New England Patriots' McDaniels to speak at Penn State Coaches Clinic

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- New England Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels will be the featured speaker at Penn State’s annual Football Coaches Clinic on March 22 and 23.

Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien and his staff will welcome several hundred coaches from across the nation for the annual clinic, which will take place during the midst of the Nittany Lions’ spring practice. The clinic will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 22, with final registration starting at 7:30 a.m. in Holuba Hall. O’Brien will speak to all clinic attendees Friday night prior to the coaches’ social gathering and attendees will have an opportunity to watch a full practice March 23.

McDaniels also will speak to the clinic attendees March 22.

O’Brien and McDaniels worked together on New England’s offensive coaching staff in 2007 and 2008 and January 2012, helping the Patriots advance to Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. O’Brien was the Patriots’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during their 2011 AFC Championship campaign, being named Penn State’s 15th head coach on Jan. 6, 2012.

McDaniels is entering his 10th season with the Patriots, serving on the staff from 2001-08 and returning in 2012. He has helped New England win three Super Bowl titles and four AFC Championships. McDaniels was named the Patriots’ quarterbacks coach in 2004 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2006. During the 2007 season, McDaniels oversaw a unit that broke several NFL records, including points scored, and touchdowns scored. A native of Canton, Ohio, and graduate of John Carroll University, he was head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2009 and 2010 and served as the St. Louis Rams’ offensive coordinator during the 2011 season.

The Penn State Football Coaches Clinic will feature two days of lectures and demonstrations by the Nittany Lions' staff, led by O’Brien, who directed Penn State to wins in eight of its final 10 games last fall and a 6-2 Big Ten record. In his first season as head coach, O’Brien was selected the 2012 Bear Bryant, Maxwell Football Club and ESPN National Coach of the Year and the Big Ten-Dave McClain Coach of the Year.

Penn State’s annual spring gathering traditionally draws more than 800 high school and youth league coaches from all parts of the country and beyond the United States.

The spring clinic will feature sessions with the Nittany Lions' offensive and defensive coaching staffs March 22. Clinic attendees will have an opportunity to observe a full practice March 23, as the Nittany Lions will be in the midst of spring practice. The Blue-White Game is at noon April 20, in Beaver Stadium.

In addition, the clinic will include a presentation by Penn State’s strength and conditioning staff, led by Craig Fitzgerald, director of strength and conditioning for football.

The clinic costs $60 per person and includes clinic materials, Friday’s lunch and dinner and the coaches’ Friday night social in the Ashenfelter Multi-Sport Facility.

Coaches interested in attending the clinic can register or get more information by visiting Coaches also can get information by calling 814-865-0561, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

Penn State also will host four football camp opportunities on the University Park campus this June for its 39th annual summer football camps. Advanced Skills Camps are set for June 1 and 22, the Youth Camp is June 9 and the Position Camp is June 27 to 29. More information is available by visiting

Season tickets are available for the 2013 season. The Nittany Lions will host three teams that finished in the 2012 BCS Top 25: Michigan (Oct. 12-Homecoming), Nebraska (Nov. 23) and Kent State (Sept. 21). Purdue (Nov. 16), Illinois (Nov. 2), University of Central Florida (Sept. 14) and Eastern Michigan (Sept. 7) also will visit Beaver Stadium this fall. The Nittany Lions open the season Aug. 31 vs. Syracuse in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, visit or call 800-NITTANY, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

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Last Updated April 26, 2013