Penn State announced Gerad Parker as its new wide receivers coach on Thursday. Parker fills the void on the staff after James Franklin relieved David Corley of his duties on Jan. 2. Parker comes to Happy Valley following a stint as the receivers coach at Duke.
Prior to that, he was the interim head coach at Purdue following the dismissal of Darrell Hazell, and coached WR/TE for the Boilermakers from 2013 to 2016. He coached wide receivers at Marshall, alongside Nittany Lion running backs coach JaJuan Seider, for two seasons following brief stints at UT Martin and Kentucky. As a player, Parker was a wideout for the Wildcats, totaling 15 catches for 168 yards in his lone season of action.
Parker inherits a wide receiver room coming off an uneven year where his future pupils struggled with drops and creating separation. Under his tutelage, the Blue Devils boasted an impressive passing attack, with six receivers totaling at 20 catches and over 200 yards.
"We are excited to add Gerad to our staff. He has a comprehensive background and knows the Big Ten. He is a terrific fit for our staff, university and community. He has a great opportunity to come in and make a significant impact both on and off the field with a very talented position group! Gerad played wide receiver in the SEC and has shown he is a great teacher of the position, as well. His wide receiver groups have been able to overachieve throughout his coaching career."