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Coaches Caravan: Day VIII - Youngstown and Cleveland

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YOUNGSTOWN and CLEVELAND - Following two stops in Pennsylvania, the Penn State Coaches Caravan moved into Ohio for a pair of events on Tuesday.

Nearly 100 fans and alums greeted Bill O'Brien, Coquese Washington, Guy Gadowsky and Mark Pavlik for lunch in Youngstown.  The Penn State-themed coach bus took a short drive across the Ohio Turnpike and north on Interstate 77 to Cleveland for the second stop on day eight of the nine-day caravan.

Take a look through highlights of the two Ohio stops on the final week of the Coaches Caravan.

Stop XV - Youngstown
With some audio difficulties during the introduction to stop 15, Coach O'Brien took things into his own hands with a rousing We Are...Penn State chant in the Grand Ballroom at the Holiday Inn located just south of Youngstown, kicking off a very good stop in Northeast Ohio.  Coaches Pavlik, Gadowsky and Washington, respectively, delivered candid messages to say thank you to the Penn State fans and alums in the room.

Although we keep stating it, the reception and interaction from the fans at every stop has been tremendous.  The fans have made the traveling caravan a resounding success.  The coaches repeat themselves time and time again on the importance of receiving support from the attendees in the room.  The alums and fans across the nation are a big part of the success Penn State Athletics is able to achieve on a yearly basis.  In many ways, the coaches have used the Caravan as an opportunity to remind the fans and alums of their role in the department's success and a way to say thanks for everything they do.

Coach O'Brien talks about recruiting at every stop.  One of the points he really drove home to the Youngstown crowd on the recruiting front is the importance of finding the right guys who fit into the football program.  Sure he is looking for talented athletes, but Coach O'Brien wants high integrity individuals who will work hard every day on the field and in the classroom.


Stop XVI: Cleveland
The Caravan bus rolled into downtown Cleveland shortly before 3 p.m. on a warm afternoon along Lake Erie.  Tuesday evening's event was held at the City Club of Cleveland in front of nearly 200 people.  The same cast of coaches - Bill O'Brien, Coquese Washington, Guy Gadowsky and Mark Pavlik - spoke at the evening festivities.  Tuesday's program was among the best evening events with energetic, entertaining and humorous speeches from all four individuals.

As you hear each coach speak more and more on the Caravan, it has become extremely apparent just how much the opportunity to coach at Penn State means to each of them.  Coach Pavlik, like a number of veteran coaches on the University Park campus, is a tremendous ambassador for the entire athletic department.  And while they have not been in Happy Valley quite as long as Coach Pavlik, Coaches Gadowsky and Washington are cut from the same mold.

"There are a lot of special things about Penn State and the athletic department that you don't see at other places," Coach Gadowsky said.

"It is truly an honor for us to be a part of this special community," Coach Washington said.

Coach O'Brien is exactly the same way.  His passion for Penn State oozes from every speech on the Caravan.  When he is finished with the evening PowerPoint presentation you are ready to put pads on and start playing for the University everyone in the presentation room loves.

The evening in Cleveland was another great representation of Penn State's contingent of great coaches, and it was a superb stop to cap off a day in Ohio.

Before shifting into coverage of the day nine stops in Erie and Buffalo, Coach O'Brien filled the media in Cleveland in on a number of football topics pertaining to the roster, depth chart and schedule, among other things.  Coach O'Brien was asked what he is looking forward to most about his first gameday in Beaver Stadium.

Boarding the blue buses and riding from the Lasch Football Building to Beaver Stadium and running onto the field out of the tunnel for the first time topped his list.  The countdown is on for the season-opener against Ohio on Sept. 1.  Take a look at the video below for more football talk in Cleveland.

VIDEO: Coach O'Brien Talks Football In Cleveland
Coach O'Brien talks about the team, depth chart and more during his meeting with the media in Cleveland on Tuesday.




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Coaches Caravan: Day VII - Altoona and Pittsburgh

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ALTOONA and PITTSBURGH - The final leg of the 18-stop Penn State Coaches Caravan kicked off on Monday with events in Altoona and downtown Pittsburgh.

More than 190 Penn State fans and alums filled the gymnasium on the Penn State Altoona campus at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast.  From there, the Fullington coach bus moved west to Pittsburgh for a stop in Allegheny County at the Omni William Penn Hotel.

Take a look through highlights of the first two stops on the final week of the Coaches Caravan.

Stop XIII - Altoona
For the third-straight week, the Penn State Coaches Caravan pulled out of the Bryce Jordan Center at 6:30 a.m. Monday to begin a six-stop tour with head coach Bill O'Brien.  This week, men's hockey coach Guy Gadowsky and men's volleyball coach Mark Pavlik boarded the bus to join Coach O'Brien for three days on the road.

Penn State's Altoona campus played host to the 13th stop on the caravan with a morning breakfast inside the Adler Athletic Complex.  Upon arrival, Coach O'Brien made the rounds from table to table throughout the gymnasium shaking hands and signing autographs with Penn State fans in the room.

He approached a table with three young boys and their fathers and asked them why they weren't in school today.  As it turned out, Monday's breakfast with the Penn State coaches was just a stop on the way to elementary school.

One of the comical moments during Monday's breakfast came with Coach O'Brien during the Q&A portion of the program.  An enthusiastic fan stepped up and said, "What percentage of the total (offensive) package will be in for the Ohio game and the season moving forward?"

Coach O'Brien's response before the room erupted into laughter, "A very big percentage."

The leader of Penn State football said that meeting with the other traveling coaches on the bus is one of the best parts about the caravan travel.  He added that working with so many head coaches is one thing he loves about working in college athletics compared to working with just one team in the NFL.

Coaches Gadowsky and Pavlik also addressed the Altoona crowd.  Coach Pavlik hails from just down the road in Derry, Pa., a small town off of U.S. 22 between Altoona and Pittsburgh.

Coach Gadowsky informed the crowd of the men's hockey program's progress as it transitions into varsity status for the 2012-'13 season.  One year later, Penn State will be a part of the six-team Big Ten men's hockey conference, and Coach Gadowsky cannot wait.

"When you come to see (Big Ten) hockey at Penn State, you're going to see the best college hockey in the country," Coach Gadowsky said.

The bus loaded up after breakfast for a short drive west to the center of Pittsburgh for the evening session on Monday.

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VIDEO: Coaches Press Conference in Altoona
Head coaches Bill O'Brien Guy Gadowsky and Mark Pavlik talk about the Coaches Caravan with the media in Altoona on Monday morning.



Stop XIV: Pittsburgh
In an area rich in football history, Coach O'Brien repeated his desire to play Pitt on an annual basis to a group of media at the Omni William Penn Hotel on Monday afternoon.  Coach O'Brien also spoke at great length about the superb quality of high school football in Western Pennsylvania and the importance of recruiting the Pittsburgh area.

Men's hockey coach Guy Gadowsky fielded several questions about the growth of the Nittany Lion program as it begins to countdown the days from its Division I opener.  One of the topics he discussed was the possibility of playing an outdoor game at Beaver Stadium one day.  Coach O'Brien gave the idea his blessing if the opportunity presents itself.

There are nearly 27,000 Penn State alums in Allegheny County, and Monday night's crowd was terrific inside the Grand Ballroom on the 17th floor in the Omni William Penn Hotel.  More than 400 enthusiastic fans and alums greeted four Penn State coaches.  The list included women's hockey coach Josh Brandwene, who joined the caravan for the first time.  Coach Brandwene, a Penn State alum himself, delivered a passionate speech to the Nittany Lion faithful.

Fellow hockey leader, Coach Gadowsky received a rousing cheer as he kicked off his speech by showing the room renderings of what Pegula Ice Arena will look like when it opens in the fall of 2013.

Coach O'Brien's initial reception was not quite the same.

He told the crowd the last time he was in Pittsburgh was during the fall when he coached against the Steelers as the offensive coordinator of the Patriots.  Jokingly, the Steeler Nation booed Coach O'Brien on stage.

Nevertheless, Coach O'Brien again did a superb job explaining his vision for the football program through an informative PowerPoint presentation.  One piece of football news Nittany Lion fans will be interested to hear about came out during Coach O'Brien's speech.  He said on Monday that the depth chart, including the quarterback position, will be out "soon".

Collectively, all four coaches on stage kept the great crowd engaged and entertained throughout the night.  Coaches Brandwene, Gadowsky, O'Brien and Pavlik are great ambassadors for Penn State Athletics.

 

Speaking about all three new head coaches on stage, Coach Pavlik ended his speech by telling the crowd that the athletic department is in very good hands.

"These guys are going to make you proud, Penn State proud," Coach Pavlik said.


VIDEO: Coach O'Brien Talks PA Football; Coach Gadowsky Talks Outdoor Hockey
Coach O'Brien talked about Pittsburgh football and recruiting in Western Pennsylvania during Monday's media session.  Coach Gadowsky shared his thoughts on an outdoor hockey game at Beaver Stadium.



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VIDEO: Coach O'Brien Set for Week Three on Coaches Caravan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien and the Coaches Caravan will hit the road on Monday to kick off week three of the 18-stop tour through seven states.

The first two weeks of the Coaches Caravan were a resounding success.  This week, Coach O'Brien will headline stops in Altoona (breakfast) and Pittsburgh (evening) on Monday, Youngstown (lunch) and Cleveland (evening) on Tuesday and Erie (lunch) and Buffalo (evening) on Wednesday.

In addition to Coach O'Brien, men's hockey coach Guy Gadowsky (six stops), men's volleyball coach Mark Pavlik (six stops), Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington (two stops) and women's ice hockey coach Josh Brandwene (two stops) will join the Coaches Caravan for week three.



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Coaches Caravan: Day VI - Hartford and Scranton

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HARTFORD, Conn. and SCRANTON, Pa. - The second leg of the three-week Penn State Coaches Caravan ended with a great stop in northeastern Pennsylvania on Thursday.

A capacity crowd of more than 930 enthusiastic fans gave the Coaches Caravan a warm reception in Genetti Manor to cap off a superb week on the road for Bill O'Brien and the traveling Penn State coaches.  The modified Fullington bus made six stops in four states and drove more than 700 miles during three days.

Take a look through highlights of the final day on week two of the Coaches Caravan.

Stop XI - Hartford
As he has done at each stop on the Coaches Caravan, Coach O'Brien sat in a small conference room inside the Farmington Marriott Hotel for a media session.  At the time he was answering questions from a local reporter and CBSSports.com national college football writer Dennis Dodd when a man appeared through the back door of the room.

Coach O'Brien stopped mid-sentence and said, "That is my uncle, John Murphy."

Murphy, a lawyer from Jamestown, R.I., surprised his nephew with a visit to the caravan stop on Thursday morning.  Clad in a blue "We Billieve" T-shirt, Murphy told the room how proud the family was of Penn State football's new leader.  Coach O'Brien attended Brown University with Murphy's daughter, Emily, and joked during his presentation that Emily had all the good stories about him from his college days.

Coach O'Brien polled the audience in Hartford to see how many New England Patriots fans were in the room on Thursday morning.  More than half of the 140 attendees raised their hand.

"As we get further north, I feel more comfortable," joked Coach O'Brien.

The first stop of the day ended shortly after 1 p.m., and the bus loaded up for a drive through mountains, across the Hudson River and Delaware River en route to Scranton for stop No. 12 on the caravan.


VIDEO: Coach O'Brien Talks About His First Four Months
While meeting with a local reporter in Connecticut, Coach O'Brien shared insight on what his first four months on the job have been like.


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Stop XII: Scranton
After talking with Scranton Area Alumni Association President Jim Elliott at the Hazleton stop earlier this week, expectations were high for a big turnout during Thursday evening's dinner at Genetti's in Dickson City.  Without question, Elliott and his staff played host to the largest event on the caravan.

More than 930 Penn State fans seated at 94 tables crammed into the ballroom at Genetti's to welcome a great group from the Penn State Athletics family.  The list of attendees included Scranton native and Penn State team physician Wayne Sebastianelli, Acting Director of Athletics Dave Joyner, the voice of the Nittany Lions Steve Jones, current Nittany Lions and Scranton-area products Matt McGloin and J.R. Refice.

Prior to dinner, Coach O'Brien signed autographs for a throng of fans that lined up more than 90 minutes prior to the program beginning.  Among the hundreds of fans in a line that snaked throughout the building was a large contingent of the McGloin family.  In all, 27 members of the senior quarterbacks family attended the event, many of which posed for a family photo with Coach O'Brien during the autograph period.

Fan after fan walked up to Coach O'Brien for an opportunity to shake hands, take photos and obtain an autograph fore more than an hour.  Some offered advice.  Some told stories. Some even gave him gifts.

Women's volleyball head coach Russ Rose, who joined the caravan for the second-straight night, received a standing ovation when he was introduced to the crowd.  Coach O'Brien received two rousing ovations, one when he was introduced and a second when he finished his presentation.

Simply put, the Scranton crowd was tremendous.

"I've got chills up my spine.  I'm ready to go play right now!" Coach O'Brien said during the middle of his speech.

"Every single day, I thank the people who hired me," Coach O'Brien said during his closing remarks.

Thursday evening's dinner was a terrific way to move into week three of the Coaches Caravan.  Coach O'Brien will hit the road on Monday morning with men's hockey head coach Guy Gadowsky and men's volleyball coach Mark Pavlik for a breakfast stop in Altoona.

The final week of the caravan will also feature stops in Pittsburgh (Monday evening), Youngstown (Tuesday evening), Cleveland (Tuesday evening), Erie (Wednesday lunch) and Buffalo (Wednesday evening).  A big thank you goes out to all of the fans in attendance at the six stops on week two.  We look forward to seeing you on the road next week.


VIDEO: Coach O'Brien and Coach Rose Meet the Media In Scranton
Coaches O'Brien and Rose talk to the media in Scranton.  Coach Rose shared a story about interviewing Coach O'Brien before he was hired in January.


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Coaches Caravan: Day V - Woodbridge and New York City

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NEW YORK - The Penn State Coaches Caravan rolled into New York City on Wednesday afternoon following a lunch stop in Woodbridge, N.J., which marked the ninth event on the 18-stop trek over three weeks.

Head football coach Bill O'Brien, Lady Lions coach Coquese Washington and men's golf coach Greg Nye spoke at again spoke at both events on Wednesday.  Take a look through highlights of the Coaches Caravan stops in the Woodbridge Hilton and the Sheraton New York.

Stop IX - Woodbridge
More than 140 Penn State fans and alums filled third-floor ballroom inside the Woodbridge Hilton for the midway point of the Coaches Caravan.  With the room being smaller than some of the stops, the lunch presentation had an intimate feel for the fans to be able to get up close and personal with all three coaches.

A few new topics came up in the Woodbridge presentation and media meeting with some of the New York Metro media.  Coach O'Brien told the media that his first trip to Beaver Stadium with Herb Combs, the supervisor of the athletic fields, came long after he accepted the head coaching job.  Combs turned on the Beaver Stadium at 5:30 a.m. for Coach O'Brien to visit.  He labeled the visit as one of the "wow" moments in his first four months on the job.

Coach Washington urged the crowd to grill the "rookie", Coach O'Brien, during the Q&A portion of the program in Woodbridge.  He was put on the spot by a fan asking which flavor was his favorite at the Penn State Creamery.  Coach O'Brien's answer, "Peachy Paterno."

VIDEO: Coach O'Brien Talks Recruiting in New Jersey



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Stop X: New York
From Woodbridge, the Coaches Caravan motorcoach rolled north on the New Jersey Turnpike en route to the Lincoln Tunnel and a trip through the heart of midtown Manhattan.  With the Sheraton New York just a few blocks from one of the most famous places in the world, we took a walk with Coach O'Brien down to Times Square before the media festivities began.  He had not been to Manhattan in several years prior to Wednesday's trip.

Joining the three coaches in New York was women's volleyball head coach Russ Rose.  Coach Rose shared a story of his trip to the 2009 NIT games in Madison Square Garden where he and Coach Paterno walked to the arena and visited a street vendor without anyone recognizing who they were.

Coach Rose provided great humor during his speech, but the five-time national champion inspired the crowd with remarks of how the Penn State fans and alums truly fuel the coaches at Penn State with their passion for the university.

As he did in Woodbridge, Coach O'Brien weaved Jets and Giants talk into his speech.  Having defeated the Jets by a score of 37-16 last season in MetLife Stadium, Coach O'Brien joked that he is looking forward to playing neutral site games there after his successful trips in the NFL.

He wants the Nittany Lions to play complementary football from here on out.  What he means by complementary football is the offense helping the defense succeed by scoring points and keeping them off the field or the defense forcing quick punts of opposing teams to give the ball back to the offense.  He used a New York-specific example to drive home his point.

"The Giants played complementary football by pinning us deep in our own territory. We had to keep driving 95 yards to score points.  That's why you won the Super Bowl. I'm mad at you people," Coach O'Brien joked.

Penn State has a great fan and alumni base in New York City.  Several people we talked to after the show said the Nittany Lion fans band together and watch the football games every Saturday in different establishments on Manhattan.  The Big Apple's Penn State faithful was thrilled to have an opportunity to host the coaches in an event on their home soil on Thursday night.

The coaches in attendance felt the same way.

"It is an honor to represent you wherever we go," Coach Washington said.

With the 10th stop completed, the Caravan travelers loaded the bus with Ray's Pizza onboard en route to Hartford, which is stop No. 11 on Thursday morning.


VIDEO: Penn State Coaches Talk in New York City
Hear from head coaches Coquese Washington, Greg Nye and Russ Rose during the New York City stop on the Penn State Caravan.


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Coaches Caravan: Day IV - Hazleton and Lehigh Valley

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HAZLETON and BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Week two of the Coaches Caravan kicked off on Tuesday morning when the Penn State-themed Fullington Trailways coach bus rolled out of the Bryce Jordan Center parking lot with football head coach Bill O'Brien, Lady Lions head coach Coquese Washington and men's golf coach Greg Nye aboard en route to Hazleton.

Day four included a lunch stop on the Penn State Hazleton campus and an evening program in the Lehigh Valley.  The nine-day event co-hosted by the Nittany Lion Club and the Penn State Alumni Association will continue on Wednesday and Thursday this week.  Take a look through highlights from the first day of week two on the caravan.

Stop VII - Hazleton
More than 200 Penn State fans and alums greeted the head coaches inside the gymnasium at the 1,300-student Hazleton Campus on Tuesday morning.  Coaches Nye and Washington each spoke for the first during the caravan.  Coach Nye addressed the crowd about the history of successes the men's golf program has endured during his tenure as head coach.

 

Coach Washington highlighted the Lady Lions' journey to a Big Ten title this spring.  She also spoke at great length about the exciting season ahead for Penn State across the athletic department.

 "It's poised to be a season for the ages for Penn State Athletics," Coach Washington said.

Coach O'Brien gave his colleague a great deal of praise during the opening portion of his speech.

 

"There is no better women's basketball coach in the country than Coquese Washington," Coach O'Brien said.

 

In addition to explaining his vision for the football program, Coach O'Brien told the crowd in Hazleton that he has spent time recently working on the future schedules for Penn State Football.  With the schedules set for the next three seasons, Coach O'Brien said that he eventually wants to add a marquee game at the beginning of each season.  Among the teams he mentioned were - Alabama, Stanford and Southern California - and possibly at neutral sites.

Take a look through some photos during the lunch in Hazleton.

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VIDEO: Media Interviews in Hazleton
Watch Bill O'Brien and Coquese Washington talk to the media in Hazleton.  Coach O'Brien speaks about football in the northeastern portion of Pennsylvania.



Stop VIII: Lehigh Valley
The eighth stop on the Coaches Caravan visited the Sands Hotel and Casino in Bethlehem, Pa.  The evening program was the first ever event held by the Sands Events Center.  A crowd of nearly 400 Penn State fans attended the program on Tuesday night.  The Lehigh Valley fans were energetic and engaged throughout the program, providing a great atmosphere for Tuesday night's stop.

All three coaches spent time talking about the importance of a close-knit community in the athletic department moving forward.  Coach Nye informed the crowd of the brown bag lunches that the golf clubhouse hosts from time to time for the head coaches across the athletic department to attend.  Coach O'Brien was among the attendees to a lunch in March where he got to know several coaches.  Coach Nye's message plays off of the "One Team" mentality Coach O'Brien has adopted for the Nittany Lion football team and its place in the athletic department.

The leader of Penn State football delivered an impassioned, informative presentation in the Lehigh Valley.  He told the crowd that he likes to adjust his presentation at every stop of the Coaches Caravan.  Having been at all eight stops, Coach O'Brien talks about a lot of the same topics, but the variation of his speech makes the presentation riveting every time he delivers it.

On Tuesday (for the first time on the caravan), Coach O'Brien said that he caught the coaching bug at 8 or 9 years old.  He grew up in Massachusetts watching Penn State games on TV with his dad.  As we have written before, what you see is what you get with Coach O'Brien.  He is a passionate, competitive individual who loves the game of football, and his speeches on the Coaches Caravan are a great representation of that.

The fan reaction to all three coaches was terrific in the Lehigh Valley.  The fan response has been the most impressive thing about the first eight stops of the caravan.  The crowd gave Coach O'Brien a standing ovation when he finished his PowerPoint presentation on Tuesday.  Coach Washington directed her final remarks to the crowd on a great night at the Sands Events Center.

"Thank you for being the best fans," Coach Washington said.



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VIDEO: Lehigh Valley Press Conference
Coach O'Brien and Coach Washington addressed the media at a joint press conference at the Lehigh Valley event.



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VIDEO: Coaches Caravan is Headed to New York City

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn Staters in northern New Jersey and New York City will play host to the Coaches Caravan on Wednesday (May 9) with stops in Woodbridge, N.J. and dinner in the heart of Manhattan.

Women's volleyball coach Russ Rose will join Bill O'Brien, Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington and men's golf coach Greg Nye during the evening stop in the Big Apple.  Make plans to spend an evening with Penn State in NYC.



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VIDEO: Coaches Caravan is Headed to Hazleton & Lehigh Valley

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Week two of the 18-stop Penn State Coaches Caravan kicks off on Tuesday with a lunch stop in Hazleton and a dinner stop in the Lehigh Valley.

Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington will join Bill O'Brien and men's golf coach Greg Nye during the first stop of the week.  Coach Washington wants to see you there.



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Coaches Caravan: Day III - Richmond and Camp Hill

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RICHMOND, Va. and CAMP HILL, Pa. - The Penn State Coaches Caravan rolled into the Marriott Richmond West shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning in preparation for stop No. 5 during the nine-day event co-hosted by the Nittany Lion Club and the Penn State Alumni Association.

Day three included an early breakfast in Richmond, a four-hour drive to Harrisburg and a dinner event in Camp Hill.  Take a look through highlights from the final day of week one on the caravan.

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Stop V - Richmond
For the first time on the Coaches Caravan, head coaches Bill O'Brien and Beth Alford-Sullivan addressed a Penn State crowd during a breakfast event.  With the Richmond event slated to begin at 8 a.m., you wondered how enthusiastic the crowd would be at an early hour.

That was quickly answered with a boisterous We Are... chant from the crowd in the room at 7:55 a.m. before the program began.  The Penn State fans in Richmond were terrific.  Eagerly anticipating Penn State's trip to Virginia on Sept. 8, the crowd gave both head coaches a warm welcome, which included a standing ovation for Coach O'Brien when he finished speaking.

Coach Alford-Sullivan spoke first at breakfast, telling the crowd that the Caravan is a great opportunity to spend time together as an athletic department.  She and Coach O'Brien have shared ideas and coaching tips with one another on the bus during the past two days.


Coach O'Brien kicked off his speech with stories from each stop on the caravan thus far.  All five speeches have been genuine representations of his personality and vision for the football program.  The fan reception towards Coach O'Brien, and all of the coaches on the Caravan, has been outstanding.

"There have been so many things that have impressed me in the first four months, and this has to be right near the top," Coach O'Brien said.

Richmond CaravanBlog_1.jpg Throughout the Caravan, Coach O'Brien has spent a great deal of time talking about recruiting.  He has repeatedly stated the importance of recruiting the core of the team that is within driving distance to Happy Valley to enable parents of the student-athletes to be able to drive and see their sons play in Beaver Stadium.


Being under six hours from State College, Richmond is well within that range.  Former Nittany Lion great Michael Robinson hails from Richmond, and Coach O'Brien used the 2005 First Team All-Big Ten quarterback as a prime example of the type of student-athlete the coaching staff is looking for in recruiting.  Robinson earned two degrees from Penn State (Advertising/Public Relations and Journalism) and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection before being drafted in the NFL.

With breakfast complete, the Coaches Caravan bus loaded up and headed north on I-95 en route to I-81 and Harrisburg for the final dinner session of week one.

VIDEO: Media Interviews in Richmond
Watch Coach O'Brien address the Richmond media.  He talks about the importance of recruiting in Virginia and how the caravan has gone so far.



Stop VI: Camp Hill
The Coaches Caravan returned to the Keystone State after driving through four states and the District of Columbia since the bus pulled out of Philadelphia on Monday night.  For the third stop on the tour, field hockey head coach Char Morett joined Coach Alford-Sullivan and Coach O'Brien inside the Camp Hill Radisson for the sixth and final event of week one.

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The first leg of the Coaches Caravan wrapped up with a great crowd in the Harrisburg on Wednesday evening.  Coach Morett kicked off the speaker panel with another pride-filled speech, like she did on Monday in Philadelphia.  She and Coach Alford-Sullivan spoke at great length about what makes Penn State such a special place.

"It's the people," Coach Morett said.  "The people make Penn State a great place."

"I just want to let everyone know how proud I am of being at Penn State and coaching my teams," Coach Alford-Sullivan.

Coach O'Brien's message again featured a detailed PowerPoint presentation on the vision of the football program.  He told the crowd that nothing will be accomplished in the football program without hard work.  Coach O'Brien assured the room with more than 400 that he and the team will work incredibly hard at achieving in the classroom and on the football field.

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All six stops this week have all had a unique Penn State feel to them.  The constant is the unrivaled support and enthusiasm for the coaches and student-athletes on the University Park campus.  With 761 miles down, we look forward to seeing you next week on leg two of the Coaches Caravan next week.

"This has been a fantastic trip. It's proven to me why I took the job," Coach O'Brien said.


VIDEO: Coach O'Brien Meets With the Media on the Caravan Bus
Prior to Wednesday night's program at the Radisson in Camp Hill, Coach O'Brien met with some of the local beat writers on the Coaches Caravan bus.  Take a look at some of his thoughts on the Caravan and more here.



For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can call 1-800-648-8269 (1-800-NITTANY) weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or visit the Bryce Jordan Ticket Center.


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

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BALTIMORE, Md. and WASHINGTON, D.C. - Shortly after the evening program ended in Drexelbrook on Monday night, the Penn State Coaches Caravan bus loaded up and trekked south on I-95 for day two of the nine-day, 18-stop trip.

The travel party arrived at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor hotel in preparation for Tuesday's lunch stop with the Nittany Lion fans and alums.  The caravan continued south for a dinner stop in Washington at the Washington Hilton.  Take a look through highlights from day two.

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Stop III - Baltimore
Into his second day on stage, Coach O'Brien thoroughly enjoyed his time interacting with the Penn State fans and alums in Baltimore.  Saying he came into his own on stage Tuesday would not be a fair assessment because his first two speeches on the caravan were great, but he took things to another level on Tuesday morning in the Marriott Inner Harbor.

Through much of his speech and Q&A session Coach O'Brien had the room filled with more than 225 people laughing.  The humor ranged from ribbing the Ravens fans in the room about the result of the AFC Championship game (Patriots victory) in January to asking women's golf coach Denise St. Pierre if she could help his slice on the golf course.

He told the crowd before the Q&A session began and said there is one question off limits.

"Don't ask me about the starting quarterback," Coach O'Brien said.  "When we take the field on Sept. 1, we will have a starting quarterback!" (Laughter throughout the room).

Coach O'Brien said that one of the things that has really impressed him since he started at Penn State is the tremendous school spirit from the student body.

"How many other places do you see the students decked out from head-to-toe in gear like you do at Penn State?" Coach O'Brien said.

He enjoys seeing all of the Penn State students covered in gear on College Ave., in the Dunkin' Donuts he visits or on campus every day.

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For the third-straight stop, Coach Chambers joined the leader of Penn State football on stage.  Coach Chambers told the crowd of his history recruiting in Baltimore for several years during his coaching career.  He also told the room that Tuesday exactly marks 11 months on the job as head coach of Penn State men's hoops.  Coach Chambers fielded a great question about Tim Frazier during the Q&A session to which he responded with how the senior point guard is a special talent Nittany Lion fans are able to watch.

Penn State track and cross country coach Beth Alford-Sullivan and women's golf coach Denise St. Pierre drove from State College to Baltimore on Tuesday morning to join the Coaches Caravan.  Alford-Sullivan told the room about her track team's tremendous performance at the Penn Relays over the weekend.  St. Pierre explained how important it is for the entire athletic department to work together as one unit.

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VIDEO: Media Interviews in Baltimore
Watch Beth Alford-Sullivan, Denise St. Pierre and Bill O'Brien talk to the media in Baltimore on Tuesday morning.



Stop IV: Washington, D.C.
Just three days removed from the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the Washington Hilton's International Ballroom played host to the fourth stop on the Penn State Coaches Caravan tour.

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A crowd of more than 375 Penn State fans enjoyed the second dinner program of the Caravan inside the immaculate ballroom on the bottom floor of the Washington Hilton.  All four coaches - St. Pierre, Chambers, Alford-Sullivan and O'Brien - again addressed the crowd before an informal Q&A session.

For the first time on the tour, Coach O'Brien spoke to the crowd without a suit jacket on and his cuffs flipped up.  He joked with the crowd about his sideline exchange with Tom Brady at FedEx Field against the Redskins.  Coach O'Brien again delivered his PowerPoint presentation - "A Championship Program On and Off the Field" - to the audience again on Tuesday night.  He will speak with a presentation during each night session during the Caravan.

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Coach Chambers wrapped up his involvement on the Coaches Caravan with another energetic speech.  He told the crowd that everyone in the program will be working relentlessly to take Nittany Lion basketball to new heights.

"People now are a little bit afraid on the recruiting trail of Penn State basketball," Coach Chambers said of the progress he and the hoops staff are making.

Coach Alford-Sullivan finished her speech with a great quote for the Penn State crowd to take home.

"You put the 'We' in We are...Penn State," Coach Alford-Sullivan
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VIDEO: Coach O'Brien Meets the Media in Washington, D.C.
Head coach Bill O'Brien addressed the media in Washington, D.C. outdoors at the Hilton prior to the evening event.  Take a look as he talks about the advancements of football video editing and gameplanning.



For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can call 1-800-648-8269 (1-800-NITTANY) weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or visit the Bryce Jordan Ticket Center.

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