Friday morning, all of those moves were confirmed by the school.
PSU announced via a press release the nine coaches who will be a part of Franklin’s initial Nittany Lions staff. Included in that group are the two coordinators who were rumored to be taking those jobs: Bob Shoop (defense) and John Donovan (offense). The former will also coach safeties while the latter will handle tight ends.
Below are the remaining nine members of Franklin’s newly-minted staff:
- Charles Huff, special teams coordinator/running backs coach;
- Brent Pry, assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach;
- Josh Gattis, offensive recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach;
- Herb Hand, run game coordinator/offensive line coach;
- Ricky Rahne, passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach;
- Terry Smith, defensive recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach;
- Sean Spencer, defensive line coach.
“I am very pleased to bring to Penn State a staff of great family men, tremendous teachers and developers of talent, and the most aggressive recruiting staff in the country!” Franklin said in a statement.
Of the nine coaches, seven were on Franklin’s Vanderbilt staff the past two seasons. Huff (Western Michigan) and Smith (Temple) are the only non-Commodores coaches brought on board by Franklin. Smith, incidentally, played wide receiver for the Nittany Lions from 1998-91 and is still among the school’s all-time leaders in receptions and receiving yards.
The release also notes that every member of the coaching staff, including Franklin, an East Stroudsburg University alumnus, graduated from a college or university in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast.