Penn State football: Coaches Vanderlinden, Fisher resign, will pursue other opportunities

tjohnson@centredaily.comDecember 3, 2013 

— Ron Vanderlinden and Charlie Fisher have resigned from the Penn State coaching staff to “pursue other opportunities” the university announced Tuesday night.

“I appreciate all of Ron and Charlie’s hard work and thank them for their dedication and service to Penn State,” Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said in a university release. “I wish them well in all their future endeavors.”

A search to find replacements for Vanderlinden and Fisher will begin immediately.

Vanderlinden, a holdover from Joe Paterno’s staff, was a Penn State coach since 2001 and led the team’s linebackers. He was previously a head coach at Maryland from 1997 to 2000 and also coached at Northwestern, Colorado and Ball State after serving as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green and Michigan.

A strong recruiter, Vanderlinden helped mold standout linebackers NaVorro Bowman, Sean Lee, Dan Connor, Paul Posluszny and Michael Mauti, among others.

“I’ve greatly enjoyed my 13 years at Penn State and all the student-athletes I had an opportunity to work with,” Vanderlinden said in the release. “I wish Coach O’Brien and Penn State nothing but the best in the future.”

Fisher replaced Jay Paterno as quarterbacks coach and was in his second season at Penn State. Before joining O’Brien’s staff, Fisher coached at Miami, Vanderbilt and Temple, among others.

“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 in the release. “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.”

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