Penn State linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher have both resigned.
Vanderlinden, who had been at Penn State since 2001, is a bit of a surprise because he’s one of the country’s best linebacker coaches, but head coach Bill O’Brien pretty much coaches the quarterback which made Fisher expendable. Perhaps O’Brien is ready to hire an offensive coordinator now that he has an opening on his staff.
Here’s the release from Penn State with a bit of editing:
UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State Football coach Bill O’Brien announced today that quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher and linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden have resigned to pursue other opportunities.
“I appreciate all of Ron and Charlie’s hard work and thank them for their dedication and service to Penn State,” O’Brien said. “I wish them well in all their future endeavors.”
Vanderlinden was the Nittany Lions’ linebackers coach since 2001. Fisher was the quarterbacks coach the past two seasons.
“I’ve greatly enjoyed my 13 years at Penn State and all the student-athletes I had an opportunity to work with,” Vanderlinden said. “I wish Coach O’Brien and Penn State nothing but the best in the future.”
“I want to thank Penn State and Coach O’Brien for the opportunity to be a part of the program the past two seasons,” Fisher said. “It was a great experience and I am very proud of what we accomplished. Now I’m looking forward to the next chapter and making a positive impact on the next group of players I have the privilege of working with.”
O’Brien stated he will begin an immediate search to fill the two positions and will not comment on the status of the search until the positions have been filled.