Former Penn State Quarterback Michael Shuster Joining Ricky Rahne at Old Dominion As a Graduate Assistant

By Matthew Filipovits on June 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Apr 21, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Michael Shuster (15) runs with the ball during the second quarter of the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Penn State walk-on quarterback Michael Shuster is joining the coaching ranks, accepting a graduate assistant position with Ricky Rahne's staff at Old Dominion.

Rahne was Shuster's position coach for two years, working closely with the Camp Hill native on a daily basis. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, he appeared in two games in his Penn State career, getting run at the end of the Georgia State and Idaho games.

He was Mr. PA Small School Football for Class A/AA after throwing for 2,683 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior. He finished his high school career with 9,717 passing yards and 108 touchdowns, which both rank fourth all-time in state history.

Shuster's grandfather Dick Hoak played football for the Nittany Lions from 1956-60, going on to play 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He then served as the Steelers running back coach from 1972-2007, helping lead them to five Super Bowls. 

Shuster joins a long list of Nittany Lion lettermen to join the coaching ranks this offseason, with Deion Barnes and Wendy Laurent currently on Penn State coaching staff as GAs, while former quarterback Billy Fessler is a GA on Ohio State's staff.