Robert Prunty

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Robert Prunty
Sport(s) American football
Current position
Title Associate Head Coach/ Defensive Coordinator Defensive Line coach
Team Cincinnati
Conference American Athletic Conference
Biographical details
Born Chatham, Virginia
Alma mater Alabama A&M
Hargrave Military Academy
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993-2001 Gretna High School
2002-2009 Hargrave Military Academy
2010-2012 Texas Tech (OLB/DEs)
2013 Cincinnati (AHC/DE)
2014-2016 Cincinnati (AHC/Co-DC/DL)
2017- East Carolina (DL)
Accomplishments and honors
2011 Midlands Recruiter of Year[1]
2012 Midlands Recruiter of Year[1]
2012 Big 12 Recruiter of the Year[2]

Robert Prunty (born in Chatham, Virginia)[3] is an American football coach. He is currently the defensive line coach for East Carolina.


Prunty was the head football coach for Gretna High School in Gretna, Virginia for several years. During his tenure, he led the program from suffering 44 consecutive losses from 1991 to 1995, to an 11-1 season in 2001. After his departure from Gretna, the program went on to win four state championships from 2003 to 2008.[3]

From Gretna, Prunty accepted a position as head football coach of Hargrave Military Academy. He was known for producing players that would go on to the NFL. Twenty-seven of Prunty's players moved up to the NFL, included two first-round draft picks; Peria Jerry and Branden Albert[4] Branden Albert would go on to credit Hargrave for his success.[4]

Prunty held the position at Hargrave until the end of the 2009 season, accepting the position of defensive ends and outside linebackers coach for Texas Tech under head coach Tommy Tuberville. Hargrave Director of Communications, William Wiebking, expressed surprise at Prunty's departure, stating "We lost a good guy. They just came and plucked him away. We're all stunned.".[5]

In 2011, following the highest ranked recruiting class in Texas Tech history, Prunty earned recognition from as the Midlands Recruiter of the Year.[1] Another highly ranked class was produced following the 5-7 2011 Texas Tech Red Raiders football season. Prunty's recruiting again earned him national recognition as the 2012 Midlands Recruiter of the Year, as well as the 2011-12 Big 12 Recruiter of the Year.[2]


Following head coach Tommy Tuberville's departure to Cincinnati, Prunty remained a member of the Texas Tech staff through the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Following the game, it was announced on January 4, 2013 that Prunty would be following Tuberville to Cincinnati to accept the position of associate head coach and defensive ends coach.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Powers, Greg. "FOXSportsNext: Midlands Recruiter of Year". Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Scout/FOXSportsNext Recruiter of the Year". Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Player Bio: Robert Prunty". Texas Tech University. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Virginia prep school has been training ground for six first-round NFL draft picks". Dallas Morning News. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Williams, Don. "Prunty joins Red Raiders as defensive assistant". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Adelson, Andrea. "Cincinnati announces staff additions". ESPN. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 

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