Robert Prunty joined the University of Cincinnati football staff in January 2013 as the associate head coach and defensive ends coach. He added the responsibility of co-defensive coordinator following the 2013 campaign.
The 2015 UC squad finished 7-6, played in the Hawai‘i Bowl and featured Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference DE Silverberry Mouhon, LB Eric Wilson and honorable mention honoreer S Zach Edwards.
UC finished out its 2014 campaign with a 9-4 record, an American Athletic Conference Championship and a matchup against Virginia Tech in the 2014 Military Bowl. Cincinnati rebounded from a 2-3 start and finished the regular season 9-3 on a seven-game winning streak with a share of the conference crown. DE Terrell Hartsfield and LB Jeff Luc (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast/Florida State) were named first-team all-league honorees and LB Nick Temple was an honorable mention selection.
The 2013 Bearcats’ defense was one of the best in the country, ranking in the top 10 nationally in both rushing defense (6th, 104.5 ypg) and total defense (9th, 315.6 ypg). Cincinnati was also among the top 30 in 10 of the 11 primary defensive categories tracked in the national stats, including 14th in scoring defense (21.0 ppg). DT Jordan Stepp earned First-Team All-American Athletic Conference honors in the inaugural season of the league while DE Silverberry Mouhon was a second-team selection.
In addition, Prunty has been recognized as a top recruiter in four consecutive years, earning conference recruiter of the year honors from Scout.com at Texas Tech (2010-11, 2011-12) and Cincinnati (2012-13, 2013-14).
Prunty came to UC after three seasons at Texas Tech University, In Lubbock, he was part of a strong defensive turnaround in 2012 as the Red Raiders finished the regular season ranked No. 39 in the NCAA FBS in total defense after finishing No. 114 in 2011.
Kerry Hyder was a Second-Team All-Big 12 selection, finishing third on the squad with 56 tackles and a team-leading 14.0 tackles for a loss and six sacks. He tallied 10.5 of those TFLs during Big 12 play, leading the conference.
Prunty, who joined the Red Raiders in 2010 from Hargrave Military Academy, put his mark on the Red Raider football program almost immediately. Prunty was an integral part in signing the highest rated football recruiting class in school history in 2011. For his efforts, he was named the 2010-11 Big 12 Recruiter of the Year by both Rivals and Scout.
His recruiting skills again paid off for the Red Raiders in 2012 as Texas Tech landed its second-highest rated class in school history. And yet again, Prunty was named the Big 12 Recruiter of the Year by Scout.com and Fox Sports.
Prunty’s football knowledge and the ability to recruit were the reasons he was brought on board to help Tommy Tuberville install and championship level football program. Since 2002, Prunty served as the head football coach at Hargrave Military Academy where 27 of his players went on to the National Football League (NFL). Since 1999, the academy has been responsible for six first-round draft choices including two first-round players coached by Prunty. The academy has also produced two players faced by Texas Tech in bowl games: Virginia offensive tackle Branden Albert and Mississippi defensive tackle Peria Jerry. Albert and Perrywere first-round picks by Kansas City and Atlanta, respectively.
Prior to his tenure at Hargrave, Prunty led a resurgence at Gretna High School in Gretna, Va., as he redirected a program that lost 44 consecutive games between 1991-1995 and went 11-1 in his final season there in 2001. Gretna went on to become a powerhouse, winning multiple state championships.
Prunty is a Chatham, Va., native and a 1983 Hargrave Military Academy graduate. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social work from Alabama A&M in 1988.
Coach Prunty and his wife Kimberly have a son, Robert Prunty Jr., and a daughter Gabrielle.
PERSONAL INFORMATION Born: Dec. 23, 1964 Hometown: Chatham, Va. Wife: Kimberly Children: Robert Jr., Gabrielle Education: Alabama A&M (1988, B.S.)
PLAYING CAREER 1983-84: Hampton University 1985-88: Alabama A&M University
COACHING CAREER Year: School - Position 1993-2001: Gretna HS - Head Coach 2002-09: Hargrave Military Academy - Head Coach 2010-12: Texas Tech - Defensive Ends 2013: Cincinnati - Associate Head Coach/DE 2014-: Cincinnati - Co-Defensive Coord./Assoc. HC/DE
BOWLS COACHED IN Year: School - Bowl 2010: Texas Tech - TicketCity 2012: Texas Tech - Meineke Car Care of Texas 2013: Cincinnati - Belk 2014: Cincinnati - Military 2015: Cincinnati - Hawai‘i