The first installment of our Penn Staters in the NFL blog begins with a former Nittany Lion leaving the pro ranks to become a college coach.
Former NFL linebacker Dan Connor will join the coaching staff of West Chester University.
“I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be joining the West Chester University family,” Connor said in a release issued by the school. “I volunteered with the squad in the spring, and I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of this program.”
Connor most recently a member of the Carolina Panthers last season. He began the year fighting for a starting spot with New York Giants, but was let go after suffering a knee injury. He played in five games for Carolina, recording just two tackles.
He is Penn State’s all-time leading tackler and a former team captain and all-American. Connor recorded 419 tackles while playing linebacker for the Nittany Lions from 2004 through 2007. He was a third-round draft pick of the Panthers in 2008.
Connor will coach linebackers under head coach Bill Zwaan.
“West Chester has one of the most experienced and battle-tested coaching staffs that I have ever been around,” Connor said. “Coach Zwaan creates the type of up-tempo, competitive and fun environments that players thrive upon. I cannot wait to be a part of it.”