Talor Battle is a name synonymous with some of Penn State basketball’s more successful eras. His athleticism, ability to shoot from (quite literally) anywhere on the floor, and fiery leadership were instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions bring home an NIT championship in 2009 and make the NCAA Tournament in 2011, in addition to becoming PSU’s all-time leading scorer*.
Today, Battle returns to the place where his legend began, this time as a newly-hired assistant coach. He replaces Kevin Freeman, who left to take an assistant coaching gig at his alma mater, UConn. Battle does not have any prior coaching or recruiting experience, so this will be a giant leap for him going straight to the Division One power conference level. However, his enthusiasm, background as a star player at PSU, and his never-say-die attitude should help serve as a solid crutch while he gets acclimated to the coaching lifestyle. If anyone is capable of making such a leap, my money would be on Mr. Battle.
We here at BSD congratulate Talor on his new job, and wish him all the best. In the meantime, we leave you with a nice little homage from Penn State Athletics’ official YouTube page:
* Lamar Stevens would (rightfully) hold the scoring record had COVID not cancelled the Big Ten Tournament back in March