Ivy League Championships
1988, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012
Ray Priore officially took over as the 22nd George A. Munger Head Coach of Football at Penn on Dec. 1, 2014. He succeeds Al Bagnoli, who retired after 23 seasons as the school's all-time winningest head coach and the second-winningest head coach in Ivy League history.
With Penn's most recent Ivy championship season in 2012 - the program's third outright title in four years - Ray Priore has been a part of 10 Ivy League titles at Penn. He is the veteran of the Red and Blue coaching staff as he enters his 29th year on the Quakers sideline in 2015. Prior to taking the helm of the Quakers, he spent the last 16 seasons as Penn’s defensive coordinator and secondaries coach, and nine as the associate head coach.
Throughout his tenure, the defense has been a traditional strength for the Quakers and has been especially key during each of Penn's Ivy League championship seasons - most recently the 2012 campaign which featured five All-Ivy defensive players.
In 2010, for the third straight season, the Quakers led the Ivy League in scoring defense and rushing defense. Penn ranked No. 1 in the nation in rush defense (73.6 yards/game) and No. 2 in the country in scoring defense 14.5 (points/game). Penn also led the Ivies in sacks and tackles for loss for the second straight year.
In 2009, Priore finished as runner-up for the National Coordinator of the Year award after guiding Penn’s defense to the top of the FCS. How dominant were the Quakers?
* Penn finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense, allowing just 217.6 yards per game.
* The Quakers were also tops in the country in scoring defense as the only team in the country that gave up less than 10 points per game (9.6).
* The 2009 season marked the fewest points allowed by a Penn defense in a 10-game season since 1927.
* Penn gave up no more than seven points in any of the last five games, and gave up a total of just 10 points in the fourth quarter all year.
* At home, Penn's defense gave up just two touchdowns all season and just 17 total points in five games (3.2 per game).
* During one stretch, Penn's defense held opponents scoreless for 183 minutes, 42 seconds. A span of more than 12 quarters without giving up a single point.
* The Quakers, who also led the Ivy League in every major defensive category, were second in the FCS in rushing defense and pass efficiency defense. In all, Penn finished in the top 10 in the nation in eight defensive categories.
* Penn was the least penalized team in all of Division I (FBS and FCS). More disciplined than Navy, who finished second.
* Penn led the nation in red zone defense. The opposition did not score on half of its red zone possessions. In fact, on 22 attempts, opponents had almost as many turnovers (five) as touchdowns (seven).
In 2008, Priore directed a squad that ranked fourth in the nation in total defense and scoring defense, ninth in the country in rushing defense and 13th in pass defense. The Penn defense, which also finished first in the Ivy League in total defense and pass defense, had seven All-Ivy honorees, including first-teamer and All-America defensive back Chris Wynn.
Penn’s Ivy title season in 2003 was a typical campaign for the Red and Blue defense under Priore, as the Quakers brought home their seventh Ivy trophy under his direction. They led the Ivy League in scoring and rushing defense (fourth in the NCAA) for the third-straight year and also ranked first in the Ivy League in total defense and turnover margin.
Priore’s defenses have always been among the best in the Ivy League and the nation, but perhaps the only one to rival the 2009 team's dominance was his 2002 unit, which held Ivy opponents to 43.6 yards per game on the ground. That year, Penn’s title-winning defense also ranked tops in I-AA in rush defense (55.8 ypg) and scoring defense (13.2 ppg) and first in the Ivy League in total defense (275.6 ypg), scoring defense, rush defense, pass efficiency defense (98.6 rating) and fewest first downs allowed (149).
Thirty-eight members of Priore’s defense have been named first-team All-Ivy over the past 10 seasons, including 12 members of the secondary. Linebacker Jake Lewko was recognized as the 2009 Co-Ivy League MVP and signed with the NFL's Tennessee Titans during the 2010 NFL Draft and three-time All-Ivy recipient Brandon Copeland was signed by the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. In addition, four members of Priore's secondary have signed NFL free agent contracts (2004 unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection Duvol Thompson signed with the St. Louis Rams; 2002 unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection Vince Alexander signed with the New York Jets; Kunle Williams signed with Cincinnati; and Stephen Faulk signed with San Francisco).
Thirty-five members of Priore’s secondaries have been named to the All-Ivy teams in the past decade - Alexander (twice), Greg Ambrogi, Bryan Arguello, Bradford Blackmon, D.L. Bouldrick, Rudy Brown, Sam Chwarzynski, Casey Edgar, Britton Ertman, Faulk, Kevin Gray, Matt Hamscher (twice), Evan Jackson (twice), Sebastian Jaskowski, Michael Johns, Pat Kimener, Fred Plaza, Josh Powers, Tyson Maugle (twice), Pat McManus, Jonathan Moore, Kevin Stefanski, Thompson (twice), Dave Twamley, Scotty Williams (twice), Dan Wilk, Kunle Williams and Chris Wynn (three times).
Priore resides in Mt. Laurel, N.J., with his daughter, Jenna.
THE PRIORE FILE
George A. Munger Head Coach of Football — Penn, 2015-present
Associate Head Coach — Penn, 2006-2014
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach — Penn, 1999-2014
Recruiting Coordinator — Penn, 1992-2005
Special Teams Coordinator — Penn, 1995-98
Defensive Ends Coach — Penn, 1991-98
Outside Linebackers Coach — Penn, 1988-89
Assistant Linebackers Coach — Penn, 1987
Defensive Backs Coach — Albany, 1985-86
First Year at Penn 1987
Alma Mater Albany, 1985
Hometown Long Beach, N.Y.
Residence Mt. Laurel, N.J.
Family Daughter, Jenna
1986 Masters, University at Albany
1985 B.A., University at Albany
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