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Penn State Football: Rahne Named Offensive Coordinator; Bowen and Galiano Added to Staff

by on December 01, 2017 6:16 PM

With Joe Moorhead off to be Mississippi State's head coach, James Franklin has turned to a familiar face to be Penn State's new offensive coordinator.

Assistant coach Ricky Rahne will move up to offensive coordinator and return to coaching quarterbacks. He came to the Nittany Lion program with Franklin in 2014 and has been the passing game coordinator all four seasons. The first two he was quarterbacks coach, but moved to coaching tight ends with Moorhead's arrival in 2015.

Franklin also added two other coaches to the staff. Former Penn State graduate assistant Tyler Bowen will return as tight ends coach after spending this past season at Maryland as offensive line coach. Phil Galiano, a 17-year college and NFL coaching veteran, will join the team as special teams coach, filling the vacancy left by Charles Huff, who joined Moorhead's staff in Starkville.

Wide receivers coach and offensive recruiting coordinator Josh Gattis will now be passing game coordinator, while offensive line coach Matt Limegrover will handle run game coordinator responsibilities. 

Rahne was the Nittany Lions' interim OC for the Taxslayer Bowl following the 2015 season after John Donovan was let go. He was the primary recruiter for each quarterback on Penn State's current roster.

“We are thrilled to elevate Ricky to offensive coordinator and add Tyler and Phil to our staff,” Franklin said. “Ricky is one of the rising stars in college football. He is extremely sharp, driven and has a great rapport with our players. He has been very involved in our offensive scheme the last two years, which is why I anticipate our offense will continue to thrive under Ricky."

Rahne and Franklin first worked together at Kansas State in 2006 and 2007. He joined Franklin's staff at Vanderbilt in 2011 before following him to Penn State.

“Ever since arriving on campus, I've hoped that one day I would earn a chance to lead the offense at Beaver Stadium," Rahne said. "I've been blessed to learn from some of the best offensive minds in the game. That knowledge gives me confidence that our talented and hard-working players, combined with a terrific coaching staff, can continue to build on our recent success."

Bowen was a graduate assistant at Penn State in 2014 working primarily with the offensive line. He went on to be OL coach at Fordham and then offensive coordinator before joining the Terrapins this past season. He coached tight ends at Towson in 2013 when the Tigers finished No. 2 in the FCS.

He played for three years at Maryland when Franklin was an assistant there.

“Tyler is a young man I have known for many years, beginning as an offensive lineman at Maryland and then continuing our relationship while he was a student assistant at Maryland and as a graduate assistant at Penn State," Franklin said. "He has a high football IQ and tremendous passion for the game that will impact our student-athletes on a daily basis. He has history with our offensive scheme, which will help this be a seamless transition."

Galiano was a special consultant for Penn State this past season. He previously had three stints at Rutgers totaling eight years, most recently as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator in 2015 when the Scarlet Knights had a solid special teams unit.

He was an assistant special teams coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 and 2013, and had other college stops at FIU, Villanova, New Haven and Dickinson. He played college ball at Franklin's alma mater, Shippensburg, though their time didn't overlap.

“Phil brings a variety of experiences at both the college and professional levels as a special teams and defensive coordinator,” Franklin said. “He has been a valuable addition to our staff as a defensive consultant this season. Throughout his career, Phil’s special teams units have had success at all levels and I know he will bring our special teams unit to another level. He is another guy with Pennsylvania roots and I am happy to be able to bring him home.”

Franklin also expressed confidence in the new roles for Gattis and Limegrover.

“Josh and Matt have played vital roles in our offensive success and I am excited to see how we evolve in their new roles," he said. "Josh has brought tremendous insight into our passing game on a weekly basis as he has continued to develop our wide receiving corps into one of the best in the country. Upon his arrival, Matt made an immediate impact on the guys in the offensive line room and we have a very bright future in the trenches with him at the helm.”

Franklin will still have another addition to make to the staff. A new NCAA rule allows teams to hire a 10th assistant coach beginning in January.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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