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Penn State Football: More Special Teams Hires On The Way

by on February 26, 2019 2:22 AM

James Franklin and Penn State football recently tabbed Joe Lorig as special teams coordinator, but the hires won't stop there according to the Penn State careers website.

Franklin is set to hire a "Special Teams analyst and analytics coordinator" the job was listed Tuesday at midnight.

The full listing reads as follows.

Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics, a Division 1 and Big Ten Conference Institution, is seeking a Special Teams Analyst and Analytics Coordinator. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Organize, coordinate and perform special teams analysis of practices, competition and future Penn State opponents. Provide preliminary scouting reports and schemes for special teams coordinator to review prior to competition and practices; create self-scout reports for coaches and staff; coordinate data related to special teams analytics services used by the program and distribute to coaches and staff as appropriate.

Oversee the relationship with agents to ensure that our specialists are properly advised during the agent selection process. Coordinate meetings with Penn State University agent Consultant Company and student-athletes, parents of student-athletes and the football staff. This position will manage and supervise the interns for special teams and will coordinate the recruitment and on-boarding process for interns.

Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

The role is not entirely a new one on Penn State's staff, the Nittany Lions have long employed a slew of analysts and advisors covering essentially every phase of the game. Outgoing special teams coach Phil Galiano had previously been on Penn State staff in an adviser role before taking over as special teams coach for the 2018-19 season. Galiano recently took a job a similar special teams assistant job with the New Orleans Saints.

Penn State still employs Sam Williams and Larry Lewis in similar roles advising the special teams unit. 

It's not entirely unlikely that the eventual hire will be a fairly low key announcement, if any will be made at all, but as the major positions on James Franklin's staff are filled out heading into the 2019 cycle, the behind-the-scenes ones are continuing to take shape as well. 

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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