In the sports world, the coronavirus has taken away many opportunities from Penn athletes, but it has also opened the door for athletes to step up and contribute to their teams in new ways.
As Penn athletes continue to wait to see when they will be able to suit up for the Red and Blue again in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, four former Quakers are making their mark in the NFL.
Women have been present at the University since the late 1800s, but the first mention of a formalized association of women’s athletics at Penn is found in the 1917 women’s yearbook.
Al Bagnoli was named head coach in 1992 and didn't take long to establish himself as the most successful coach in the history of Penn football.
Class of 2004 graduate Kevin Stefanski made his professional head coaching debut for Cleveland Browns last Sunday.
Penn football regained the Ivy League title in 1988, its fifth in the previous six years and first after missing out in the 1987 season.
As the fall semester begins, Penn men’s basketball finds itself scattered across the country, trying to piece together preparation for an uncertain season.
For the first time since 1904, the Quakers accomplished a perfect season, en route to their fifth straight Ivy League championship.
Training together is impossible with the team divided, but a few of Penn's men's cross country runners are traveling way outside the box and using this time to get a leg up on the competition.
Men's soccer coach Brian Gill is providing leadership to his team during this trying time, as he does all he can to unify a team spread out across the country.
In coach Jerry Berndt fifth year, the Quakers finished the 1985 season with a 7-2-1 record — including a 6-1 Ivy League slate — repeating as back-to-back outright championships.
Right in the middle of Penn football's hot streak was the 1984 season, where the Quakers went 8-1 overall and 7-0 in Ivy League play.
So close, yet so far. For the second straight season, Penn football was on top of the Ivy League, once again sharing the title with Harvard.
Boasting a strong senior class headlined by center Matt Hermann, wideout Billy Murphy, and quarterback Eddie Jenkins, the Red and Blue finished third in last season's CSFL standings.
Under coach Bob Seddon, the star-studded roster boasted talent from the most experienced veterans to the greenest rookies.
Williams outlined a number of concrete actions for Penn Athletics to undertake in an effort become an “anti-racist organization."
According to Penn Athletics’ statement from Athletics Director M. Grace Calhoun, approximately 30 Black athletes from Penn met with the athletics administration to construct a concrete plan to move forward.
In July, the Ivy League canceled all athletics until at least Jan. 1, putting the status of the basketball season up in the air and leaving athletes scrambling for answers.
For the first time in Penn history, the process of getting to know their new coaches and teammates would have to be done completely off the field, if it could be done at all.
More than a century ago, while Philadelphia was facing a similar situation as the city is today, Franklin Field still had football.