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Former Linebackers Coach Ron Vanderlinden to Join Air Force Staff

When James Franklin took the Penn State head coaching job, one thing Penn State fans wanted to know was whether or not he would add former linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden to his staff.

Franklin passed on Vanderlinden, and now Vanderlinden will reportedly join Troy Calhoun’s staff at Air Force, according to Pete Roussel of

There is no word on what Vanderlinden’s role will be at Air Force, but the team has been looking for a new inside linebackers coach after co-defensive coordinator/inside linebackers/assistant head coach Steve Russ was recently promoted to defensive coordinator.

Vanderlinden took over for Al Golden as Penn State’s linebackers coach in 2001, and held the role until he parted ways with the program in December. He also held the co-defensive coordinator job with Larry Johnson after Tom Bradley was named the school’s interim head coach in 2011.

During his tenure at Penn State, Vanderlinden coached some of the greatest linebackers in school history, including NaVorro Bowman, Paul Posluszny, Dan Connor, Sean Lee, and Michael Mauti, among others. Prior to coming to Happy Valley, Vanderlinden held jobs at several schools, including the head coaching job at Maryland from 1997-2000.

All of us at Onward State would like to wish Coach Vanderlinden the best at Air Force. Like Larry Johnson, he will always be a Penn Stater.

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