UNIVERSITY PARK — 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 Charlies hard work and thank them for their dedication and service to Penn State, Penn State coach Bill OBrien 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 Paternos staff, was a Penn State coach since 2001 and led the teams 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.
Ive 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 OBrien 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 OBriens staff, Fisher coached at Miami, Vanderbilt and Temple, among others.
I want to thank Penn State and Coach OBrien 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 Im looking forward to the next chapter and making a positive impact on the next group of players I have the privilege of working with.