Akron Names Former Penn State Offensive Coordinator Joe Moorhead Head Coach

Former Penn State football offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead has found a new home.

After reports surfaced last week that Akron would pursue the Oregon offensive coordinator to be the team’s next head coach, the hire became official for the Zips on Saturday.

Moorhead has spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Ducks. Oregon has a 10-3 record this year and has averaged 33.17 points and 434.4 yards per game.

Prior to his two-year stint at Eugene, the Pittsburgh native spent two seasons as the head coach for Mississippi State. Moorhead was hired to coach the Bulldogs after a productive stop as the Nittany Lions’ offensive coordinator. Most notably, he managed an offense in 2016 that helped lead Penn State to an incredible Big Ten Championship run and averaged 432.6 yards per game.

Moorhead has six years of head coaching experience to his name. He led Mississippi State to a 14-12 record overall during his two seasons in Starkville and spent four seasons as the Fordham head coach in which he finished with a 38-13 mark.

The 48-year old now returns to a spot he knows fairly well. Moorhead worked on Akron’s staff from 2004 to 2008 and eventually climbed his way to the offensive coordinator job for two seasons. He now joins a Zips squad that has struggled of late, as Akron holds a 2-10 record on the year and has grabbed just one win in MAC play.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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