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Alan Zemaitis Returning to Penn State Football

A welcome return for one of the program’s top defensive backs.

FedEx Orange Bowl: Penn State v Florida State Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images

The last time Alan Zemaitis suited up in a Penn State uniform was for the Nittany Lions instant classic triple-overtime battle with Florida State in the Orange Bowl to cap off a stunning 2005 season. After a little more than 15 years, he’s back with the program to help deliver more championships.

Zemaitis, likely the best Penn State defensive back of this century, has been hired as an assistant recruiting coordinator. He will be working under Kenny Sanders, the team’s national recruiting coordinator.

Previously, Zemaitis had been a member of the Susquehanna University coaching staff since 2012. He began coaching defensive backs, and ultimately earned additional roles as the special teams coordinator and assistante

Zemaitis was a catalyst for Penn State’s remarkable turnaround in 2005. Despite being picked by most outlets to finish last in the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions would go on to become conference champions and finish #3 at the end of the season. Zemaitis also led the Big Ten in interceptions that season with six, and finished with 12 for his career.

Welcome back, Alan!