Just a few days after parting ways with offensive line coach Matt Limegrover, Penn State has found its next man for the job in former Boston College offensive line coach Phil Trautwein.
Trautwein is a New Jersey native, hailing from Vorhees Township. He played his college ball at the University of Florida from 2004 to 2009 under head coaches Ron Zook and Urban Meyer. At Florida, he won two national titles and was once named All-SEC. He would spend three years bouncing around the NFL. Trautwein started his coaching career in 2013 as a graduate assistant for Boston College.
He spent three seasons as a grad assistant for the Golden Eagles before making his way to Davidson as its special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. After two seasons with the Wildcats, he made his way back to Chestnut Hill where he spent the last two seasons as the Golden Eagles offensive line coach.
Under Trautwein, Boston College’s offensive lines were some of the best in the nation. In 2018, Boston College allowed just 23 sacks over 12 games, while averaging 4.1 yards per carry (189.2 per game). This season, those numbers improved to just 13 sacks over 13 games and 5.0 yards per rush (252.8 yards per game). Additionally, all five of Boston College’s offensive lineman in 2019 were named to All-ACC teams.
At Penn State, he takes over a unit that is set to return four starters and should be one of the best in the Big Ten.
Welcome to Happy Valley, Coach Trautwein!