Birthday: July 12
Hometown: Johnstown, Pa.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree (Penn State, ‘79); Master’s Degree (Penn State, ’86)
Year at West Virginia: First
Year in Coaching: 34
- Will be inducted into the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (2014)
- Honorary Chair of the 2006 Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games
- Inducted into the Cambria County Hall of Fame (1998)
- Most games coached by a living Penn State coach
- Lettered at Penn State as a defensive back and on special teams
- Helped lead the Lions to 38-10 record during his playing career, including two Sugar
Bowls, a Fiesta Bowl and a Gator Bowl
2014: West Virginia (senior associate head coach)
2011: Penn State (interim head coach – final four games)
2000-11: Penn State (defensive coordinator/cornerbacks)
1996-99: Penn State (defensive backs)
1986-95: Penn State (outside linebackers/special teams)
1983-84: Penn State (wide receivers)
1981-85: Penn State (recruiting coordinator)
1980-87: Penn State (special teams)
Bowl Games Coached (27)
2009: Capital One
2002: Capital One
- Helped the Nittany Lions finish with 13 double-figure win seasons, 20 seasons with at least nine wins and 27 bowl appearances,
including the 1982 and the 1996 national championships.
- Named second-best defensive coordinator nationally by Rivals, before becoming interim coach in 2011
- Rivals Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2008
- Associated Press Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2005
- Guided the Nittany Lions to six consecutive Top 15 finishes in total and scoring defense (2004-09).
- From 2004-2011, Penn State held 53 of its 88 opponents to 17 points or fewer, including 10 during the 2009 season.
- The 2008 unit was one of only four nationally to rank in the Top 10 in rushing, total and scoring defense, leading the Big Ten in
rushing and total defense.
- Selected one of the nation’s top 10 recruiters by SportsIllustrated.com in 2005.
- The 2005 Penn State defense was one of only five units nationally to finish in the top 20 in rushing (7th, 93.0 ypg), pass efficiency, total
and scoring defense (10th, 17.0 ppg) and had three All-Americans: DE Tamba Hali, OLB Paul Posluszny and CB Alan Zemaitis.
- The 2004 defense ranked in the top 10 nationally in total, scoring and pass defense and was the only unit in the country to not allow
more than 21 points in a game.
- The 2002 defense produced two All-Americans and first-round NFL Draft choices (Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Haynes), and ranked
11th in the nation at 17.5 ppg.
- Coached Alan Zemaitis to 2005 first-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-America honors. Zemaitis, who made 12 career
interceptions, was a three-time All-Big Ten pick.
- Coached safety James Boyd to third-team All-America honors in 2000.
- Coached cornerback David Macklin to first-team All-Big Ten and third-team All-America honors in 1998.
- Coached safety Kim Herring to first-team All-America honors and CB Brian Miller to first-team All-Big Ten honors in 1996. Herring was
third in the nation with seven interceptions.
- Guided O.J. McDuffie to Penn State career punt return records for yards (1,059), returns (84) and eventual first-round NFL selection by
the Miami Dolphins.
- Coached first-team All-America Shane Conlan in 1985 and 1986. Conlan earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 1987 and
played in the NFL for nine years.
All-Conference Players (43)
Penn State: LaVar Arrington (OLB/1998-99); Todd Atkins (DE/1994); Navorro Bowman (LB/2008-09); Courtney Brown (DE/1998-99); James Boyd (S/2000); Aaron Collins (LB/1996); Dan Connor (LB/2006-07); Brian Gelheizer (LB/1993-94); Tamba Hali (DE/2004-05); Kim Herring (S/1996); Gerald Hodges (LB/2011); Terry Killens (DE/1995); Justin King (CB/2006-07); Justin Kurpeikis (DE/2000); Sean Lee (LB/2007-09); Calvin Lowry (S/2005); David Macklin (CB/1998); Brian Miller (CB/1994-95-96); Jim Nelson (LB/1997); Paul Posluszny (LB/2004-05-06); Brad Scioli (DE/1998); Anthony Scirrotto (S/2006-08); Brandon Short (LB/1998-99); Willie Smith (LB/1994); Nick Sukay (S/2011); Phil Yeboah-Kodie (LB/1994); Alan Zemaitis (CB/2003-04-05).
All-American Players (18)
Penn State: LaVar Arrington (LB/1998-99); Navarro Bowman (LB/2009); James Boyd (S/2000); Courtney Brown (DE/1999); Shane Conlon (LB/1985-86); Dan Connor (LB/2006-07); Tamba Hali (DE/2005); Kim Herring (S/1996); David Macklin (CB/1998); O.J. McDuffie (WR/1992); Paul Posluszny (LB/2005-06); Brandon Short (LB/1999); Alan Zemaitis (DB/2005); Michael Zordich (S/1985).
Professional Players (51)
Penn State: Mike Archie (RB); LaVar Arrington (LB); NaVorro Bowman (LB); James Boyd (DB); Gary Brown (RB); John Bruno (P); Shane Conlon (LB); Dan Connor (LB); Mark D’Onofrio (LB); Shamar Finney (LB); Ralph Giacomarro (P); Reggie Givens (LB); Keith Goganious (LB); Tamba Hali (DE); Kim Herring (DB); Rob Holmberg (LB); Ray Isom (S); Bryant Johnson (DE); Tim Johnson (DE); Bhawoh Jue (DB); Keith Karpinski (LB); Terry Killens (LB); Justin King (CB); Larry Kublin (LB); Justin Kurpeikis (LB); Sean Lee (LB); Calvin Lowry (DB); David Macklin (DB); Massimo Manca (K); Rich Mauti (WR); OJ McDuffie (WR); Rich McKenzie (LB); Lance Mehl (LB); Matt Millen (LB); Darren Perry (S); Anwar Phillips (CB); Paul Posluszny (LB); Scott Radecic (LB); Eric Ravotti (LB); Mark Robinson (S); Bryan Scott (DB); Tim Shaw (LB); Brandon Short (LB); Blair Thomas (RB); Leroy Thompson (RB); Michael Timpson (WR); Gregg Truitt (OC); Curt Warner (RB); Phil Yeboah-Kodie (LB); Alan Zemaitis (CB); Michael Zordich (S).