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UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State head coach James Franklin introduced the hiring of Anthony Poindexter as this system’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach on Wednesday.
Poindexter comes from Purdue, the place he spent the final 4 seasons holding the identical place.
“We’re excited to welcome Anthony to our employees,” Franklin stated. “He brings a formidable soccer background each as a participant and a coach. As a participant, he’s a Faculty Soccer Corridor of Famer, a two-time consensus All-American and gained a Tremendous Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. Anthony has an infectious persona and leads with humility. Our safeties will actually take pleasure in studying from him.”
Throughout his 18-year teaching stint on the collegiate degree, Poindexter has made stops at Virginia, UConn and Purdue. He’s spent seven seasons with both a defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator title, together with three years because the defensive coordinator at UConn (2014-16).
“I’m honored and humbled by the chance to be part of the Penn State soccer program,” stated Poindexter. “So long as I’ve performed the sport of soccer, I’ve been conscious of the long-standing custom and historical past of excellence right here at Penn State. I look ahead to being underneath the management and steering of Coach Franklin. I’m impressed by his relentless want to win and I look ahead to contributing in any manner I can. Coach Pry has assembled top-of-the-line defensive items within the nation and nothing motivates me greater than younger males with a will to work onerous and study.”
In his first season with the Boilermakers, Poindexter helped lead a protection to a 17.7-point enchancment in scoring protection from 38.2 factors allowed per recreation in 2016 to twenty.5 in 2017.
Previous to his time at Purdue, he was the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at UConn for 3 seasons.
In 2015, UConn earned a berth within the St. Petersburg Bowl, thanks largely to its efforts on protection. Poindexter guided a protection which led the American Athletic Convention in complete protection (thirty third in FBS), purple zone protection (seventh), scoring protection (fifteenth) and passing yards allowed (twentieth). Security Andrew Adams earned second-team All-AAC honors underneath Poindexter’s watch, as he led the crew in tackles with 103. The Husky protection had a complete of 5 gamers earn all-conference recognition in 2015.
Earlier than arriving at UConn, Poindexter was a member of the Virginia teaching employees for 11 seasons, spending the ultimate 5 seasons teaching safeties. He joined the Cavaliers’ teaching employees in 2003 as a graduate assistant, was UVA’s working backs coach from 2004-05, working backs coach and assistant particular groups coordinator from 2006-08, defensive backs coach and assistant particular groups coordinator in 2009, safeties coach and particular groups coordinator from 2010-12 and safeties coach in 2013.
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