Penn State Announces Staff Changes With Seider Hiring

Penn State football reshuffled its coaching staff on Thursday — officially hiring JaJuan Seider as its new running backs coach, while promoting defensive line coach Sean Spencer to associate head coach and shifting newly hired David Corley originally from running backs coach to wide receiver coach.

Rumors of Seider’s hiring from the University of Florida surfaced on Wednesday and is known for his excellence in recruiting. Seider will get a chance to work with two former five-star prospects — Miles Sanders and Ricky Slade — when he isn’t out recruiting for the Nittany Lions.

“As soon as I met JaJuan, I knew that he would be a great fit for our staff,” James Franklin said in a release. “He comes highly recommended from a lot of people in the industry I respect. JaJuan has a quiet confidence and a natural charisma that will relate well to our running backs. His experience as a player and a coach will complement our offensive scheme.”

Seider spent just one season with the Gators and interviewed for the Cleveland Browns’ running backs coach position earlier this offseason. The Belle Glade, Fla. native coached his West Virginia’s running backs from 2013 to 2016 before joining the Gators last year. He also spent three seasons as Marshall’s recruiting coordinator and running backs coach from 2010 to 2012.

The shift for Corley doesn’t come as a surprise, as he was originally a wide receivers coach at his most recent stop with Army.

As for Spencer, who’s been with Franklin since their days began at Vanderbilt in 2011, the promotion was one spawned from loyalty and, of course, success in that time.

“For the last seven years, Sean has done a tremendous job coaching and developing talent,” Franklin said. “He is deeply admired by both our players and coaches. Sean’s boundless energy, on and off the field, is what makes him unique. I appreciate his loyalty to our program and he is very deserving of this role.”

The additions of Seider, Corley, and tight ends coach Tyler Bowen come after the program lost three of its assistant coaches this offseason. Joe Moorhead and Charles Huff both left Happy Valley for the head coach and running backs coach positions, respectively, at Mississippi State, and former wide receivers coach Josh Gattis took the same position at Alabama.

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