Jim Pry, recently of the University of Illinois, has been chosen to be the offensive coordinator for the Big Green in 2010.
Pry has been a college coach for 33 years, and for the past four seasons, Pry was an assistant coach for Ron Zook at Illinois, 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 while 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 with the team as well.
Pry spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Akron, 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, that 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 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, and four years at VMI. 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 1 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, 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, then earned his master’s degree from the school in the same field in 1975.
Pry and his wife, Kathy, have three adult sons, Brent — the newly appointed defensive coordinator at Georgia Southern — Nathan and Jon.
“One of the things that interests me at Dartmouth is the challenge to help turn the fortunes around for the program,” Pry stated. “I can’t wait to get on campus to learn about our personnel and the offense, and figure out what I can implement from my experiences to help Dartmouth succeed.”
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