Penn State’s offensive coaching staff finally appears whole again.
University officials announced the hiring of former former Boston College assistant Phil Trautwein as the offensive line coach on Friday.
He will work under new offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, a Red Land High grad, and closely with tight ends coach Tyler Bowen.
“Growing up in New Jersey, I was always a fan of Penn State,” Trautwein said in a release. It was the best academic and athletic university in the country then, and it remains so today. My family and I are grateful Coach Franklin has given us the opportunity to join the outstanding staff he’s assembled.
“I could not be more excited to continue building the best offensive line in the country, and to help bring championships to Happy Valley.”
Nearly as soon as Ciarrocca was hired another staff position opened when offensive line coach Matt Limegrover’s contract was not renewed. That happened three days after the Cotton Bowl victory over Memphis.
Trautwein, 33, coached Boston College’s offensive line to stunning success in 2019. His entire offensive line earned Atlantic Coast Conference honors, led by first-team guard John Phillips. The Eagles were No. 4 nationally in sacks allowed, giving up only 13 all season.
“We are thrilled to welcome Phil and his family to Penn State,” Franklin said. “Phil has had success at the highest level as a player, winning two national championships at Florida and spending four seasons in the NFL. He is a rising star in our profession and has had success in developing tremendous offensive linemen during his time at Boston College with nine players earning All-ACC honors in two seasons.”
Trautwein was an All-SEC offensive tackle at Florida, where he won two national championship rings. He played a few seasons in the NFL before serving as a Boston College graduate assistant from 2013-2015. He then coached at Davidson for two years before returning to BC.
Trautwein has reportedly turned down interest from multiple SEC teams, according to Pete Thamel with YahooSports.
Penn State now have two of the better young assistants in the nation working side by side. Bowen, 30, served as Penn State’s tight ends coach the past two season before acting as interim offensive coordinator and play-caller for the Cotton Bowl. Previously, Bowen coached the offensive line briefly at Maryland and was an offensive coordinator at Fordham.
Bowen played on the offensive line at Maryland under James Franklin.
The Nittany Lions expect to return four of their five starters along the offensive line in 2020. That includes seniors Michal Menet (center) and Will Fries (tackle), juniors C.J. Thorpe and Mike Miranda (shared a guard position) and sophomore Rasheed Walker (tackle).