Penn State tight ends coach Tyler Bowen is leaving Happy Valley to take the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars, per 247Sports' Sean Fitz.
Penn State assistant Tyler Bowen is leaving Happy Valley for a job coaching the tight ends on Urban Meyer’s Jacksonville Jaguars staff, per sources. https://t.co/Wfh8pwF7La @247Sports @247 pic.twitter.com/fjpzwVXkxs— Sean Fitz (@seanfitz247) February 2, 2021
Bowen, who has a long history with James Franklin, first joined the Penn State staff with a one-year stint as a graduate assistant in 2014. He returned in 2017 as the program's tight ends coach, helping Pat Freiermuth rewrite the record books during his tenure. He was promoted to co-offensive coordinator this past season, following his record-setting performance as Penn State's play-caller during the 2019 Cotton Bowl.
One of the staff's best recruiters, Bowen helped the Nittany Lions dominate the DMV area during his tenure, bringing in big names like Rasheed Walker and Landon Tengwall. He also reeled in more than a few blue-chip tight ends, leaving whoever gets this job next with a talented room to work with. Bowen had been serving as the program's offensive recruiting coordinator.
Bowen is the second member of Penn State's offensive staff to leave the program this offseason, though under far different circumstances. Former offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca was relieved of his duties last month in favor of new coordinator Mike Yurcich.
Bowen has long been seen as a rising star in the coaching world and getting some NFL experience will only diversify his resume and continue to help him build towards a coordinator position in the future.
A nationwide search is expected to get underway immediately.