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Only Athletic Director Dave Joyner Until Penn State Football

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This is a big one.

Number 70 on our countdown to kickoff is one of the most accomplished Penn Staters in the history of Nittany Lion athletics. Dave Joyner was an All-American in two sports in Happy Valley. He played offensive tackle for Joe Paterno's dominant squads that went a combined 29-4 from 1969 through 1971. He was a All-American and co-captain his senior season. He followed that feat by finishing second in the heavyweight division in the NCAA Wrestling Championships that same year. Joyner was also named an Academic All-American in 1971, and was later inducted into the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-America Hall of Fame. He's also a member of the Pennsylvania Sports and Pennsylvania Wrestling Halls of Fame, and was the 1997 winner of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.

After graduating from Penn State, Joyner earned his medical degree from Penn State's College of Medicine and spent several decades as an orthopedic surgeon. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and served as the head physician for the United States Olympic Team at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France. In 2000, he was elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees, and served until his appointment to Athletic Director in November 2011. Joyner's also the guy that hired Bill O'Brien as Penn State's head football coach.

Not too bad of a resume, eh?


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