Penn State has promoted linebackers coach Brent Pry to defensive coordinator following Bob Shoop’s departure for Tennessee earlier today. Pry’s hiring was announced by Penn State Athletics’ official website.
Pry has been on Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin’s staff for the past five years, at both Penn State and Vanderbilt, and will also have the title of associate head coach in his new role, as he did in years previous.
“Brent has had a dramatic impact on our defense and our team for the last five years and he is very deserving of this opportunity to move into the defensive coordinator position,” Franklin said. “Brent’s promotion will help make this a smooth transition and allow us to continue to build one of the top defenses in the country.”
Pry was instrumental in helping Shoop lead Penn State’s defense to strong finishes over the past two years, with the team finishing 15th in total defense in 2015 and second the year before. In an official statement, he addressed his promotion with gratitude.
“I am very honored and appreciative of the opportunity to be the defensive coordinator at Penn State,” Pry said. “I am excited about the future of this program and this defense. There has been a lot of work put in these first two years by a very loyal group of players, coaches and staff. I’m looking forward to the successes that lie ahead for our football family.”