Former Florida OL hired to Penn State coaching staff
Former Florida OL Phil Trautwein is heading to Happy Valley.
Penn State announced on Friday that Trautwein has joined James Franklin’s coaching staff. Trautwein played at Florida from 2004-08, helping the Gators to two national championships in the Urban Meyer era (2006, 2008). He was a First-Team All-SEC selection as a senior in 2008.
After bouncing around NFL from 2009-12, Trautwein got into coaching. He started as a graduate assistant at Boston College, under former UF assistant Steve Addazio, in 2013. After three seasons as a grad assistant, Trautwein took his first on-field position at Davidson as tight ends coach (2016-17) and special teams coordinator (2017). He returned to Addazio’s Boston College staff in 2018 as offensive line coach. He also held the position in 2019.
All five of BC’s starting offensive linemen earned All-ACC honors: John Phillips (first-team), Zion Johnson (second), Ben Petrula (second), Alex Lindstrom (third) and Tyler Vrabel (honorable mention). The Eagles allowed just 11 sacks in 2019, which was the third-fewest in FBS, and 57 tackles for loss, which was No. 13 in FBS. In addition, BC averaged 267.8 rushing yards per game to rank fifth in FBS in rushing offense.
“We are thrilled to welcome Phil and his family to Penn State,” Franklin said in Penn State’s announcement. “Phil has had success at the highest level as a player, winning two National Championships at Florida and spending four seasons in the NFL. He is a rising star in our profession and has had success in developing tremendous offensive linemen during his time at Boston College with nine players earning All-ACC honors in two seasons. We are excited to bring his knowledge and experiences to Happy Valley.”
Trautwein is excited to remain close to home.
“Growing up in New Jersey, I was always a fan of Penn State. It was the best academic and athletic university in the country then, and it remains so today,” Trautwein said. “My family and I are grateful Coach Franklin has given us the opportunity to join the outstanding staff he’s assembled. I could not be more excited to continue building the best offensive line in the country, and to help bring championships to Happy Valley.”
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) January 4, 2020