PHILADELPHIA - George A. Munger Head Coach of FootballRay Priore officially announced former Kansas and Rice offensive coordinator, John Reagan, to the same postion at theUniversity of Pennsylvaniaon Thursday. Reagan, who spent the 1997 season on the Penn coaching staff, will also serve as the team's offensive line coach.
"I am extremely pleased to bring John back to Penn," Priore said. "I have been able to follow all of his accomplishments since his last tenure at Penn, and he returns with an impressive track record of success. He has an abundance of experience at the highest level, and I could not be more excited to add him to this coaching staff."
"I'm really looking forward to returning to Penn and working with Ray again," Reagan said. "Penn football has always had such great support from alums and the University, and I've always liked the model of the Ivy League. It truly is about the student-athlete, and preparing kids to be successful on the field and in life. This was a great opportunity and I can't wait to get started."
Reagan spent last season as offensive coordinator at Kansas and the previous four years at Rice, including the last three as offensive coordinator. In his three seasons at the helm of the Owls offense, Reagan led two of the three most productive offensive seasons in school history, which included a win in the 2012 Armed Forces Bowl, a 2013 Conference USA championship, and an appearance in the 2013 Liberty Bowl.
In 2012, the Owls produced the second-most productive offensive season in school history, piling up 5,556 yards, 414 points and 306 first downs on their way to winning the last five games, including the Armed Forces Bowl. The Owls also set a school record and led the nation by averaging 33:59 in time of possession.
Prior to joining the Owls, Reagan spent five seasons at Kansas as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator. Under his direction, KU posted a better rushing average in each of the first four seasons, including running for 188.8 yards per game in 2007.Also under Reagan, offensive tackle Anthony Collins developed into a 2007 All-America selection and was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, given annually to the best interior lineman in college football. Collins went on to be selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Reagan, who spent the 2003-04 seasons as the offensive line coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy and assisted with several special teams units, was also a member of the Temple coaching staff for three years. He directed the defensive line at Temple for two seasons before his switch to the opposite side of the ball. In 2001, Temple ranked 19th nationally in total defense behind a pair of Reagan's disciples -- defensive tackle Dan Klecko, who became Temple's first unanimous All-Big East honoree, and defensive end Raheem Brock, who was taken in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Reagan joined the Temple staff in February 2000 after instructing the Akron defensive line in 1999. Before coaching at Akron, Reagan was the tight ends coach and offensive tackle coach at Army in 1998. In 1997, he came to Penn after serving as an offensive graduate assistant at Oklahoma State. He began his coaching career in 1994 as the assistant offensive line and fullback coach at Albany, where he remained until moving to Stillwater in 1996.
He was a three-year starter at Syracuse, graduating in 1994 with a dual major in exercise science and sport psychology. As a senior captain in 1993, Reagan earned the Ben Schwartzwalder Most Exemplary Football Player Award after leading his team to a 26-22 victory over Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. While with the Orangemen, he also competed in the 1992 Hall of Fame Bowl when Syracuse defeated Ohio State, 24-17. Reagan was twice named to the GTE Academic All-America team (1992-93) and was presented with the Toyota Leadership Award following his senior season.
A native of Delmar, N.Y., Reagan was a standout center at Bethlehem High School and was inducted into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame in upstate New York in 2012.
Reagan has a daughter, Kaitlyn and a son, Daniel.