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Penn State Football: Franklin Introduces Staff As 2014 Season Approaches

by on January 24, 2014 2:30 PM

Penn State head coach James Franklin made it official on Friday, introducing his coaching staff just two weeks following his own hiring.

"I am very pleased to bring to Penn State a staff of great family men, tremendous teachers and developers of talent, and the most aggressive recruiting staff in the country," Said Franklin.

Seven of the assistant coaches were members of Franklin's staff at Vanderbilt the past two years, helping the Commodores to nine win seasons in 2012 and 2013, two bowl victories and consecutive Top 25 finishes for the first time in program history.

Where Bill O'Brien's staff had professional experience and age on their side, Franklin is confident that his younger staff with collegiate experience is growing into one of the best in the nation. It remains to be seen how Franklin and his assistants will perform while at Penn State, but enthusiasm wasn't lacking as the coaches introduced themselves to the media.

Franklin is also confident that his staff will be able to recruit as well as any program in the nation. He didn't mince words when explaining that claim: "I think we will have the most aggressive recruiting staff in America," Franklin says. All of Franklin's assistants graduated from a college or university in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast region, giving them all ties to Penn State's most traditional recruiting grounds.

"Recruiting so important, so having guys who have strong ties to state of Pennsylvania, but this region as well, is important, and I feel like we've done that," Franklin says. "What I'm looking for, I want to surround myself with as many smart guys as I can. I'm going to surround myself with as many talented people as I possibly can.

"We will not have one guy on this staff that I don't feel is going to be an excellent recruiter." will have much more in the coming days as Penn State fans get to know the men coaching the Nittany Lions this fall and beyond.

The 2014 Penn State football coaching staff:
- James Franklin: head coach;
- Bob Shoop: defensive coordinator/safeties coach;
- John Donovan: offensive coordinator/tight ends coach;
- Charles Huff: special teams coordinator/running backs coach;
- Brent Pry: assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach;
- Josh Gattis: offensive recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach;
- Herb Hand: run game coordinator/offensive line coach;
- Ricky Rahne: passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach;
- Terry Smith: defensive recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach;
- Sean Spencer: defensive line coach.

"I love winning," Franklin says. "Winning is fun. I like to be considered a good football coach, and it's amazing how those things work better with really good players. We're going to do everything we have to do to have as much success as we possibly can."

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