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Jim Pry
Position: Offensive Coordinator
Hometown: Altoona, Pa.
Alma Mater: Marshall
Graduating Year: 1974
Major: Physical Education
Experience: 1st Year
Jim Pry Bio
Release: 04/01/2012

After orchestrating one of the nation’s top offensive units at both Dartmouth and Illinois, Jim Pry enters into his second season producing the same type of results as offensive coordinator with Bethune-Cookman University. Also working directly with the quarterbacks, Pry is known for turning in high-powered offensive schemes and units since his arrival in college football. With over 35 years of coaching experience, Pry is a veteran coach with a new-age style under head coach Brian Jenkins.

In just his first year with the Wildcats, running back Isidore Jackson became just the seventh player in school history to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing in a single season. It was the first time the feat had been accomplished by a running back since Steve Wallace in 1997 and the first overall since quarterback Allen Suber in 2002. Jackson also finished the campaign second in the league for rushing yards, marking the highest finish for a Wildcat running back in league standings in more than 10 years.

Under the eye of Pry, the Wildcats were not only the MEAC’s top offensive team, they were the league’s top scoring team as well, averaging 29.4 points per game. That allowed them to rank in the top 40 nationally as well. Additionally, the Cats were the only team in the conference to average at least 225 yards rushing and 140 yards passing per game. They were one of just five teams nationally to accomplish the feat as well.

In the rushing category, B-CU led the league and finished 10th nationally with an average of 244.42 yards per game, and accumulating 28 rushing touchdowns on 2,933 yards total for the season.

In 2010, Pry served as offensive coordinator at Dartmouth, helping the Big Green offense rank 44th nationally in rushing with an average of 165.70 yards per game, as well as 47th in scoring by pacing 26.40 points per game. While at Dartmouth, Pry’s offensive strategy guided running back Nick Schwieger to lead the Ivy League in rushing and finish sixth in the final NCAA FCS rankings, averaging 125.89 yards per game.

Prior to his arrival at Dartmouth College, he spent four seasons at the University of Illinois, where he was an assistant coach under Ron Zook, coaching the receivers and the slots. Under his tutelage, Regis Benn garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Year and second team Freshman All-America honors before being named a fourth team All-American by Phil Steele Magazine, ranking among the top 20 nationally in receiving yards per game as a sophomore. The Illini participated in the Rose Bowl in Pry’s second season against the University of Southern California, using the quarterback exploits of Isiah John “Juice” Williams. In 2008, Williams was voted Second Team All-Big Ten, in addition to leading the league in passing and total offense. Currently, he ranks third on the Big Ten career rushing yardage list for quarterbacks.

Pry spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Akron (2004-05), helping the school to a MAC Championship and a spot in the Motor City Bowl. He had one quarterback, Charlie Frye, drafted in the third round by the Cleveland Browns after finishing his career 11th on the NCAA total offense chart and 16th for career passing, and another, Luke Getsy, who ranked 22nd in the NCAA FBS in total offense and 14th in passing offense. In 2005, Pry orchestrated the Zips offense to a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher, and 1,000-yard receiver, making Akron just the 31st team in NCAA FBS history to possess three players with those statistical milestones.

Before taking the job at Akron, Pry served as the quarterbacks coach for one season (2001) at Duke before being promoted to the offensive coordinator position for the 2002 and ’03 seasons. In his final season with the Blue Devils, Chris Douglas earned first team All-ACC honors after becoming just the fourth back in Duke history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

Other stops for Pry as an offensive coordinator include 11 seasons (1980-90) at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, one season at the University of Buffalo (1989), and four years at VMI (1984-88). His East Stroudsburg offense averaged at least 25 points per game in 10 of his 11 seasons and led the NCAA Division II in total offense and passing offense in 1996. With his 1991 high-octane offense, the Warriors earned a place in the Division II playoffs.

In his first season with the Keydets, VMI set 13 school offensive records and one NCAA record. All told in his four seasons in Lexington, Va., VMI set 27 school offensive records.

Pry joined the West Liberty State program in 1981 as the offensive coordinator while specifically coaching the quarterbacks and receivers, and then was promoted to assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the next three years. Before serving as the Lewis County High School head coach for four years (1977-80), Pry was the offensive and defensive coordinator at West Virginia Tech for two years.

A native of Altoona, Pa., Pry got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Marshall University, as a graduate assistant from 1973-74. Pry graduated from Marshall with a degree in Physical Education in 1974, going on to earn his Master’s Degree from the school in the same field in 1975.

Pry and his wife, Kathy, have three adult sons, Nathan, Jon and Brent. Brent is currently entering his third season as an assistant football coach at Vanderbilt University, serving as defensive coordinator for the Commodores.

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