Bagnoli Leaving Department To Be Columbia's Coach

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania’s recently retired head football coach, Al Bagnoli, is getting back into the coaching game after a brief stint in administration.

On Monday, Penn's all-time winningest coach.was announced as Columbia University’s new head coach.

Bagnoli spent the past 23 seasons as Penn’s head coach, and is the program’s winningest coach with 148 victories. He is also the Ivy League record-holder with nine outright Ivy League championships. During his tenure at Penn, Bagnoli built winning records against all seven Ivy League teams. He has coached more than 186 All-Ivy players including seven first-team All-Americans, four NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners, two Ivy League Rookies of the Year, five Asa S. Bushnell Cup winners as the Ivy League’s Most Valuable Player, three players drafted to the National Football League, and 14 NFL free agents.

You can click here for a complete listing of Bagnoli’s accomplishments as a head coach, both at Penn and overall.

He announced that he would retire following the 2014 season last April, and had moved into an administrative position within Penn’s athletic department since the end of the season in November.

“We are thankful for Al Bagnoli’s 23 years of success and service to the University of Pennsylvania,” said Penn’s Director of Athletics, M. Grace Calhoun. “He will always hold a special place here at Penn. We wish him the best.”

“We are sad to see Al leave, but remain extremely excited about the future of our program,” said Ray Priore, who took over as Penn's George A. Munger Head Coach of Football following Bagnoli's retirement. “Here at Penn, our goal is the same, and that is to bring the Penn back to the top of the Ivy League.”