Joe Moorhead left the head coaching job at Fordham to become offensive coordinator at Penn State, and that gambit looks like its paying off.
Moorhead did wonders for the Nittany Lions offense last season, his first in Happy Valley. Penn State became one of the sport’s most explosive offenses, jumping from 100th in the country in scoring at 23.2 points per game in 2015 to 21st at 37.6 points per game.
Now, he’s getting some serious attention as a candidate for big potential head coaching jobs.
Sports Illustrated ranked Moorhead No. 1 on its list of “rising assistant coaches,” citing his quick turnaround of Penn State’s offense.
The architect of the most exciting offense in college football, Moorhead helped Penn State win its first outright Big Ten title in over 20 years. He’s smart, innovative, down-to-earth and well-liked by his players. He also already has head coaching experience, having taken over a 1–10 Fordham team and gotten the Rams to 12–2 by year two. The 43-year-old Pittsburgh native would warrant a look from anyone in the market for a head coach, not just programs in the northeast.
Yahoo! Sports is also bullish on Moorehead, naming him the top assistant coach on the market.
1. Joe Moorhead, Penn State offensive coordinator – Has head coaching experience from Fordham and revitalized the Nittany Lions offense last season. His star will continue to soar as Saquon Barkley runs through defenses.
Moorhead is an interesting coaching prospect because he has both proven that he can be a vital cog on a staff that was in serious contention for a College Football Playoff berth, and he can win as head coach. At Fordham, he was 38-13 as head coach, and finished his tenure with three straight FCS Playoff appearances.