Coaches Caravan Resumes Tuesday; O'Brien, Chambers, Gadowsky, Morett and Pavlik Headline Week Two
May 5, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Following six enthusiastic stops last week, the Penn State Coaches Caravan will embark on Week 2 with the final six stops starting Tuesday, May 7.
Football coach Bill O'Brien is headlining the bus tour of many Penn State alumni strongholds across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic. The 2012 Bear Bryant and Maxwell Football Club national Coach of the Year is participating in all 12 Coaches Caravan stops and being joined by seven more dynamic Penn State head coaches during the tour.
The second week of the Coaches Caravan begins Tuesday with events at Penn College in Williamsport (sold out) and the Lehigh Valley. On Wednesday, May 8, the Caravan will stop in New York City and Scranton and on May 9, the final day of the 2012 tour has events at Penn State DuBois and in Pittsburgh.
More than 2,100 energetic and engaged Penn State alumni and fans attended Coaches Caravan Week 1 events in Reading, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Lancaster and Harrisburg last week, including a crowd of 550 at the Harrisburg event.
At each Coaches Caravan stop, Penn State alumni and fans will have the opportunity to hear from O'Brien and at least two other head coaches and ask questions about the Nittany Lions' nationally recognized 31-sport "One Team" athletic program at a lunch or evening event. Penn State was ranked No. 3 in the most recent Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings of all Division I programs and has won a school record seven Big Ten Championships thus far in 2012-13.
Four Nittany Lion head coaches will accompany O'Brien for selected stops during the second week of the Coaches Caravan: Patrick Chambers (Nittany Lion basketball), Guy Gadowsky (men's hockey), Char Morett (field hockey) and Mark Pavlik (men's volleyball). (See below for listing of events and coaches attending).
"This is a great chance to get out and meet all our alumni and fans," O'Brien said. "We want to get out, show our appreciation and say thank you for everything Nittany Nation does to support all our programs. It's great being in a room full of energetic, passionate Penn Staters."
For the second consecutive year, the Coaches Caravan will be a part of the Penn State Alumni Association's Greater Scranton Chapter annual scholarship dinner at Genetti Manor. The reception on May 8 begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:30 p.m. Last year's Scranton event drew a crowd of 930.
Four Penn State mentors joined O'Brien during the opening week of the tour: Chambers, Russ Rose (women's volleyball), Cael Sanderson (wrestling) and Coquese Washington (women's basketball).
Jointly sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association and the Nittany Lion Club, fans can register for Coaches Caravan events at www.alumni.psu.edu/coachescaravan and www.GoPSUsports.com. Advance registration is required for all Coaches Caravan events.
O'Brien and his fellow head coaches have championed Penn State's "One Team" philosophy this year, with the 31 varsity teams, athletics, campuses, communities and constituencies all playing a role in the Nittany Lions' academic and athletic success. Penn State has captured a school record seven Big Ten Championships and one NCAA title thus far in 2012-13, while earning an NCAA Graduation Rate of 88 percent and a school record 100 Academic All-Big Ten honorees among the Fall sport student-athletes and a total of 164 through the Winter sports season.
The 2013 Penn State Coaches Caravan Week 2 events and coaches attending (subject to change):