Sold-Out ‘Caravan’ Brings Nittany Lion Coaches to Penn College

A sold-out lunch at the Penn College Field House kicked off the second week of the Penn State Coaches Caravan on Tuesday morning. Nittany Lion football coach Bill O’Brien, who is headlining the bus tour on all 12 of its stops, was joined in his local visit by Char Morett, field hockey coach, and Mark Pavlik, coach of the Penn State men’s volleyball team. More than 2,100 Nittany Nation alumni and fans attended last week’s first six stops of the caravan, held in conjunction with the university’s nationally recognized, 31-sport “One Team” academic/athletic program. The event included availability to the media in the Thompson Professional Development Center.

– Photos by Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer

President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien to campus.

President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien to campus.

A standing-room-only crowd attends Coaches Caravan lunch in the college Field House.

A standing-room-only crowd attends Coaches Caravan lunch in the college Field House.

Coach Bill O'Brien fields a question in the Thompson Professional Development Center ...

Coach Bill O’Brien fields a question in the Thompson Professional Development Center …

... joined by coaches Char Morett (field hockey) and Mark Pavlik (men's volleyball).

… joined by coaches Char Morett (field hockey) and Mark Pavlik (men’s volleyball).

The coach signs a football helmet during his walk across campus.

The coach signs a football helmet during his walk across campus.

The blue-and-white faithful were among the guests for Tuesday's meet-and-greet.

The blue-and-white faithful were among the guests for Tuesday’s meet-and-greet.

A proud alumna, who earned her Ph.D. and master's degrees in health education from Penn State, President Gilmour offers opening remarks.

A proud alumna, who earned her Ph.D. and master’s degrees in health education from Penn State, President Gilmour offers opening remarks.

Lenore G. Penfield, director of special events and the Madigan Library gallery, accompanies coaches O'Brien (left) and Pavlik.

Lenore G. Penfield, director of special events and the Madigan Library gallery, accompanies coaches O’Brien (left) and Pavlik.

Coach O'Brien tells members of the crowd that their support is more important than ever.

Coach O’Brien tells members of the crowd that their support is more important than ever.

Coach Morett notes that next year marks the 50th anniversary of women's athletics at Penn State.

Coach Morett notes that next year marks the 50th anniversary of women’s athletics at Penn State.

O'Brien points out that the most successful teams that's been involved with have always worked together.

O’Brien points out that the most successful teams that’s been involved with have always worked together.

Coach Pavlik encourages his audience to attend Penn State athletics and "be loud" so the student-athletes know "they are playing for more than themselves."

Coach Pavlik encourages his audience to attend Penn State athletics and “be loud” so the student-athletes know “they are playing for more than themselves.”

Roger L. Williams, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association (an event co-sponsor with the Nittany Lion Club) introduces the day's guests.

Roger L. Williams, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association (an event co-sponsor with the Nittany Lion Club) introduces the day’s guests.

Bill O'Brien emphasizes that all Penn State student-athletes are "students first."

Bill O’Brien emphasizes that all Penn State student-athletes are “students first.”

A standing ovation for coach O'Brien

A standing ovation for coach O’Brien

Comments – One Comment

Great job to all who made the Caravan a great success. Great pictures, Larry.

Posted by Linda Strous at May 8, 2013 at 8:49 am