Al Bagnoli

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Al Bagnoli
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Columbia
Conference Ivy
Record 5–15
Biographical details
Born (1953-01-20) January 20, 1953 (age 64)
Playing career
1972–1974 Central Connecticut
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1975 Albany (GA)
1976–1977 Albany (DC)
1978–1981 Union (NY) (DC)
1982–1991 Union (NY)
1992–2014 Penn
2015–present Columbia
Head coaching record
Overall 239–114
Tournaments 7–6 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
9 Ivy (1993–1994, 1998, 2000, 2002–2003, 2009–2010, 2012)

Eldo P. "Al" Bagnoli[1] (born January 20, 1953) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Columbia University, a position he assumed in 2015. Bagnoli served as a head football coach at Union College in Schenectady, New York from 1982 to 1991 and at the University of Pennsylvania from 1992 to 2014.

Playing and coaching careers[edit]

Bagnoli played three years of varsity football at Central Connecticut State University, graduating in 1975. He went on to pursue a master's degree at the University at Albany and worked there the 1975 season as a graduate assistant. He was promoted up to defensive coordinator after just one season and stayed in that role until moving to NCAA Division III Union College in 1978. In 1982, he became head coach for the first time at Union.

His first year at Union was the program's first winning season in a dozen years and he posted a winning record every single year during his decade at the school. In 1983 and 1989, Bagnoli and Union reached the NCAA Division III title game and he won Coach of the Year honors twice, in 1983 and 1991.

In 1992, he was hired by the University of Pennsylvania and is arguably the most successful coach in that school's history. In 23 seasons at Penn he won nine Ivy League titles, all of them outright, an Ivy League record. In 1993, 1994, 2003, and 2009 Penn had undefeated seasons. His overall record at Penn is 148–80. He is one of only two coaches at Penn to have 100 wins at that school. His Ivy League record at Penn was 112–49.

The only black mark on his record occurred in 1997 when all-Ivy defensive tackle Mitch Marrow was involved in an eligibility scandal. A four-university panel eventually determined that Marrow was not enrolled as a full-time student due to dropping several courses and should not have been considered eligible to play. As a result, Penn offered to forfeit all wins in games in which he appeared. This led to a 1–9 record; the on-field record in 1997 had been 6–4.[2]

Two Penn football players have committed suicide during Bagnoli's tenure: senior running back Kyle Ambrogi during the 2005 season, and junior defensive end Owen Thomas in the spring of 2009.[3][4] The death of Thomas has been attributed to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the disease linked to concussions.[5]

Bagnoli is the only NCAA football coach with 200 or more career wins who has never been involved in a tie game as a head coach; Larry Wilcox, who has spent his entire coaching career in the NAIA, also has this distinction. An NCAA rule change in 1996, which was also adopted by the NAIA, eliminated the possibility of ties.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Union Dutchmen () (1982–1991)
1982 Union 8–1
1983 Union 10–2 L NCAA Division III Championship
1984 Union 9–2 L NCAA Division III Semifinal
1985 Union 9–1 L NCAA Division III First Round
1986 Union 9–1 L NCAA Division III First Round
1987 Union 5–5
1988 Union 4–4
1989 Union 13–1 L NCAA Division III Championship
1990 Union 9–1
1991 Union 10–1 L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
Union: 86–19
Penn Quakers (Ivy League) (1992–2014)
1992 Penn 7–3 5–2 3rd
1993 Penn 10–0 7–0 1st
1994 Penn 9–0 7–0 1st
1995 Penn 7–3 5–2 T–2nd
1996 Penn 5–5 3–4 5th
1997 Penn 1–9 0–7 8th
1998 Penn 8–2 6–1 1st
1999 Penn 5–5 4–3 4th
2000 Penn 7–3 6–1 1st
2001 Penn 8–1 6–1 2nd
2002 Penn 9–1 7–0 1st
2003 Penn 10–0 7–0 1st
2004 Penn 8–2 6–1 2nd
2005 Penn 5–5 3–4 6th
2006 Penn 5–5 3–4 T–4th
2007 Penn 4–6 3–4 T–4th
2008 Penn 6–4 5–2 3rd
2009 Penn 8–2 7–0 1st
2010 Penn 9–1 7–0 1st
2011 Penn 5–5 4–3 T–2nd
2012 Penn 6–4 6–1 1st
2013 Penn 4–6 3–4 T–4th
2014 Penn 2–8 2–5 6th
Penn: 148–80 112–49
Columbia Lions (Ivy League) (2015–present)
2015 Columbia 2–8 1–6 T–7th
2016 Columbia 3–7 2–5 T–6th
Columbia: 5–15 3–11
Total: 239–114
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

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