The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 3, 2013

College football: Fisher resigns as Penn State quarterbacks coach

Daily Item

---- — From staff and wire reports

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Charlie Fisher was one of two Penn State assistant football coaches who resigned to pursue other opportunities, Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien announced Tuesday.

Fisher, a Warrior Run H.S. graduate, served as Penn State's quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons. He helped mold true freshman Christian Hackenberg into the Big Ten conference's Freshman of the Year.

"I want to thank Penn State and Coach O'Brien for the opportunity to be a part of the program the past two seasons," said Fisher. "It was a great experience and I am very proud of what we accomplished. Now I'm looking forward to the next chapter and making a positive impact on the next group of players I have the privilege of working with."

Ron Vanderlinden, the Nittany Lions' linebackers coach since 2001, also opted to move on following the conclusion of a 7-5 season.

"I've greatly enjoyed my 13 years at Penn State and all the student-athletes I had an opportunity to work with," Vanderlinden said. "I wish Coach O'Brien and Penn State nothing but the best in the future."

O'Brien stated he will begin an immediate search to fill the two positions and will not comment on the status of the search until the positions have been filled.

"I appreciate all of Ron and Charlie's hard work and thank them for their dedication and service to Penn State," said O'Brien. "I wish them well in all their future endeavors."

The Nittany Lions return 16 starters for the 2014 season (8 offense, 7 defense, 1 specialist).