Former Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti has been hired as the assistant head coach at Trinity High School in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
Trinity High School is pleased to announce that Mr. Michael Mauti will serve as Assistant Head Coach of the Football program.
— Trinity High School Athletics (@thsshamrocks) February 17, 2023
Mauti will work under one of his former Penn State teammates. Jordan Hill, another former linebacker, finished his first season as Trinity’s head coach this fall.
Hill and Mauti were captains on one of the most beloved teams in Penn State history: the 2012 “Iron Lions.”
Penn State came into the season ravaged by scandal and sanctions. The Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal rocked the sports world in November 2011. The scandal led to, among many other things, the firing of legendary coach Joe Paterno.
In July 2012, the NCAA hit Penn State with penalties that included a four-year postseason ban. It was Mauti and the senior class who led the charge in keeping the ‘12 team intact.
“We take this as an opportunity to create our own legacy,” Mauti told media in a televised statement. “This program was not built by one man and this program sure as hell is not going to get torn down by one man.”
The 2012 team lost its first two games— against Ohio at Beaver Stadium and at Virginia— before winning eight of its last 10 to finish 8-4. From there, Mauti went to the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played two seasons in Minnesota and three with the New Orleans Saints. He started two games each in the 2015 and ‘17 seasons and was named the team’s special teams MVP for 2015. For the 2017 season. Mauti was a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, voted by his teammates as a role model of “inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.” The Saints released Mauti prior to the 2018 season.
Michael Mauti had previously been coaching linebackers and special teams at his alma mater; New Orleans’s Mandeville High School. He’s still involved with Penn State and helped launch the “Lions Legacy Club,” the school’s first football-specific NIL collective.