Penn State announces Collins as new Special Teams Coordinator – 247Sports

Penn State announces Collins as new Special Teams Coordinator – 247Sports

Just one day after the hiring of former Penn State Special Teams Coordinator Joe Lorig by Oregon, the Nittany Lions have announced his replacement. James Franklin is bringing on former Boise State Special Teams Coordinator and edge coach Stacy Collins.

“We are excited to welcome Stacy Collins to Happy Valley,” Franklin said in a statement. “As a veteran coach, Stacy brings a wide variety of experiences to our staff having served as a head coach, defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator during his career. He will bring significant value to our program and has a great depth of special teams knowledge and has found great success as a coordinator. His coaching style on special teams will allow us to continue our strong tradition as a special teams unit. I am thrilled to have Stacy, his wife Mandi, and their four daughters join our Penn State Football family.”

He will also coach the outside linebackers and nickel backs according to a Penn State release.

Collins has 24 years of collegiate coaching experience, with previous stints at Utah State (2016-2020), South Dakota School of Mines (2012-2015, 2002), Portland State (2011), Central Washington (2008-2010), Southern Oregon (2007), Idaho State (2005-2006), Western Washington (2003-2004), and Western Oregon (1998-2001). He also coached three seasons for Vienna (Austria) Vikings in the European Federation of American Football.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to work under the leadership of Coach Franklin and join the Penn State family,” Collins said in a statement. “I look forward to developing and growing our special teams units which has had a history of success during coach’s tenure. I’m also excited to work with Coach Diaz and the defensive staff to continue to build on the strong defensive tradition of Penn State. My family and I can’t wait to start this new chapter in Happy Valley.”

Collins coached under current Penn State analyst Larry Lewis at Idaho State in 2005-2006.