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Penn State Football Coach Profile: Brent Pry

Today’s VBR Penn State coach profile takes a look at Brent Pry. Like many of his fellow coaches, he spent time with head coach James Franklin at Vanderbilt before heading to Happy Valley. At Penn State, Pry will be busy will several roles. Officially, he’s listed as an assistant head coach, the co-defensive coordinator and the linebackers coach. He brings 21 years of coaching experience to the Nittany Lions.

Pry held the exact three titles last season at Vanderbilt. He joined the Commodores’ coaching staff in 2011 as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The assistant head coach title was added to his resume for the 2013 season. While at Vanderbilt, Pry was part of a defensive coaching staff that helped the Commodores form one of the best defenses in the conference.

Before joining Vanderbilt, Pry coached at Georgia Southern in 2010 as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as the defensive line coach at Memphis. All of his experience has been on the defensive side of the ball, including coaching the defensive line at Virginia Tech for three seasons.

A native of Altoona, PA, Pry now gets a chance to coach at perhaps the most popular school in his home state and carry on the tradition of producing great linebackers. He inherits a crop of linebackers that is experienced but thin. Senior Mike Hull is the likely leader of the group.

Pry graduated from the University of Buffalo where he played defensive back and earned a degree in history.

Coaching Experience

2013 – Vanderbilt (assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator/linebackers)
2011-12 – Vanderbilt (co-defensive coordinator/linebackers)
2010 – Georgia Southern (defensive coordinator and safeties)
2007-09 – Memphis (defensive line)
2004-06 – Louisiana-Lafayette (assistant head coach, defensive coordinators and linebackers)
2002-03 – Louisiana-Lafayette (defensive coordinator and linebackers)
2000-01 – Western Carolina (defensive backs and special teams)
1998-99 – Western Carolina (defensive line)
1995-98 – Virginia Tech (graduate assistant, defensive line)
1993-94 – East Stroudsburg University (outside linebackers and defensive backs)

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