In surprise, Bagnoli to become 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 was in 1961.

Bagnoli will be introduced as Columbia’s new head coach on Tuesday, according
to news reports. It comes as a surprise after the 62-year-old retired from
coaching following Penn’s 2014 campaign.

Columbia has lost 21 straight games since 2012. Pete Mangurian compiled a 3-27
record over the last three seasons, fired in December amid player claims of
abuse in the program.

The hiring of Bagnoli would bring 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.

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