PHILADELPHIA For the past sixteen years at the University of Pennsylvania, Al Bagnoli has been synonymous with Penn football, developing a tradition that has earned him numerous accolades and a place among the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) all-time lists.
Now Penn fans, students, staff and alumni can voice their support for Bagnoli in the voting for the 2008 Coach of the Year Award, presented by Liberty Mutual. The award, which is given to a winner in each of the four NCAA divisions, honors coaches who demonstrate responsibility and excellence both on and off the field. With the support of the College Football Hall of Fame, Liberty Mutual will make a $50,000 donation to the civic and charitable activities of each winner, as well as an additional $20,000 donation to the alumni association of each coach's school.
As the George A. Munger Head Coach of Football, Bagnoli has guided the Quakers to six outright Ivy League titles during his tenure, more than any other coach in Ancient Eight history. Along with 78 Ivy wins and a .696 Ivy winning percentageboth tops among active FCS coachesBagnoli also ranks fifth all-time in the FCS with 194 wins to his credit. With the completion of Penn’s season opener against Villanova on Sept. 20, Bagnoli became the longest serving coach in Penn football annals, supplanting George Munger with his 17th and current campaign.
Quaker supporters are encouraged to cast their vote online at www.coachoftheyear.com for the award. Afterfinalists are announced, a combination of online fan balloting and votes from select members of the College Football Hall of Fame and national media will determine the winners. Voting will conclude on Dec. 6.