PHILADELPHIA --Fresh off an Ivy League championship in year one as head coach at the University of Pennsylvania, Ray Priore has been named one of 15 finalists for the STATS FCS Coach of the Year Award.
The lone Ivy League head coach among the 15 finalists, Priore guided the Quakers to a 7-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the Ivy League to secure a share of Penn’s 17th Ancient Eight title.
Priore’s first win as head coach was a historic one. On September 24, the Quakers defeated No. 5 Villanova, 24-13, for Penn’s first win over the Wildcats since 1911 – and the program’s first-ever road win against a Top-Five opponent.
Priore and the Quakers would close the 2015 season on a six-game winning streak, Penn’s longest since its Ivy championship season in 2010.
Along the way, Priore’s team would again go on the road and knock off a top-ranked opponent. On November 14, the Quakers defeated No. 12 Harvard, 35-25, to give Penn its first season with two road wins over Top-25 opponents in program history.
Priore’s Ivy League title in year one is a rare occurrence. He is just the second Penn coach, joining Ed Zubrow in 1986, and seventh Ivy coach all-time to win a championship in his first year.
A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will cast their ballots based on the regular season. The winner will be honored at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation, scheduled for Jan. 8 in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the FCS championship game.