Penn State makes hiring of new co-defensive coordinator, safeties coach official
The move is now official, Anthony Poindexter is the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Penn State.
Penn State officially introduced Poindexter as a new member of the staff on Wednesday morning. He joins the Nittany Lions after spending the past four seasons at Purdue. Poindesxter was also the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach on Jeff Brohm’s staff (2017-20).
“We are excited to welcome Anthony to our staff,” said head coach James Franklin. “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.”
Before his time at Purdue, Poindexter as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at UConn for three seasons (2014-16) and spent 11 seasons at Virginia, his alma mater, in various roles. He started as a graduate assistant in 2003 and later held titles as running backs coach, special teams coordinator, defensive backs coach and safeties coach.
“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to be a part of the Penn State football program,” said Poindexter. “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 replaces previous co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Tim Banks, who left for a job on Josh Heupel’s staff at Tennessee.