Assistant Coaches Set To Join Franklin on Penn State Coaches Caravan in May
April 15, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Building on his mission to "Dominate The State," Penn State football coach James Franklinis scheduled to be joined by nine head coaches and all nine assistant football coaches during the Penn State Coaches Caravan tour in May. Thirteen of the 17 events will take place in Pennsylvania, including five on Penn State campuses, with additional stops in Baltimore, New Jersey, New York City and Washington, D.C.
In his first year as the Nittany Lions' 16th head football coach, Franklin is scheduled to participate in all 17 Coaches Caravan stops at Nittany Nation strongholds across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region.
The nine head coaches scheduled to join Franklin during the Penn State Coaches Caravan include: Guy Gadowsky (men's hockey), Amanda Lehotak (softball), Char Morett (field hockey), Mark Pavlik (men's volleyball), Russ Rose (women's volleyball), Cael Sanderson (wrestling), Erica Walsh (women's soccer), Bob Warming (men's soccer) and Coquese Washington (Lady Lion basketball).
In addition to the nine head coaches, all nine assistant football coaches also are scheduled to attend Penn State Coaches Caravan events:
Assistant Football Coaches attending Penn State Coaches Caravan events (subject to change)
Penn State Coaches Caravan registration is underway for the general public at www.alumni.psu.edu/coachescaravan. As a benefit of membership, Penn State Alumni Association and Nittany Lion Club members began signing up for Coaches Caravan events on March 24, with more than 4,500 overall registrations during the first three weeks. Advance registration is required for all events on the Penn State Coaches Caravan, which is jointly sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association and the Nittany Lion Club.
The May 6 lunch at Penn State York (215 guests) and evening reception in Hershey (725) and the May 20 lunch at Williamsport's Pennsylvania College of Technology (250) are sold out. There are less than 50 seats remaining for the evening reception in Erie (May 22) and the May 7 lunch in Baltimore.
Five of the Coaches Caravan events will be held on Penn State campuses, starting Thursday, May 1 with an evening reception at the new Pegula Ice Arena on the University Park campus. The Coaches Caravan also will stop at Penn State York (sold out); Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus (Uniontown); the Pennsylvania College of Technology (sold out) and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, for the final event on May 22.
At each event, Penn Staters will be treated to a message from the Nittany Lions' head coach and at least one other Penn State head coach and have the opportunity to ask questions about the Nittany Lions' nationally recognized 31-sport athletic department. Each stop will feature a meet and greet with Franklin and the other Nittany Lion head coaches during the lunch or evening receptions prior to the programs. Members of the Penn State football coaching staff also will attend selected events.
Rose and Warming are scheduled to join Franklin at the May 1 event in Pegula Ice Arena, which opened to rave reviews last October and is the home of the Penn State men's and women's hockey teams. Football assistant coaches Josh Gattis, Charles Huff, Brent Pry and Bob Shoopalso are scheduled to attend the State College event.
At each of the Coaches Caravan events, Franklin will meet with alumni and fans and talk about his core values for the program, vision for Penn State football and preparations for the 2014 season, as well as how all Penn State alumni and fans can help build on Penn State football's tradition of excellence.
Franklin will be joined by head coaches who have helped champion Penn State's "One Team" philosophy, with the 31 varsity teams, athletics, 24 campuses, communities and constituencies all playing a role in the Nittany Lions' academic and athletic success. Penn State has captured seven Big Ten Championships and three NCAA titles thus far in 2013-14, with a conference-best 15 Big Ten crowns the past two years, while earning an NCAA Graduation Rate of 88 percent.
Franklin's Nittany Lions are in the midst of spring practice, which culminates with the Blue-White Game presented by AAA at 1:30 p.m. on April 12. There is no admission or parking fee for the game.
The 2014 Coaches Caravan schedule of events, locations and coaches scheduled to participate:
May 6 - York/Penn State York (Lunch) - SOLD OUT
May 7 - Baltimore/Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards (Lunch)
May 8 - Uniontown/Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus (Lunch)
May 13 - King of Prussia/Valley Forge Casino Resort (Evening reception)
May 14 - Philadelphia-Center City/The Rittenhouse (Lunch)
May 15 - Northern New Jersey (Whippany)/Hanover Marriott (Lunch)
May 20 - Williamsport/Pennsylvania College of Technology College (Lunch) - SOLD OUT
May 21 - East Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg University (Lunch)
For the third consecutive year, Fullington Tours will provide a customized coach to transport all the Coaches Caravan participants throughout the 17-stop tour.
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