Following the success and enthusiasm encountered last year, the Penn State Coaches Caravan will again hit the road this spring to tour the state and beyond with football coach Bill O’Brien highlighting the group to stop at a dozen cities.
At each stop Penn State alumni and fans will have the opportunity to hear from O’Brien and at least one other head coach at each of the destinations, as well as ask questions to the coaches, with the caravan running from April 30 to May 9. The schedule for which coaches will be at each appearance has not yet been set.
“We had a great turnout of Penn State alumni and fans during the Coaches Caravan last year and I enjoyed meeting so many people who have great pride and passion for Penn State,” O’Brien said in a statement. “It’s important for me to get around Pennsylvania and other areas where we have a lot of alumni and give them a chance to get to know me and to hear from them. They need to hear about my philosophy and vision for the future and how we are moving forward. I knew Penn State was a special place when I came here and my experiences over the past year have only made that more apparent.”
The tour begins in Reading with a stop for lunch and an evening reception in Philadelphia on April 30, with similar day-and-evening appearances for the rest of the tour. The caravan will then head to Baltimore in the day and Washington in the evening on May 1, and Lancaster and Harrisburg on May 2. On May 7, the bus tour will head to Williamsport and Scranton, while a trip to New York and Scranton will be made May 8. The final day of the tour, May 9, will have stops at DuBois and Pittsburgh.
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Other details on the tour have yet to be announced, including specific locations and registration information. Registration for Penn State Alumni Association and Nittany Lion Club members will begin March 12 and registration for the general public opens March 15.
Last year’s caravan stopped at 18 cities over a three-week period.
O’Brien was selected the 2012 Bear Bryant, Maxwell Football Club and ESPN national coach of the year and the Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record, winning eight of the final 10 games last season.