Ganter becomes associate AD; two assistants added

Updated: March 14, 2004, 1:49 PM ET
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State offensive coordinator Fran Ganter was named to an administrative post Tuesday and two new coaches were added to Joe Paterno's staff on the heels of the Nittany Lions' miserable 2003 campaign.

Galen Hall will oversee the offense and coach the running backs, while Mike McQueary will help coach wide receivers and serve as recruiting coordinator.

Ganter, who turned down an opportunity to coach Michigan State in 1994, has been on the Nittany Lion coaching staff since 1971 and was a running back for the team from 1967-1970. He will now serve as associate athletic director for football administration.

"As I evaluated the organizational support structure for the football program, I came to the conclusion that we needed an experienced individual to coordinate all the administrative aspects of the program," athletic director Tim Curley said.

Paterno said he would miss Ganter's coaching contributions, but welcomed him in the new role. "We believe these changes will best serve the team and the program as we prepare for the 2004 season and beyond," said Paterno, 77, who had faced rumors over his possible retirement before saying he would enter his 39th year as coach.

Hall, a quarterback from 1959 to 1961, returns to his alma mater after most recently serving as running backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He also played for the Washington Redskins in 1962 and for the AFL's New York Jets in 1963 before starting his coaching career at West Virginia.

McQueary played at Penn State from 1994 to 1997 and was the starting quarterback in 1997, leading the Nittany Lions to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the Citrus Bowl.

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