An influential Penn State staffer is calling it a career. Dwight Galt III, Penn State’s Assistant Athletics Director, Performance Enhancement, is heading into retirement after eight years with the program.

Penn State congratulated Galt on his career on its Twitter account:

Galt has served under James Franklin at Penn State, Maryland and Vanderbilt. The seasoned Galt had over 36 years of strength and conditioning experience at the collegiate level. Galt served in his current role at Penn State beginning in March 2015.

Running back Saquon Barkley, tight end Vernon Davis, tight end Mike Gesicki, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, and defensive end Shawn Merriman are among the players Galt has worked with that went on to thrive at the pro level.

Penn State went 7-6 this season after going 4-5 in the pandemic shortened 2020 campaign. The Nittany Lions finished fourth place in the B1G East. Now, Franklin must replace another key piece heading into a key 2022 campaign.