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Penn State Football’s Dwight Galt Announces Retirement

Penn State football is set to lose a significant staffer as Dwight Galt, the Nittany Lions’ assistant athletics director of performance enhancement, heads into retirement.

Galt has coached at James Franklin’s side for decades. He joined up with Franklin at Maryland for eight years, followed him to Vanderbilt from 2011 to 2013, and made the move to Happy Valley, too. Together, Galt and Franklin produced four nine-win seasons at Penn State and another two at Vanderbilt.

Overall, Galt boasts nearly 40 years of strength and conditioning experience at the collegiate level. In his role, he oversaw performance enhancement regimens for Penn State’s 31 varsity programs and worked directly with the football team.

“He is all about students, is all about their health and welfare. And so, he’s been a terrific member of that team,” Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour told media last year. “Obviously, he has a great reputation for strength building and endurance and conditioning with the guys.”

Galt’s contributions to the Nittany Lions stretched far beyond Beaver Stadium and the Lasch Building. He played a major role in developing a handful of NFL-bound talents, including first-round picks in Saquan Barkley, Micah Parsons, Odafe Oweh, and many more.

For now, it’s unclear who will step into Galt’s role with the Nittany Lions. Penn State Athletics posted a job opening for the same role online this week.

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