Penn State Hires Phil Trautwein As Offensive Line Coach

By Craig Fritz on January 3, 2020 at 8:41 pm
Penn State Offensive Line Coach Phil Trautwein
Courtesy of Penn State Athletics

Penn State has hired Phil Trautwein as its offensive line coach just hours after the potential move was reported by Yahoo's Pete Thamel. The school announced the hire three days after former OL coach Matt Limegrover's contract was not renewed.

Under Trautwein's leadership, the Boston College offensive line was one of the best in the ACC, with the entire starting unit named to all-conference teams in 2019. In comparison, Penn State had just one All-Big Ten selection along the offensive line (Steven Gonzalez, second team).

"We are thrilled to welcome Phil and his family to Penn State," (James) Franklin said. "Phil has had success at the highest level as a player, winning two National Championships at Florida and spending four seasons in the NFL. He is a rising star in our profession and has had success in developing tremendous offensive linemen during his time at Boston College with nine players earning All-ACC honors in two seasons. We are excited to bring his knowledge and experiences to Happy Valley."

The 33-year old Trautwein is originally from Voorhees Township, New Jersey, where he starred at Eastern Regional High School. He played offensive tackle at Florida where he was an all-SEC performer in 2006 and 2008 (he missed 2007 with an injury), helping the Gators to two national championships under Urban Meyer. He played parts of three years in the NFL with St. Louis, Cleveland, New Orleans, and San Diego.

Trautwein spent three years with Boston College as a grad assistant before moving to Davidson for two seasons as the tight ends and special teams coach. He returned to Boston College in 2018 as the offensive line coach. 

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