In surprise, Bagnoli named Columbia football coach

New York, NY ( – During his 23 seasons guiding Penn’s
football program, no head coach won more Ivy League championships than Al

He will now try to lift a Columbia program whose only Ivy title occurred in

Bagnoli was named Columbia’s new head coach Monday, coming as a surprise after
the 62-year-old retired from coaching following Penn’s 2014 campaign.

“It is with great appreciation and excitement that I begin a new chapter in my
coaching life at Columbia,” Bagnoli said. “I am very grateful to have been
chosen to represent one of our nation’s premier academic institutions that is
also committed to excellence in athletics. I eagerly await the opportunity to
work alongside a talented group of student-athletes, a passionate alumni base
and a dedicated university administration.”

Columbia has historically had one of the worst programs in Division I and the
Lions have lost 21 straight games since 2012. Pete Mangurian compiled a 3-27
record as head coach over the last three seasons, but he was fired in December
amid player claims of abuse within the program.

The hiring of Bagnoli brings a renewed sense of optimism to the Lions’ program.
He posted a 148-80 record with nine Ivy League titles at Penn, although his
final two teams slumped to a combined 6-14 mark. He has a 234-99 overall
record, including 86-19 in 10 seasons at Division III Union.

Bagnoli’s 112 wins in Ivy games are the second-most in league history behind
former Yale coach Carm Cozza.

Bagnoli will be introduced at a news conference on campus Tuesday.

Columbia will host Penn on Oct. 17. Bagnoli’s long-time assistant coach, Ray
Priore, succeeded him as head coach.