The Penn State Nittany Lions made a big addition to their coaching staff that should give the offense a boost.
On Thursday, Penn State announced that Duke wide receivers coach Gerad Parker had been hired by the Nittany Lions to serve in the same capacity.
In a statement from the school, Penn State head coach James Franklin spoke glowingly about Parker.
“We are excited to add Gerad to our staff,” Franklin said. “He has a comprehensive background and knows the Big Ten. He is a terrific fit for our staff, university and community. He has a great opportunity to come in and make a significant impact both on and off the field with a very talented position group! Gerad played wide receiver in the SEC and has shown he is a great teacher of the position, as well. His wide receiver groups have been able to overachieve throughout his coaching career.”
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) January 10, 2019
Parker spent the last two seasons with the Blue Devils, serving as offensive assistant in 2017 and wide receivers coach in 2018.
Prior to his time at Duke, Parker spent four years with the Purdue Boilermakers in several roles.
He served as a tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator from 2013 to 2014, then was moved to wide receivers coach in 2015.
Parker also served briefly as interim head coach of the Boilermakers in 2016 following the dismissal of Darrell Hazell. He went 0-6 with Purdue as the team finished the year with a 3-9 record.