Co-Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach Anthony Poindexter Staying with Penn State

By Nick Polak on December 8, 2021 at 2:57 pm
Co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Anthony Poindexter will remain at Penn State in 2022 after talks to become the next head coach at Virginia broke down.
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After reports that he was a top candidate for the open head coach job with Virginia, his alma mater, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Anthony Poindexter will instead reportedly be staying in Happy Valley.

Poindexter joined James Franklin's staff ahead of the 2021 season and coached the unit that was perhaps the strongest on the entire team between the All-American performance of Jaquan Brisker and the incredibly impressive debut of fellow Lackawanna product Ji'Ayir Brown in his first full season as a starter. Also of note was the steady play from Keaton Ellis in his first year at the position and the emergence of true freshman Jaylen Reed who was on the field for some very impactful snaps by season's end. He also aided former defensive coordinator Brent Pry as the co-defensive coordinator for what was one of the country's best defenses.

Prior to arriving in Happy Valley, Poindexter had held the same two positions with Purdue from the 2017-2020 seasons and served as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach for UConn from 2014-2016. Previous to those stints, the Cavalier legend spent the 2003-2013 seasons in Charlottesville where he started as a graduate assistant and held the position of running backs coach, assistant special teams coach, defensive backs coach, special teams coach, and safeties coach at various points over his eleven seasons with his alma mater. He starred for Virginia on the field from 1995-1998 and was a consensus All-American and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 1998.

Poindexter was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2020.

He is listed as the primary recruiter for three of the defensive backs in the 2022 Penn State recruiting class – Cristian Driver, Cam Miller, and KJ Winston.

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