George Penree enters his fourth season as Defensive Coordinator and Associate Head Coach for the Saints in 2017.
In his first season with the Saints, Penree coached a defense that recorded its first shutout in program history and had another game where it held an opponent to zero yards rushing. Penree coached four First Team All-UMAC choices as the Saints finished in the top 25 in the country in total defense.
In 2015, Penree coached a D3football.com Honorable Mention All-American performer in linebacker Alex Mangan. Penree’s defense ranked ninth in the nation forcing 32 turnovers.
Penree came over from Utica College (N.Y.) where his duties included Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Line Coach, Tight Ends Coach and Recruiting Coordinator from the 2008 season through the 2013 season. While at Utica, he was twice nominated for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Other stops, previous to Utica, including a year at Waldorf College (Iowa) and three seasons at Heidelberg College (Ohio), where he coached with Ramler.
Penree, a Utica native, earned his degree in Communication/Journalism from St. John’s Fisher College (N.Y.) in 2003 and earned his Master’s in Education from Heidelberg in 2006.
During his playing days, Penree was a four-year member of the St. John’s Fisher offensive line and served on the Leadership Council his junior and senior seasons.
Penree is married to his wife, Sherry and have a daughter Lola.