Where James Franklin's Former Penn State Assistant Coaches Are Today

By Matthew Filipovits on April 27, 2020 at 9:30 am
Apr 13, 2019; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive coordinator Josh Gattis (right) shakes hands with wide receiver Ronnie Bell (8) after a play during the spring football game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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College football assistant coaches move around a lot in today's game. Guys are always looking for a chance to work their way up the ranks, and Penn State has not been immune to this trend. Let's take a look at where some of James Franklin's former Nittany Lion assistants are heading into the 2020 season.

Former assistant coaches

John Donovan
  • Penn State OC (2014-2015)
  • Currently: Washington offensive coordinator

John Donovan was relieved of his duties after two underwhelming seasons at the helm of Penn State's offense. He spent a few years bouncing between different roles on the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive staff, before being hired by new Washington head coach Jimmy Lake to run the offense.

Bob Shoop
  • Penn State DC (2014-2015)
  • Currently: Michigan safeties coach

After a less than clean split, Shoop returned to the state of Tennessee following the 2015 season to be the Volunteers' defensive coordinator. He would stay in that role for two years before joining former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead at Mississippi State as his defensive coordinator. After Moorhead's firing, Shoop will return to the Big Ten this season and will be solely a position coach for the first time since 2006.

Charles Huff
  • Penn State running backs coach and special teams coordinator (2014-2017)
  • Currently: Alabama associate head coach and running backs coach

Huff followed Moorhead to Starkville for the 2018 season, before being hired away by Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. He'll enter the 2020 season with yet another loaded running back room in Tuscaloosa.

Josh Gattis
  • Penn State wide receivers coach (2014-2017)
  • Currently: Michigan offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach

Gattis made him a name for himself as a top-tier position coach and elite recruiter, leading Alabama to come calling after the 2017 season. He served as the Tide's co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2018, guiding Jerry Jeudy to a Biletnikoff Award win. He then went to Ann Arbor to take full control of his own offense, which took a bit of time to find it's footing.

Herb Hand
  • Penn State offensive line coach (2014-2015)
  • Currently: Texas offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator

Hand joined his longtime friend Gus Malzahn at Auburn following his time in State College, where he spent two years as the Tigers' offensive line coach in 2016-2017. Hand then made the move to the Big 12, where he is heading into his third year on the Longhorn's staff.

Ricky Rahne
  • Penn State quarterbacks coach (2014-2015, 2018-2019), tight ends coach (2016-2017), offensive coordinator (2018-2019)
  • Currently: Old Dominion head coach

Ricky Rahne was James Franklin's protégé in every sense of the word, spending nearly a decade on his staff back to their days at Vanderbilt. The 39-year-old left for his first head coaching job with Old Dominion following the 2019 season, taking a handful of graduate assistants and lower-level staffers with him.

Sean Spencer
  • Penn State defensive line coach (2014-2019)
  • Currently: New York Giants defensive line coach

Coach Chaos surprised a lot of people this offseason when he opted to leave Happy Valley for the New York Giants. One of Penn State's most dynamic personalities, the 49-year-old will look to build the Giants back into an NFL contender.

Joe Moorhead
  • Penn State offensive coordinator (2016-2017)
  • Currently: Oregon offensive coordinator

Coach Tuddies became a cult icon during his two seasons in Happy Valley, revamping the Penn State offense and bringing it into the 21st Century. Mississippi State came calling for its head coaching position after the 2017 season. After a promising start to his SEC career in 2017, he was fired after a disappointing second. The Oregon Ducks quickly brought him on to run their offense as they look to make another playoff push.

Phil Galiano
  • Penn State special teams coordinator (2018)
  • Currently: New Orleans Saints assistant special teams coach

Phil Galiano had a rough go as Penn State's special team's coordinator in 2018 but still found a way to climb up the coaching rankings. He's heading into his second season on Sean Payton's staff in New Orleans.

Gerard Parker
  • Penn State wide receivers coach (2019)
  • Currently: West Virginia offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach

Parker was only in Happy Valley for a year where he was tasked with getting the wide receivers back on track. While the group definitely got better, they're yet to return to where they were under Gattis. Parker now has his first coordinator gig, calling plays in his home state for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

David Corley
  • Penn State wide receivers coach (2018)
  • Currently: Houston Texans intern

Corley was brought on initially to replace Charles Huff as Penn State's running backs coach. However, when Ja'Juan Seider became available, Corley moved over to receivers spot vacated by Josh Gattis' departure. After a disappointing 2018 campaign, Corley was let go, and spent last year as an intern on Bill O'Brien's staff with the Texans.

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