PSU football staff assembling
Red tape usually gets in the way of finding out information, but it actually helped with regards to Penn State fans trying to find out which assistant coaches will be on James Franklin’s staff.
Franklin hasn’t announced any hires yet, but Penn State’s official online directory of students and faculty already has names listed for seven assistant coaches who are following the coach from Vanderbilt. Those seven coaches, and the positions they held with the Commodores, are:
John Donovan, offensive coordinator: Also worked with Franklin at Maryland and spent time at Georgia Tech and Villanova; was a three-year starter at defensive back at Johns Hopkins
Bob Shoop, defensive coordinator: Was defensive coordinator at William & Mary prior to going to Vanderbilt; also worked at UMass, Columbia, Boston College, Army, Villanova, Yale, Northeastern and Virginia; played receiver at Yale
Ricky Rahne, quarterbacks: Was a record-setting quarterback at Cornell; coached at Kansas State, Cornell and Holy Cross before going to Vanderbilt
Brent Pry, linebackers: His family hails from Altoona, and father Jim has been a college coach for more than 30 years; was an assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator under Franklin at Vanderbilt; he turned down a chance to become head coach at Georgia Southern a couple of weeks ago; also has coached at Georgia Southern, Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette, Western Carolina, Virginia Tech and East Stroudsburg
Sean Spencer, defensive line: Also has coached at Bowling Green, UMass, Hofstra, Villanova, Holy Cross, Trinity and Shippensburg; was a three-year starter at safety for Clarion
Josh Gattis, receivers: Played safety at Wake Forest and was a fifth-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007; played for the Chicago Bears in 2007 and appeared in four games, making one tackle; also has coached at Western Michigan and North Carolina
Dwight Galt, strength and conditioning: Was Maryland’s strength coach for 17 years beginning in 1993 before going to Vanderbilt; has coached nearly 40 players who went on to the NFL
All of the coaches are expected to fill those same roles at Penn State. At one point Wednesday, Rahne and Galt listed their new jobs in their Twitter bio, but they were later removed.
The new offensive line, running backs and defensive backs coaches have yet to be revealed.
Elsewhere, Larry Johnson not only will be Ohio State’s new defensive line coach, he also has been named an assistant head coach for the Buckeyes. Johnson spent 18 years at Penn State but decided not to accept an offer from James Franklin to remain on the staff.
Former PSU linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden spoke to Rutgers coach Kyle Flood about the possibility of becoming defensive coordinator, The Newark Star-Ledger reported. The job is expected to go to Robb Smith, a former Rutgers defensive coordinator who coached with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past season.