Just about one week after losing safeties coach Tim Banks to Tennessee as the Volunteers new defensive coordinator, Penn State appears to have found his replacement. According to multiple reports, James Franklin is set to hire current Purdue co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Anthony Poindexter. Yahoo's Pete Thamel was the first to report the hiring.
Sources: Purdue co-defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter is expected to leave for the open defensive assistant position at Penn State.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) February 22, 2021
Pointdexter, who has been on Jeff Brohm's Purdue staff since 2017, has one of the more impressive resumes you will see among position coaches. That dates all of the way back to his playing days at the University of Virginia. As a safety for the Cavaliers, he was named a consensus All-American in 1998 and the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year. Poindexter tore his ACL that season, which dropped him from a likely first round draft pick to a seventh rounder by the Baltimore Ravens. His collegiate play remains legendary, however. His jersey has been retired by Virginia, and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2020.
After his playing days ended in 2001, he returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant in 2003. He would go on to coach running backs, special teams, defensive backs, and then specifically safeties in Charlottesville over an 11-year stint. He remained on the UVA staff until joining the UConn as the Huskies' defensive coordinator in 2014. Brohm brought him to West Lafayette in 2017 to coach safeties.
Poindexter, a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, figures to increase the Nittany Lions' recruiting presence in a talent-rich region, while relying on his experiences as a player to develop a talented but unproven group of safeties currently on the roster.
Welcome to Happy Valley, Coach Poindexter!