Just days after Tyler Bowen left Penn State to take a job with Urban Meyer and the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, James Franklin has named his replacement. The head coach announced former Nittany Lion offensive lineman Ty Howle as the program's new tight ends coach.
Howle, who played for Penn State from 2009-2013, and was a team captain in 2013, returned to Happy Valley in 2020 as an offensive analyst. Prior to that, he coached in numerous roles with Western Illinois, under former Penn State quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher, who was then WIU's head coach. He started with the offensive line in 2016, before adding recruiting coordinator, and co-offensive coordinator to his title in the 2017 season. Before joining Fisher's staff, Howle served as a graduate assistant with North Carolina State in 2014-2015.
As a player, Howle appeared in over 40 games, starting in 13, for the Nittany Lions at both guard and center. He was named the team's top senior offensive lineman in 2013.
Franklin also added associate head coach to cornerbacks coach Terry Smith's job title, as well as offensive recruiting coordinator to wide receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield's. Bowen had held the offensive recruiting coordinator title since 2018.