Joe Paterno celebrates a 60-year anniversary

June 18, 2010

Sixty years ago Joe Paterno began working at Penn State as an assistant football coach. This photo (at right), taken in the summer of 1950, is the earliest-known image of Paterno at Penn State. His first football game occurred Sept. 30, 1950, against Georgetown University, and Penn State won 34-14 in front of a crowd of more than 16,000.

Paul Dzyak, sports archivist, recently found this photo in a collection of historic University photographs in the Penn State University Archives.

For years, Sue and Joe Paterno have been pillars of Penn State and the community through their personal philanthropy and tireless volunteerism. The ongoing support from the Paterno family has helped to make the University Libraries, a top-ranking library. Most recently as the Libraries begin For the Future: the Campaign for Penn State Students, the Paternos have given a very special endorsement for the Libraries in a video that shows how today's library helps students. Viewers can see a preview at or they can watch the entire video at online.

For more information, call (814) 865-2258.

  • Joe Paterno, back row far left, with the rest of the 1950 Penn State football coaching staff. For larger version of photo, click on image above.

    IMAGE: Penn State University Archives
Last Updated June 23, 2011