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Joe Sarra, Former Penn State Football Assistant Coach, Passes Away

by on July 20, 2012 7:41 AM

Joe "Buddy" Sarra, the former longtime Penn State assistant football coach, passed away Thursday, according to Penn State.

Sarra joined the Penn State staff in 1984 as a defensive line and linebackers coach, helping the Nittany Lions capture the 1986 national championship. He later became an administrative assistant before retiring in 2004.

Sarra, 75, also served as secretary to the State College Quarterback Club, a weekly luncheon during the season.

Before Penn State, Sarra held coaching positions at Miami (Ohio) and Lafayette. Throughout the ‘60s, Sarra held of flurry of high school coaching positions, including stops at East Washington High School, Belle Vernon, Hempfield and Southern Columbia.

Sarra is survived by wife, Barbara, and sons, Joe Jr., and Scott. Funeral arrangements are being done by Koch Funeral Home and have not yet been announced.

Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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