it's been like to come back home and be your football coach," Franklin said.

The Caravan rolls south to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
    


Coaches Caravan Miles Traveled:
Day 1 - 165 miles


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2014 Coaches Caravan - Pegula Ice Arena Kick-Off Event

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For the first time in its three-year history, the Penn State Coaches Caravan kicked off on Thursday evening with an event on the University Park campus.

Before a crowd of more than 425 enthusiastic Penn State fans and alums, head coaches James Franklin, Bob Warming and Russ Rose headlined the opening night of the 17-stop Coaches Caravan that will take place throughout the month of May.

9976484.jpeg"It means a lot to our players to play in a town where everyone is extremely supportive of them," Franklin said of the hometown crowd.

The evening opened with an hour-long reception where Franklin, Rose, Warming and Nittany Lion basketball coach Patrick Chambers, along with football assistant coaches Bob Shoop, Brent Pry, Josh Gattis and Charles Huff, mingled with the attendees.

The program portion of the event took place on the ice inside Pegula Ice Arena, the sparkling home of Penn State Hockey.  Warming, who led the Nittany Lion men's soccer team to its second-straight Big Ten title and NCAA Tournament berth in the fall, took the microphone first.  While describing the location of his office and the elite company he is around inside Rec Hall, Warming kept things light.

"The first door you come to is Russ Rose (in my hallway)...the next door on my hallway is Cael Sanderson...the next doorway down is Erica Walsh...And then there is me," joked Warming.

Warming discussed the principles his program lives by - Recruit. Develop. Retain. Graduate.

"Its never about the coach...It's about the student-athlete," Warming said.  "It's always about helping them achieve their dreams.  It's always about helping them achieve their goals and become educated men to help our society."

When Warming sat down, Rose was introduced to a standing ovation from the State College crowd.  Fresh off leading the Nittany Lion women's volleyball team to its fifth national championship in seven years, Rose received a rousing cheer from the hometown crowd.

"We are coming off a great season.  It's incredible to be in a position to win a national championship," Rose said.

Always quick-witted, it took Rose no more than 10 seconds to have the Pegula Ice Arena crowd roaring with laughter.  A 35-year veteran as a Penn State head coach, Rose has an undying passion for the University.  Each time he speaks, Rose's feelings for Penn State are pure.  He believes in the success of the University, its student-athletes and the head coaches leading the 31 teams on campus.

"I've been here for 35 years...we've got some of the finest coaches in the country," Rose said.  "Our coaching staff across the board right now is unbelievable."

Rose's remarks transitioned into the newest member of the Penn State coaching family.  Franklin has been on the job for just shy of four months.  After signing a strong recruiting class in February, the newest leader of Penn State Football led the Nittany Lions through a productive spring practice period.  In his time at Penn State, one thing has stood out to Franklin since day one.

"The thing that makes Penn State special...it's about the people," Franklin said.  "The support we get is unreal."

Franklin is thrilled to get out on the road during May to meet Penn State fans from all corners of the state and region.  Since he took the job, Franklin has talked about how proud he is to be the head coach of the Nittany Lions.  His words were genuine in every sense on Thursday night in Pegula.

"For a lot of people, this is a job," Franklin said.  "This is personal for me.  This means the world to me.  For a guy growing up in the state of Pennsylvania to come back and be the head football coach at Penn State is unbelievably special."

Working to build an elite program on and off the field, the top items on Franklin's list for a successful Penn State football program include graduating every player, winning games and impacting the region and state in a positive way.  With a tireless approach to every facet of the day-to-day operation, Franklin and the football staff will work to make the fan base proud each and every day he is on the job, which he hopes is a long time.

"I love that the expectation here is for the head coach to be here for 80 years," Franklin joked.

The Caravan will hit the road on Tuesday to begin the first travel week.  Sold out crowds in York (lunch) and Hershey (dinner reception) will greet Franklin, Warming, Coquese Washington and Erica Walsh on Tuesday.


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VIDEO: Coaches Caravan Press Conference - State College

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The 2014 Coaches Caravan kicked off inside Pegula Ice Arena on Thursday.  Take a look at the event's press conference featuring head football coach James Franklin, head men's soccer coach Bob Warming and head women's volleyball coach Russ Rose.





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Previewing the 17-Stop Coaches Caravan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With spring practice in the books, head coach James Franklin and nine other Penn State head coaches are set to embark on the 17-stop 2014 Coaches Caravan.

Festivities kick off on Thursday inside Pegula Ice Arena.

"I can't begin to tell you how excited myself and the rest of the coaches are to get out on the Coaches Caravan to interact with all of the alumni, fans, season ticket holders," Franklin said.  "I couldn't be more excited about doing it.  This is what it's all about - interacting, getting to know each other and building relationships."

More than 5,000 Penn State fans and alumni have already registered for Caravan events.  Four of the stops are sold out, including three during the first week.  Following the evening reception in State College, the Caravan bus hits the road on Tuesday with sold out stops in York (lunch) and Hershey (evening reception).  Week one also includes a sold out event in Baltimore (lunch) and stops in Washington, D.C. (evening reception), Penn State Fayette (lunch) and Pittsburgh (evening reception).

"I'm really excited to get on the road with all of the great head coaches on the Coaches Caravan," men's soccer head coach Bob Warming said.  "We are thrilled to have an opportunity to spend time with the passionate Penn State fans.  They are the best in the country, and we can't wait to see them."

The lineup of coaches for week one in addition to Franklin and Warming includes Russ Rose (State College only), Coquese Washington (York and Harrisburg only) and Erica Walsh.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the Coaches Caravan this year," women's soccer head coach Erica Walsh said.  "I'm going to be out for two weeks.  I'm excited to be part of such a dynamic group of coaches, meet as many alums as possible and to meet Nittany nation.  We are heading it soon.  Come join us!"

Among the coaches slated to join Franklin on the road during weeks two and three of the Coaches Caravan are wrestling's Cael Sanderson, field hockey's Char Morett, men's volleyball's Mark Pavlik, men's hockey's Guy Gadowsky, softball's Amanda Lehotak.

GoPSUsports.com will again board the modified Fullington Trailways motorcoach for all 17 stops on the Caravan.  Look for photos, video and written content from all 17 locations as the Penn State Coaches Caravan hits the road for nine days in the coming two weeks.

Register today for a stop near you, and we look forward to seeing you on the road.


2014 Coaches Caravan Schedule

Kickoff Event:
May 1 - State College/University Park-Pegula Ice Arena (Evening reception)
Coaches: James Franklin, Russ Rose, Bob Warming, Josh Gattis, Charles Huff, Brent Pry, Bob Shoop

Week One:
May 6 - York/Penn State York (Lunch) - SOLD OUT
Coaches:  James Franklin, Coquese Washington, Erica Walsh, Bob Warming

Hershey/Hershey Lodge (Evening reception) - SOLD OUT
Coaches:  James Franklin, Coquese Washington, Erica Walsh, Bob Warming,Brent Pry

May 7 - Baltimore/Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards (Lunch) - SOLD OUT
Coaches:  James Franklin, Erica Walsh, Bob Warming

Washington, D.C./Washington Marriott Wardman Park (Evening reception)
Coaches:  James Franklin, Erica Walsh, Bob Warming, Charles Huff

May 8 - Uniontown/Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus (Lunch)
Coaches:  James Franklin, Erica Walsh, Bob Warming

Pittsburgh/Sheraton Station Square (Evening reception)
Coaches:  James Franklin, Erica Walsh, Bob Warming, Bob Shoop, Terry Smith

Week Two:
May 13 - King of Prussia/Valley Forge Casino Resort (Evening reception)
Coaches:  James Franklin, Char Morett, Cael Sanderson, Erica Walsh

May 14 - Philadelphia-Center City/The Rittenhouse (Lunch)
Coaches:  James Franklin, Char Morett, Cael Sanderson, Erica Walsh

Scranton/Fiorelli Catering; Peckville (Dinner)
Coaches:  James Franklin, Cael Sanderson, Erica Walsh, Ricky Rahne

May 15 - Northern New Jersey (Whippany)/Hanover Marriott (Lunch)
Coaches:  James Franklin, Cael Sanderson, Erica Walsh

New York City/Marriott New York Downtown (Evening reception)
Coaches:  James Franklin, Cael Sanderson, Erica Walsh, Herb Hand

Week Three:
May 20 - Williamsport/Pennsylvania College of Technology College (Lunch) - SOLD OUT
Coaches:  James Franklin, Guy Gadowsky, Mark Pavlik

Wilkes-Barre/Genetti Hotel & Conference Center (Evening reception)
Coaches:  James Franklin, Guy Gadowsky, Mark Pavlik, John Donovan, Ricky Rahne

May 21 - East Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg University (Lunch)
Coaches:  James Franklin, Guy Gadowsky, Mark Pavlik

Lehigh Valley/Sands Bethlehem Event Center (Evening reception)
Coaches:  James Franklin, Guy Gadowsky, Mark Pavlik, Sean Spencer

May 22 - Erie/Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (Evening reception)
Coaches:  James Franklin, Amanda Lehotak, Mark Pavlik, Herb Hand


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Coaches Caravan: Day VI - DuBois and Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The six-day, 12-stop Penn State Coaches Caravan, which covered 1,471 miles with events in three states and the District of Columbia, wrapped up with visits in DuBois (lunch) and Pittsburgh (dinner) on Thursday. 

In all, 4,345 fans and alums attended Coaches Caravan events during the past two weeks.

Nittany Lion men's hockey coach Guy Gadowsky joined Bill O'Brien and Mark Pavlik for the final day of the caravan tour.  Gadowsky, who will enter his second Division I season at the helm of the men's hockey program gave the fans in DuBois and Pittsburgh a glimpse of what is ahead at Pegula Ice Arena when it opens in the fall.  Take a look through some highlights on the final day of the Caravan.

Stop XI - DuBois (Penn State DuBois)
The Penn State-themed Caravan bus traveled 60 miles to DuBois on Thursday morning for the closest stop to State College on the 12-stop tour.  O'Brien, Gadowsky and Pavlik spoke to a lunch crowd of 170 on the Penn State DuBois campus.

On the heels of the Big Ten announcing its first men's hockey schedule for the 2013-14 season, Gadowsky shared his thoughts on what will be an exciting second year of competition at the Division I level for the Nittany Lions.

The leader of Penn State men's hockey told the crowd that the program is eagerly anticipating a move into its new home - Pegula Ice Arena - in early September before playing its first game in the state-of-the-art facility on Oct. 11.  The Nittany Lions will then play their first Big Ten competition games on Dec. 6-7 at Wisconsin.

"I think what is coming with the Big Ten is really exciting for college hockey and Penn State," Gadowsky said.

Gadowsky also showed the fans a short video presentation that gave the room a virtual representation of what a finished Pegula Ice Arena will look like in the fall.

Coach O'Brien followed Gadowsky and the video presentation, and like the entire room of fans, was excited about what he saw.

"Did that video get you jacked up about Penn State Hockey, or what?" O'Brien said.

All three head coaches included remarks about the toughness of the fans and student-athletes hailing from the surrounding areas to DuBois.  All of the fans in the room were among the core supporters of Penn State's athletic teams, something Gadowsky said was crucial to his team's success.

"The reason why we had the success we had everywhere we would go is because everywhere we have phenomenal support," said Gadowsky.

O'Brien ended the 11th stop with parting words that echoed what Gadowsky and Pavlik both said to the room about the importance of the continued support moving forward.

"If you leave here with one thing, it should be that we really appreciate what you do for us," O'Brien said.

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VIDEO: DuBois Press Conference with Coaches O'Brien and Gadowsky



Stop XII: Pittsburgh (Sheraton Station Square)
The Caravan bus made the two-hour drive through Western Pennsylvania to the final stop of the six-day tour at Pittsburgh's Station Square.  With more than 27,000 Penn State alums in Allegheny County, more than any other county in the world, a night in Pittsburgh was a great way to cap off the 2013 Caravan.

O'Brien, Gadowsky and Pavlik addressed a crowd of nearly 375 attendees inside the Sheraton Station Square on the banks of the Monongahela River.  Pavlik, who hails from 40 miles east of Pittsburgh in Derry, took the microphone first and shared his passion for Pittsburgh and what it meant to be a head coach at Penn State.

"I'm just a kid from Derry living the dream," Pavlik said.

Gadowsky spoke about the great anticipation for the upcoming start to Big Ten men's hockey competition, and he again showed a video of Pegula Ice Arena.  Gadowsky told the crowd that Penn State Hockey will strive to encourage the best hockey players Pittsburgh has to offer to attend school in Happy Valley.

A natural when it comes to public speaking, Gadowsky drew a large round of applause when he sat down after the fans saw firsthand what it will be like to attend a hockey game in Pegula Ice Arena.

"It's going to be a phenomenal place to watch hockey games," said Gadowsky.

The theme of the 2013 Coaches Caravan focused on fan support.  At all 12 stops, Coach O'Brien thanked the fans for their continued support of Penn State.  That was no different on Thursday night as he spoke for more than 20 minutes in Pittsburgh, spending much of the that time thanking the Penn State loyalists for everything they do for not just Penn State Football, but all of Penn State Athletics.

His message was well received at every stop on the tour, and the fans certainly showed their appreciation with standing ovation after standing ovation for the leader of Penn State Football.

All in all, the Coaches Caravan was again a resounding success with outstanding crowds at all 12 stops around Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and the District of Columbia.  A big thank you to the more than 4,000 loyal Penn Staters who attended stops in 2013.



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VIDEO: Pittsburgh Press Conference with Coaches O'Brien and Gadowsky



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
Miles Covered on Day Six - 302 miles
Caravan Final Total -
1,471 miles


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