Robert Prunty joined the University of Cincinnati football staff in January 2013 as the associate head coach and defensive ends coach.
Prunty, who spent the previous three seasons at Texas Tech University, was named the 2010-11 and 2011-12 Big 12 Conference Recruiter of the Year.
Prunty 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.