Joe Paterno

Paterno, Wannstedt helping high schools

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State hasn’t met Pitt on the football field in 10 years. But the schools’ respective coaches came together on Wednesday to help high school coaches and players around the state.

Penn State’s Joe Paterno and Pitt’s Dave Wannstedt met with Pennsylvania high school football coaches at the Lasch Building to discuss topics including an annual coaching clinic that would be held, on a rotating basis, on their respective campuses as well as Temple, and the institution of spring football in the state.

“We ought to somehow get across to people just how much football can add to a kid’s life,” Paterno said.

Paterno believes coaches in Pennsylvania have a “tougher, harder” job than coaches in other states because they don’t have the same number of people on staff or the advantage of spring practice. Paterno also hopes the clinic can provide the coaches instruction on off-field matters like sports psychology, nutrition and college preparation.

“As I look back on why I got into coaching, it was because of the influence that my high school coaches had off the field as much as on the field,” Wannstedt said. “And anything that we can do to support our state’s high school coaches association, that’s why we’re here.”