Coach Bagnoli Central

23 seasons.
Nine Ivy titles.
Countless memories.
Thank You, Coach Bagnoli.

Inside Bagnoli’s Numbers
In his 23rd season, Penn Head CoachAl Bagnoliholds the all-time record with nine outright Ivy titles. He is second all-time with his nine Ivy titles overall, one behind Yale’s Carmen Cozza, who coached for 30 seasons. Bagnoli is the second-winningest head coach in Ivy League history. Only one man has won more games at an Ivy school than his 148 career wins at Penn (Cozza, 179) and in 160 games versus Ivy opponents, Bagnoli’s Quakers won 112 of them (second-most all-time behind Cozza’s 135). Bagnoli’s Ivy record also amounts to a winning percentage of .700—third-highest of all-time since the inception of the league in 1956 (Princeton’s Dick Colman was 61-23 for a .726 winning percentage).

Winning Ways
In 23 years under Coach Bagnoli, the Quakers had just three seasons under .500. In fact, Penn won at least six games in 15 of his 23 years at the helm, including four perfect Ivy seasons and three overall unbeaten seasons.

Penn Scoring Trend
In Coach Bagnoli’s home finale, the Quakers continued a 25-year streak. The Quakers have gone 127 consecutive games at Franklin Field without being shut out. In 23 years, Penn was never shut out at home in the Al Bagnoli era. The last time the Quakers were scoreless at home was a 24-0 loss to Dartmouth on Nov. 18, 1989.

The Bagnoli Resume

• 239 Career Victories
...Second among active FCS coaches.
...Fourth among active coaches (all levels) in career wins.
...Eighth all-time among FCS coaches in career wins.
...28th-most coaching wins all-time (all levels).

• .720 Career Winning Percentage
...Third among active FCS coaches in win percentage.
...Fourth all-time among FCS coaches in win percentage.

• 148 wins at Penn (148-79/.650)
...All-time wins leader at Penn.
...Second-most wins all-time at an Ivy League school.

• 112 Ivy League Wins (112-48/.700)
...Second-most Ivy League wins all-time.
...Third-best Ivy League win percentage of all-time (.700).

• 9 Ivy League championships
...Most outright Ivy titles of all-time (9).
...Second-most total Ivy titles of all-time (9).
...More Ivy titles than Brown (4), Cornell (3) and Columbia (1) have combined.

• 6 Undefeated Ivy League seasons
...Only coach to record back-to-back undefeated Ivy seasons and has done so three times (1993-94, 2002-03, 2009-10).
...More undefeated Ivy seasons than any other program has in its entire history.
...Held NCAA FCS record for consecutive wins (24) from 1995-2014.
...Owns the top three longest win streaks in Ivy League history.

• 227 Games Coaches at Penn
...Fifth-most games coached in Ivy League history.
...Tied for fifth-most seasons coached in Ivy League history & 2nd-most since 1956 (23).
...Third-most Ivy League games coached (160).

Coaching Changes
Over the last 23 years, every man who has taken a head coaching job in the Ivy League has lost to Al Bagnoli. The only exception at this point is David Archer, who beat Penn last year in his first season at Cornell. Since Coach Bagnoli took over at Penn in 1992, the other seven schools have combined for 23 different head coaches and every Ivy school has had at least one coaching change (17 total). Bagnoli has beaten five different coaches at Cornell and four different coaches at Columbia (he’s beaten Pete Mangurian at both those schools). And for a little fun with the longest tenured Ivy League head coach, here’s what was happening in 1992 when Bagnoli took over at Penn:

• Cornell head coach David Archer was in grade school.
• A Few Good Men and A League of Their Own were in theaters
• MTV introduced the first season of The Real World.
• Jump by Kris Kross and Black or White by Michael Jackson topped the charts.
• Tom Kite won the U.S Open in golf.
• Andrew Agassi and Steffi Graf won Wimbledon.
• Trolls dolls and the Super Soaker 100 were the most popular toys.
• Penn was coming off a 2-8 season—its worst in a decade. (Went 7-3 his first year).
• There have been six Presidential elections since Bagnoli took office at Penn.

Quick Bagnoli Notes
Even if the Quakers went undefeated every season, head coach Al Bagnoli would still stand as Penn’s all-time winningest head coach until at least the year 2029.

Coaching Consistency
Outside of winning, the most consistent component of Coach Bagnoli’s tenure at Penn has been his coaching staff. This season, for the first time in five years, there was a change to the staff—the addition of quarterbacks coach Dan Swanstrom. Swanstrom came to Penn after the retirement of Larry Woods, who spent 21 successful years with Coach Bagnoli. Woods was only the third-most senior assistant under Bagnoli as defensive line coach Jim Schaefer is in his 33rd season under Coach Bagnoli (the two also spent 10 seasons together at Union), and defensive coordinator Ray Priore enters his 28th season at Penn. In addition running backs coach Steven Downs (15) and tight ends coach Rick Ulrich (14) have also been with this group since the 1990s. Jon Dupont (linebackers) and Jon McLaughlin (offensive coordinator and offensive line) are each in their ninth season with Coach Bagnoli at Penn.

Priore to Take Over
Al Bagnoli, who has served as the George A. Munger Head Coach of Football at the University of Pennsylvania since 1992, announced on April 23 that he will retire from the position following the 2014 season. Effective December 1, the head coaching duties will transfer to the Quakers’ current defensive coordinator, Ray Priore, who is entering his 28th season along the Franklin Field sidelines in 2014.


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