James Franklin is one of the toughest tickets in town before he ever coaches a game.
The opening event during the first full week of the Penn State Coaches Caravan — the May 6 lunch at Penn State York – already is sold out. A crowd of about 220 is expected, according to Jeff Nelson, Penn State’s sports information director.
That same evening, the caravan also will hold a reception at the Hershey Lodge.
Following the lead of Bill O’Brien the past two years, Franklin is scheduled to participate in all 17 Coaches Caravan stops and will be joined by other Penn State head coaches through May 22. Franklin and at least one other Penn State head coach will hold a meet-and-great with fans as well as formerly address the crowd and answer questions at each event.
Members of Franklin’s coaching staff also will attend selected events, with announcements in early April.
So far, the May 20 lunch at Williamsport’s Pennsylvania College of Technology also is approaching a sell out with 250 guests. Five of the Coaches Caravan events will be held on Penn State campuses, starting Thursday, May 1 with an evening reception at the new Pegula Ice Arena on main campus. The caravan also will stop at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus (Uniontown)and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
Though no one has been scheduled yet to appear with Franklin at Penn State York, some coaches who will participate on the tour include Char Morett (field hockey), Russ Rose (women’s volleyball), Cael Sanderson (wrestling), Erica Walsh (women’s soccer) and Bob Warming (men’s soccer).
Other caravan stops include: Baltimore’s Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards and Washington, D.C.’s Marriott Wardman Park (May 7); Uniontown and Pittsburgh (May 8); Valley Forge (May 13); Philadelphia and Scranton (May 14); northern New Jersey New York City (May 15); Williamsport and Wilkes-Barre (May 20); East Stroudsburg University and Bethlehem (May 21); and Erie (May 22).
Those interested in registering for events can go to www.alumni.psu.edu/coachescaravan and www.GoPSUsports.com.