Head coaches in college football get all the fame, blame and coin. And while their obligations include answering to their Athletic Director bosses who manage multimillion dollar budgets, the media (such as it is), and the boosters and fans, they are perhaps most importantly responsible for teaching and leading a team of 85-100+ young men. Throw in NCAA practice and contact constraints, and you don’t have to be a figurehead to know that that task requires quality assistance and delegation—to other leaders of young men. So, let’s take an in-depth look at how Penn State does it, starting with the offense. If the format and content are well-received, we'll consider doing similar reviews as part of opponent previews this season.
Penn State has a head coach legend, and a team of assistant coaches. They've long avoided declaring Offensive or Defensive Coordinator titles, opting instead for naming all coaches Assistant Coach, comma, their positions of responsibility, and this year is no different.
Galen Hall, 70, Offense/Running backs
Offensive Coordinators and Head Coaches can take credit for a whole host of players, but at the risk of going all Tim Brewster here, we'll just keep to the big ones. At
Jay Paterno, 41, Quarterbacks
Jay graduated PSU in 1990 and ‘apprenticed’ at JMU, Uconn & UVA before returning to join the PSU staff in ’95, as TE coach and recruiting coordinator. In ’99, he began coaching the quarterbacks. Oh, and he’s easily the most social-media aware of the football staff, having been known to blog (check out the latest—BSD favorite HnB gets a shout out!) and tweet from time to time.
Jay was still cutting his quarterback-coaching teeth during the Dark Years, but oversaw the development of fan-favorite Zach Mills, as well as erstwhile starters Rashard Casey and Matt Senneca, then had perhaps his biggest success story to date coaching Michael Robinson to a Big Ten Championship. He did his best with Anthony Morelli before getting maximum production and two very successful starting years out of one-time long-term project Darryl Clark.
Dick Anderson, 64, OL/Guards/Centers
Bill Kenney, 55, Offensive Tackles/Tight Ends
In the years Anderson and Kenney have been coaching,
This one's tough to get a bead on these days. Although it's weird to say the jury's still out on two dudes with over 55 years of coaching experience (at PSU alone), but in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately culture and especially with the O-line's performance in our two big games last year, it may actually be the case. Joe's made it clear the young O-line studs are not ready for prime-time yet this season, so it remains to be seen what kind of cohesion Anderson & Kenney can drum up among the journeyman and veterans. Many of us have speculated that these two are likely to move on whenever Joe does. Will they be leaving the cupboard as stocked as Joe seems set to do?
Mike McQueary, WR/ Recruiting Coordinator
Big Red grew up in State College and wears the disposition of a permanent resident of
For Big Red, this list could read more like ‘Players Recruited,’ for he spearheaded the Return to Glory when Derrick Williams and Justin King signed on. But he also coached one of PSU’s best ever receiver squads in Williams, walk-on Deon