Penn State has hired Gerad Parker as its next wide receivers coach.
Parker spent the last two seasons at Duke, but he’s also coached at Cincinnati and Purdue. With the Boilermakers, he was 0-6 as their interim head coach in 2016, which included a 62-24 loss to the Nittany Lions in West Lafayette. He also coached at Marshall earlier in his career alongside current Lions running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider.
A previous coaching opportunity at East Carolina was scuttled after Parker was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in 2017. Court documents show that a jury trial in the case is scheduled to start on Jan. 17, 2019.
Parker replaces David Corley, who was fired after just one season with the Lions.
“We are excited to add Gerad to our staff,” Penn State coach James Franklin said in a released statement. “He has a comprehensive background and knows the Big Ten. He is a terrific fit for our staff, university and community. He has a great opportunity to come in and make a significant impact both on and off the field with a very talented position group!
“Gerad played wide receiver in the SEC and has shown he is a great teacher of the position, as well. His wide receiver groups have been able to overachieve throughout his coaching career.”
Parker’s playing days were spent at Kentucky, and he has helped mentor a few receivers to all-conference honors during his coaching career, including Purdue’s DeAngelo Yancey, who earned second-team All-Big Ten honors while Parker was with the Boilermakers.
“We as a family are certainly very excited to be a part of a place that has been built with such a passion for football and with such a storied history,” Parker said in a released statement. “Coach Franklin has done great things at Penn State and has high expectations of where this program can go.
“Personally, I feel I have been called on this Earth to coach wideouts and help grow men, what better place to do that than Penn State, a place that is high in talent and has a chance to compete for championships.”