PHILADELPHIA - Monday marked Ray Priore's first official day as the George A. Munger Head Coach of Football at the University of Pennsylvania. Priore, who has spent the past 28 seasons on the Penn staff, is the 22nd head coach in the program's illustrious history.
Priore, who has won nine Ivy League titles at Penn, inherits the team from Al Bagnoli, who retired after 23 seasons as the school's all-time winningest head coach and the second-winningest coach in Ivy League history.
Priore has been at Penn since 1987 when he served as the assistant linebackers coach. After one year, he became the outside linebackers coach, then tutored the defensive ends for eight seasons before becoming the defensive coordinator in 1999. He also served as the special teams coordinator from 1995-98.
During his 16 seasons as defensive coordinator,the defense has been a traditional strength for the Quakers and has been especially key during each of Penn's Ivy League championship seasons. In 2009, he was the runner-up for National Coordinator of the Year after Penn finished with the nation's top defense.
Priore will spend the first three weeks of his tenure on the road recruiting, but the Penn Sports Network caught up with the head coach just prior to his departure.