It's been an offseason full of change for the Penn State coaching staff, with a handful of longtime assistants walking out the door. Not only will there be a lot of new faces on the sideline this fall, but some returning staffers will also take on new responsibilities.
With John Scott Jr. officially on board, it looks like the 2020 coaching staff is finally locked in. Let's take a look at who will be on staff for James Franklin's seventh season in Happy Valley.
- James Franklin - Head Coach
- Kirk Ciarrocca - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
- Brent Pry - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
- Joe Lorig - Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers*
- Tim Banks - Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
- Tyler Bowen - Co-Offensive Coordinator*/Offensive Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends
- John Scott Jr. - Defensive Line
- Ja'Juan Seider - Run Game Coordinator*/Running Backs
- Terry Smith - Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Recruiting Coordinator/Cornerbacks
- Taylor Stubblefield - Wide Receivers
- Phil Trautwein - Offensive Line
* denotes a new title
The biggest change here has to be Tyler Bowen's promotion to Co-Offensive Coordinator. The 30-year-old served as the interim offensive coordinator in the Cotton Bowl, setting a new program record for points and rushing yards in a bowl game in the process. He's a rising star in the coaching world so this promotion should help keep him happy for a bit longer.
Joe Lorig adding outside linebackers coach to his title is a bit interesting, as Penn State hasn't had a position coach specifically for outside linebackers in quite some time. Linebackers have usually learned all three positions in Brent Pry's defense, so this could mean a shift in that philosophy is coming. This will be the fourth time Lorig has coached linebackers and the second time he's specifically been in charge of outside linebackers.
Ja'Juan Seider will take over Sean Spencer's run game coordinator responsibilities, giving him a bit more say in how the LawnBoyz are used. Like Bowen, Seider is a guy a lot of head coaches would love to have on their staff so it's important that James Franklin keeps finding ways to take advantage of his talents.