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Brent Pry
Brent  Pry

Altoona, Pa.

Assistant Head Coach/Co-Def. Coordinator/Linebackers

Alma Mater:
University of Buffalo



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A native of Altoona, Pa., Brent Pry's coaching career has spanned 22 years and began during James Franklin's final two seasons as an All-PSAC quarterback at East Stroudsburg University. Pry has helped each program he's coached at to success, including 10 bowl appearances, with Top 25 finishes in total defense in each of his last four seasons (one at Penn State; three at Vanderbilt). He also has played an instrumental role working with Top 10 defenses at Penn State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Southern and Western Carolina. As co-defensive coordinator in 2014, Pry helped direct a unit that was No. 2 in FBS total defense, allowing just 278.7 yards per game. For his efforts, Pry was a finalist for Football Scoop’s Linebackers Coach of the Year to continue the “Linebacker U.” tradition. Mike Hull earned the Big Ten Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year award and eight All-America honors in 2014. Hull led the Big Ten with 140 tackles, tied for fourth in school season history. Pry tutored the Vanderbilt linebackers and was co-defensive coordinator from 2011-13. The linebackers led the team in tackles-for-loss during each of Pry’s three seasons at VU and he helped Chris Marve earn All-SEC accolades in 2011. While at Georgia Southern in 2010, his defensive unit helped the Eagles to a win over No. 1 Appalachian State and an appearance in the NCAA FCS semifinals. A member of the Memphis staff from 2007-09, Pry's defensive line corps helped the Tigers to back-to-back bowl appearances. He also coached at Louisiana-Lafayette (2002-06), boosting the Ragin' Cajuns to their first Sun Belt Conference championship, Western Carolina (1998-01) and Virginia Tech (1995-98), helping the Hokies to three bowl games as a graduate assistant, including a win in the 1995 Sugar Bowl. Pry coached the East Stroudsburg outside linebackers and defensive backs in 1993-94. Pry's father, Jim, has been a college football coach for more than 35 years and was Franklin's offensive coordinator at ESU. Brent Pry graduated from Lexington (Va.) High School and played defensive back at University of Buffalo, earning his degree in history in 1993.

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Hometown: Altoona, Pa. 

Alma Mater: University of Buffalo.

Education: Bachelor's, History.

Family: wife, Amy; son, Colby, daughters, Madeline and Catherine

Coaching Career

2014-current - Penn State (assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator/linebackers)

2013 - Vanderbilt (assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator/linebackers)

2011-12 - Vanderbilt (co-defensive coordinator/linebackers)

2010 - Georgia Southern (defensive coordinator and safeties)

2007-09 - Memphis (defensive line)

2004-06 - Louisiana-Lafayette (assistant head coach, defensive coordinators and linebackers) 

2002-03 - Louisiana-Lafayette (defensive coordinator and linebackers)
2000-01 - Western Carolina (defensive backs and special teams)

1998-99 - Western Carolina (defensive line)

1995-98 - Virginia Tech (graduate assistant, defensive line)

1993-94 - East Stroudsburg (outside linebackers and defensive backs)

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