Building on Penn State’s “One Team” inaugural year momentum, highlighting the highly successful first season under football coach Bill O’Brien and looking ahead to 2013, the Penn State Coaches Caravan tour begins another road trip April 30 with visits to 12 locations during two weeks this spring.
O’Brien will headline 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 will participate in all 12 Coaches Caravan stops and will be joined by other head coaches at each event.
The April 30 opening stop at the Penn State Berks campus in Reading is sold out. Three more dynamic Penn State mentors are set to join O’Brien on the Coaches Caravan during the first week (April 30-May 2). The coaches participating during the second week (May 7-9) of the tour are to be announced.
Fresh off Penn State’s third consecutive NCAA Wrestling Championship, coach Cael Sanderson is scheduled to participate in all six Coaches Caravan events from April 30-May 2. In his four seasons as head coach at Penn State, Sanderson has guided the Nittany Lions to their first three Big Ten titles and the program’s first NCAA Championships (2011-13) since 1953. The 2013 NWCA National Coach of the Year, he has coached six national champions, 13 Big Ten champions and 19 All- Americans the past four years. Sanderson has a superb 100-19-2 dual meet record in seven years as a head coach.
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Nittany Lion basketball coach Patrick Chambers will participate in the April 30 Coaches Caravan events in Reading (lunch) and Philadelphia (evening) and the May 1 events in Baltimore (lunch) and Washington, D.C. (evening). Entering his third year at Penn State, Chambers has turned his passion and energy into a compelling rise in the coaching ranks. In his first two seasons leading the Nittany Lions, he has guided guard Tim Frazier to first-team All-Big Ten honors and instilled a passionate, relentless attitude and positive culture that has Penn State pointed toward a breakout campaign in 2013-14 with more than 80 percent of its scoring, rebounding and assists returning to the team.
Women’s volleyball coach Russ Rose will attend Coaches Caravan events May 2 in Lancaster (lunch) and Camp Hill (evening). Rose has led Penn State to five NCAA Championships, including an unprecedented four consecutive titles from 2007-10. Entering his 35th year as the Nittany Lions’ head coach, Rose has guided Penn State to 15 Big Ten Championships and owns a superlative career record of 1,091-175 (86.2). A member of the AVCA Hall of Fame, Rose has directed Penn State to 32 consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, one of only two programs to do so. He has coached 34 Nittany Lions to a total of 75 All-America honors.