Coaches Caravan Making 12 Stops in PA and Mid-Atlantic Region Starting May 5

UNIVERSITY PARK – Building on the success of his vision to “Dominate The State,” Penn State football coach James Franklin will be joined by five head coaches and eight assistant football coaches during the Penn State Coaches Caravan tour in May.

Eight of the 12 Caravan events will take place in Pennsylvania, with additional stops in Baltimore, New York City, Washington, D.C. and New Jersey.

Penn State Coaches Caravan registration can be found at: alumni.psu.edu/coachescaravan. 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.

Franklin is scheduled to participate in all 12 Coaches Caravan stops and will be joined at various events by head coaches Patrick Chambers (men’s basketball), Guy Gadowsky (men’s hockey), Russ Rose (women’s volleyball), Denise St. Pierre (women’s golf) and Cael Sanderson (wrestling).

Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour also is scheduled to attend at least 10 of the 12 Coaches Caravan events.

In addition to the head coaches, eight 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)

May 5 – Lancaster — John Donovan, Brent Pry

May 6 – Baltimore — Charles Huff, Sean Spencer

May 7 – Pittsburgh — Bob Shoop, Terry M. Smith

May 19 – Philadelphia — Josh Gattis, Sean Spencer

May 19 – Bucks County — Josh Gattis, Sean Spencer

May 20 – Morris County (N.J.) — Ricky Rahne

May 21 – Wilkes-Barre — Ricky Rahne

Jointly sponsored by the Nittany Lion Club and Penn State Alumni Association, this will be the fourth edition of the Penn State Coaches Caravan, which will make stops at Nittany Nation strongholds across Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic from May 5-7 and May 19-21.

Each of the Coaches Caravan events will feature an opportunity to meet Franklin and the other Nittany Lion head coaches during the lunch or evening receptions prior to the programs.

The second-year football head coach will meet with alumni and fans and talk about his first season as head coach, preparations for the 2015 campaign and vision for Penn State football, as well as how all Penn State alumni and fans can help build on Penn State football’s tradition of excellence.

The Coaches Caravan customized coach will roll out of Happy Valley with Franklin, Gadowsky and St. Pierre on May 5, with stops in Harrisburg (lunch) and Lancaster (evening reception). The first week continues with stops in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore (May 6) and Altoona and Pittsburgh (May 7).

The second week begins May 19, as Chambers, Rose and Sanderson join the Caravan for lunch in Center City Philadelphia and an evening reception in Franklin’s hometown of Langhorne in Bucks County.

Chambers is from Newtown Square, also a Philadelphia suburb. The Coaches Caravan will then visit New York City and Northern New Jersey (May 20) and conclude in the Lehigh Valley and Wilkes-Barre on May 21.

Franklin will be joined by head coaches who have helped champion Penn State’s “One Team” philosophy, with the 31 varsity teams, Intercollegiate Athletics, 24 campuses, communities and constituencies all playing a role in the Nittany Lions’ academic and athletic success.

Penn State has captured 18 Big Ten Championships and five NCAA titles since Sept. 2012, while earning an NCAA student-athlete Graduation Rate of 89 percent. During the 2014 fall semester, a school record 500 Penn State student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average, with a record 241 garnering Dean’s List honors by posting a GPA of 3.50 or higher.

The 2015 Coaches Caravan schedule of events, locations and coaches scheduled to attend (subject to change):

May 5

Harrisburg/Best Western Premier (Lunch)

Coaches:  James Franklin, Guy Gadowsky, Denise St. Pierre

Lancaster/Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square (Evening reception)

Coaches:  James Franklin, Guy Gadowsky, Denise St. Pierre, John Donovan, Brent Pry

May 6

Washington, D.C./J.W. Marriott Washington, D.C. (Lunch)

Coaches:  James Franklin, Guy Gadowsky, Denise St. Pierre

Baltimore/Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport; Linthicum Heights (Evening reception)

Coaches:  James Franklin, Guy Gadowsky, Denise St. Pierre, Charles Huff, Sean Spencer

May 7

Altoona/Lakemont Park Casino (Lunch)

Coaches:  James Franklin, Guy Gadowsky, Denise St. Pierre

Pittsburgh/Doubletree by Hilton Cranberry (Evening reception)

Coaches:  James Franklin, Guy Gadowsky, Denise St. Pierre, Bob Shoop, Terry M. Smith

May 19

Philadelphia/Hyatt at the Bellevue; Center City (Lunch)

Coaches:  James Franklin, Patrick Chambers, Russ Rose, Cael Sanderson, Josh Gattis, Sean Spencer

Philadelphia/Sheraton Bucks County Hotel; Langhorne (Evening reception)

Coaches:  James Franklin, Patrick Chambers, Russ Rose, Cael Sanderson, Josh Gattis, Sean Spencer

May 20

New York City/Edison Ballroom (Lunch)

Coaches:  James Franklin, Patrick Chambers, Russ Rose, Cael Sanderson

Northern New Jersey/Hilton; Parsippany (Evening reception)

Coaches:  James Franklin, Patrick Chambers, Russ Rose, Cael Sanderson, Ricky Rahne

May 21

Lehigh Valley/Holiday Inn, Allentown — I-78; Breinigsville (Lunch)

Coaches:  James Franklin, Russ Rose, Cael Sanderson

Wilkes-Barre/The F.M. Kirby Center (Evening reception)

Coaches:  James Franklin, Russ Rose, Cael Sanderson, Ricky Rahne

For the fourth consecutive year, Fullington Tours will provide a customized coach to transport all the Coaches Caravan participants throughout the 12-stop tour.

Fans can follow the Penn State Alumni Association (@PennStateAlums or @PSUFBLetter), Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) and the Nittany Lion Club (@NittanyLionClub) on Twitter.

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