Penn State Football Announces Major Assistant Coach Hire

first_imgPenn State cheerleaders perform during a game.UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – SEPTEMBER 02: Penn State Nittany Lions cheerleaders perform during the second half of a football game against the Akron Zips on September 2, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Akron 52-0. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)The Penn State Nittany Lions made a big addition to their coaching staff that should give the offense a boost.On Thursday, Penn State announced that Duke wide receivers coach Gerad Parker had been hired by the Nittany Lions to serve in the same capacity.In a statement from the school, Penn State head coach James Franklin spoke glowingly about Parker.“We are excited to add Gerad to our staff,” Franklin said. “He has a comprehensive background and knows the Big Ten. He is a terrific fit for our staff, university and community. He has a great opportunity to come in and make a significant impact both on and off the field with a very talented position group! Gerad played wide receiver in the SEC and has shown he is a great teacher of the position, as well. His wide receiver groups have been able to overachieve throughout his coaching career.”Welcome to the #PennState family, @GeradParker1!?: https://t.co/q9T5RAspFA#WeAre pic.twitter.com/LTkMCYosy2— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) January 10, 2019Parker spent the last two seasons with the Blue Devils, serving as offensive assistant in 2017 and wide receivers coach in 2018.Prior to his time at Duke, Parker spent four years with the Purdue Boilermakers in several roles.He served as a tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator from 2013 to 2014, then was moved to wide receivers coach in 2015.Parker also served briefly as interim head coach of the Boilermakers in 2016 following the dismissal of Darrell Hazell. He went 0-6 with Purdue as the team finished the year with a 3-9 record.last_img

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