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Longtime Strength Coach Dwight Galt III Retires

Equipment is in place for the March 31 opening of Penn State's new fitness center at the Intramural Building.

Dwight Galt III, nicknamed “Deege,” is retiring after after more that 36 years working in strength and conditioning. Galt spent the last eight years of his career at Penn State and had been the schools Assistant Athletics Director of Performance Enhancement since March of 2015.

Galt’s association with head coach James Franklin dates back to before either man worked in State College. Galt not only worked at Vanderbilt for all three for Franklin’s seasons as head coach, but also worked at Maryland for eight years before that, while Franklin was moving up the ranks as an assistant coach.

Galt worked directly and most closely with the football program, but also oversaw the other 30 sports at Penn State in performance enhancing regiments. Some of Galt’s athletes— including Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Shawne Merriman— had particularly impressive showings at their respective NFL Draft combines.

Since the end of the regular season, Franklin has lost defensive coordinator Brent Pry and senior director of football operations Michael Hazel to Virginia Tech, and now Galt to retirement. All three men were with Franklin when he began his college football head coaching career at Vanderbilt.

 

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