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Coaches Caravan: Day I - Philadelphia and Drexel Hill

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The 18-stop Penn State Coaches Caravan kicked off on Monday morning in downtown Philadelphia before a crowd of more than 250 Nittany Lion fans and alums.

The Penn State themed bus pulled out of the Bryce Jordan Center at 6:33 a.m. en route to the Hilton Doubletree on Broad Street downtown Philly.  Take a look through some highlights on day one of the nine-day caravan that will cover seven states and Washington, D.C.


Coach O'Brien and Coach Chambers sharing ideas on the bus ride to Philadelphia.

Stop I - Philadelphia
Head coaches Bill O'Brien, Patrick Chambers and Char Morett made the trek to Philly for the first leg of the caravan.  All three head coaches participated in a media session before speaking at the formal lunch program, which began at noon.

Chambers and Morett both hail from Delaware County in the Philadelphia area.  Coach O'Brien is a Boston guy.  As he took the microphone during the lunch event, Coach O'Brien joked with the crowd that the last time he was driving down Broad Street he was in a New England Patriots team bus, and it was not the same reception he received in the ballroom on Monday.

During his speech, Coach O'Brien shared some of his visions for the program, including the four pillars of Penn State Football - Academics, Football, Respect and Integrity.  He also revealed to the room that the team would start a new tradition of singing the alma mater with the Penn State band on the field following each home game.

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Coach Chambers said on Monday that he is thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with loyal fan base.  Since taking the head coaching position 11 months from Tuesday, Coach Chambers said he has wanted to get out into the Penn State community, shake hands and meet people.

Coach Chambers told the room of more than 250 fans that the hoops team just finished a superb spring season of workouts.  He is looking forward to beginning his second season in the fall, which will feature a stop at The Palestra in Philly for a game against La Salle.  He asked the room to pack The Palestra when the Lions return to Philadelphia in the fall.

Prior to Chambers and O'Brien taking the microphone, Coach Morett gave here younger counterparts a bit of a roast at the microphone.  She joked with the crowd that no matter where they go, Coach Chambers and Coach O'Brien have entourages with them.  The room erupted into laughter.

The coaches then fielded questions from the crowd during a Q&A session.  The very first question from the crowd went directly to Coach O'Brien.

"What do you predict for our record this year?"

Coach O'Brien laughed and responded with the same message he tells his team.

"We play 12, one-game seasons," Coach O'Brien said.

A fan from New York, who holds men's basketball season tickets behind the bench in the Bryce Jordan Center told Coach Chambers to turn around and ask him for advice any time he needs it during a game.  Coach Chambers laughed and said that he would expect nothing less from a New Yorker.

With the first lunch complete, the caravan travel party boarded the bus in the shadows of the William Penn statue atop Philadelphia City Hall en route to Drexelbrook.

- Former Nittany Lion Adam Taliaferro was in the crowd at lunch in Philadelphia.

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VIDEO: Stop I Media Interviews

Stop II: Drexelbrook
The Coaches Caravan bus drove through the heart of Philadelphia en route to Drexelbrook, the second stop on the first week.  Coach O'Brien and Coach Chambers participated in a press conference prior to the dinner program.  Take a look at what both had to say about driving through Philly and day one of the caravan in the video below.

VIDEO: Drexelbrook Press Conference with Coach O'Brien and Coach Chambers

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With the longer nature of the evening program, all three coaches spoke at great length about their visions of their programs and the athletic department.  Coach Morett delivered an energetic speech on what it means to be a true Penn Stater.  A veteran leader for 25 seasons, Coach Morett demonstrates passion for Penn State University every time she speaks.

Coach Chambers followed with another energetic, attitude-filled presentation.  Back in his hometown, the leader of Nittany Lion basketball talked about laying the foundation for future success in 2011-12.  Coach Chambers said that change is not going to happen overnight, but the energy level and work ethic the team and staff will bring to the court every night will change the perception of Penn State Basketball.

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Following Coach Morett and Coach Chambers, Coach O'Brien delivered a detailed PowerPoint presentation of his visions for Penn State Football.  The speech included slides with the foundations for the program, the staff, the signs mounted on the doors for the players to read as the enter and leave the Lasch Building and the type of football team fans can expect on the field.

All three coaches did a tremendous job engaging the audience with energetic speaking presentations.  Fans who do not have plans to attend one of the evening sessions on the Coaches Caravan, register today.  You will not be disappointed with what you hear and see.  The Caravan rolls into Baltimore for lunch and Washington, D.C. for dinner on Tuesday and Richmond for breakfast and Harrisburg for dinner on Wednesday.

- Former Penn State greats Massimo Manca and Blair Thomas were in attendance on Monday night.

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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VIDEO: Coaches Caravan Bus Wrapped and Ready to Go

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The nine-day, 18-stop Penn State Coaches Caravan kicks off on Monday with a lunch stop in Philadelphia and a dinner stop in Drexel Hill, Pa.

After more than 40 man hours for five Fullington Trailways employees, the specially-designed Coaches Caravan bus is wrapped with Penn State decals and ready to go.  There are 16 seats in the front half of the bus, some with tables, and leather couches and chairs in the back.

Bill O'Brien, Patrick Chambers and Char Morett will head on the road Monday morning at 6:30 a.m. en route to Philly to begin the first leg of the Penn State Coaches Caravan.

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Hitting the Road on the Coaches Caravan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Never before have Penn State coaches participated in a traveling caravan of the magnitude at least 12 coaches are set to embark on during the next three weeks.


The Coaches Caravan, a nine-day, 18-stop excursion through seven states (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Ohio) and the District of Columbia kicks off on Monday with visits to downtown Philadelphia at lunch and Drexel Hill, Pa., for dinner.

Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien will headline the Coaches Caravan roster at all 18 stops on the tour.  Coach O'Brien and the traveling coaches will ride in the modified Fullington Trailways, Penn State-themed bus for the duration of the caravan.

"I am really looking forward to getting out on the road to meet the alums and fans," Coach O'Brien said.  "I really want to share my vision for the football program.  And then getting the opportunity to travel with a lot of the other coaches will be fun."

The list coaches includes men's basketball's Patrick Chambers (four stops), women's basketball's Coquese Washington (six stops), field hockey's Char Morett (three stops), men's volleyball's Russ Rose (one stop), men's and women's track and field/cross country's Beth Alford-Sullivan (four stops), women's golf's Denise St. Pierre (two stops), men's soccer's Bob Warming (six stops), men's golf's Greg Nye (six stops), men's hockey's Guy Gadowsky (six stops), women's hockey's Josh Brandwene (two stops) and Mark Pavlik (six stops).

"We need to get out there and meet people," Coach Chambers said.  "They need to feel a connection with me and our team.  And when you do that, it may entice the fans to get to campus, come to some games, and maybe even get to some road games if they are in the area where we are playing."

"So many people support Penn State and the women's basketball program," said Coach Washington.  "It is always exciting to get out and see some of the fans.  Having face-to-face interaction with them helps us learn what more we can do to make their experience with our program better.  It also gives us a chance to let them know how much we appreciate what they do for us."

Coach O'Brien will deliver a presentation on the road, highlighting some of his coaching philosophies, visions, core values and more.  It is also a great opportunity for the new leader of Penn State football to meet some of the loyal fans and alums in cities across seven states and Washington, D.C.

"Again, one of the things that is very important for me is for people to hear my vision for the program - the things we talk about with the players, like honesty, integrity, knowing your role, being involved in the community and keeping that balance between academics and football," Coach O'Brien said.

I will be joining Coach O'Brien and the traveling coaches on the bus during all nine days of the Coaches Caravan.  From the time the bus pulls out of the Bryce Jordan Center parking lot on Monday at 6:30 a.m. until it pulls back into town from Buffalo on May 17, will have written and video coverage from every step of the way during a three-week trek.

"They (coaches and staff) are going to get a full dose of me.  I don't know whether that is good or bad (laughter)," Coach O'Brien said.  "I am looking forward to it.  It will be somewhat of a bonding trip with some of the other coaches, and I am looking forward to getting to know some of those people."

In previous years, Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno and a few select coaches hit the road for a limited number dinner events, but never before has there been a caravan with 18 stops featuring at least 12 coaches.

Coach O'Brien and the Penn State Coaches Caravan are coming to a city near you.  Register today by clicking the link listed below.  We look forward to seeing you on the road.

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VIDEO: Coach O'Brien Set to Kick Off Coaches Caravan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With spring practice in the books, Coach O'Brien is packing his backs for a nine-day, 18-stop road trip.

The leader of Penn State football, along with a minimum of 12 other coaches who are scheduled to participate along the way, will hit the road beginning on Monday, April 30, for a seven state Coaches Caravan.  Coach O'Brien is eager to meet Penn State fans and alums during the next three weeks, and he wants to see you during his travels.

Register Online Today Here:  Coaches Caravan Registration

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VIDEO: Coach Chambers is Heading to Philly

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The nine-day, 18-stop Penn State Coaches Caravan kicks off on Monday with a lunch stop in Philadelphia and a dinner stop in Drexel Hill, Pa.

Men's hoops coach Patrick Chambers is excited to bring the attitude to his hometown of Philly, and he wants to see you there.

Register Online Today Here:  Coaches Caravan Registration

Follow Media Specialist Tony Mancuso on Twitter @GoPSUTony


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