Penn State football: Players say Dwight Galt to handle strength and conditioning on James Franklin’s staff

tjohnson@centredaily.comJanuary 15, 2014 


James Franklin answers questions from the media after being named the new Penn State football coach on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Beaver Stadium. Franklin will the the 16th coach to lead the Nittany Lion football team.

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— Players have been informed that Dwight Galt will take over Penn State’s strength and conditioning program under new head coach James Franklin.

Galt's son Dwight IV is currently still employed by Penn State, according to the university directory, and was an assistant strength and conditioning coach on Bill O’Brien’s staff.

The elder Galt has been at Vanderbilt since 2011.

Former Penn State strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald was an understudy of Galt’s at Maryland. Fitzgerald revamped the team’s weight-training program, ridding the Lasch building of the weight machines employed by John Thomas and introducing a free weight system.

Fitzgerald was wildly popular among Penn State players with his game-day antics and midweek pump-up videos that Fitzgerald oversaw along with the team’s video staff.

“I think it’s going to be really similar to what Coach Fitzgerald did,” linebacker Mike Hull said. “I believe Coach Galt from Vanderbilt is going to be coming with (Franklin) and Coach Fitzgerald learned under him. So I think that’s going to be pretty similar.”

While Galt is not yet listed in the Penn State directory, a few former Vanderbilt assistants are. Ricky Rahne, Brent Pry, Josh Gattis and Bob Shoop all are listed, albeit without titles.

Rahne coached quarterbacks at Vanderbilt and was instrumental, along with Franklin, in helping Josh Freeman develop while at Kansas State.

Gattis served as Vanderbilt’s receivers coach and was the team’s offensive recruiting coordinator.

Pry’s duties included coaching linebackers in addition to being the assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator for the Commodores.

Shoop was the defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

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