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‘Honored’ to be here: PSU makes Poindexter hiring official

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Anthony Poindexter accomplished tremendous things as a player, and now he says he’s “honored and humbled to be a part of the Penn State football program.”

The school made it official today by announcing the hiring of Poindexter as safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator. Poindexter was a two-time first-team All-American safety at Virginia in the late 1990s, and last year he was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame. He also was a member of the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl championship team in 2001.

Poindexter, who coached at Purdue the past four seasons, replaces Tim Banks, who left PSU to become defensive coordinator at Tennessee.

“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to be a part of the Penn State football program,” Poindexter said in a PSU release. “As long as I’ve played the game of football, I’ve been aware of the long-standing tradition and history of excellence here at Penn State. I look forward to being under the leadership and guidance of Coach Franklin. I’m inspired by his relentless desire to win and I look forward to contributing in any way I can. Coach Pry has assembled one of the best defensive units in the country and nothing motivates me more than young men with a will to work hard and learn. My family and I are truly grateful to be a part of this incredible University. Thank you for having us. WE ARE!”

Poindexter has been a college coach for 18 years, including three as a defensive coordinator at UConn (2014-16). He was co-defensive coordinator at Purdue the past four years, and he began his coaching career at his alma mater, Virginia, in 2003.

“We are excited to welcome Anthony to our staff,” James Franklin said in the school release. “He brings an impressive football background both as a player and a coach. As a player, he is a College Football Hall of Famer, a two-time consensus All-American and won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. During his 18-year coaching career, he has been a defensive coordinator and has worked in multiple Power Five conferences. Anthony’s safeties have always played hard with a nose for the ball. Anthony has an infectious personality and leads with humility. Our safeties will really enjoy learning from him. We are thrilled to welcome Anthony, his wife, Kimberly, and their three children to Happy Valley.”

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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