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Hill becomes director of life skills for Nittany Lions | News, sports, jobs

By Vaseline May30,2024
Hill becomes director of life skills for Nittany Lions |  News, sports, jobs

FILE – In this Aug. 21, 2012, file photo, Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill stretches during NCAA college football practice in State College, Pennsylvania. Hill is calm and relaxed and flashes an easy smile. The friendly personality makes it hard to dislike the Penn State defensive tackle, unless of course you’re an opposing offensive lineman who is constantly swarmed by him on the field. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file)

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State Football Letterman Jordan Hill (2009-12) has joined the Nittany Lions football program as its new director of life skills.

“I would like to thank Coach Franklin for this incredible opportunity to return to a program and university that I have so much passion for,” said Hill. “I am excited to join this great staff and help guide the young men in this football program in any way I can. This is a special place and I am happy to be back and contribute to this excellent organization.”

Hill comes to Penn State from Trinity High School, where he previously served as director of advancement and head football coach for the Shamrocks.

Hill was a force on the Nittany Lions defensive line, finishing his Penn State career with 171 total tackles, including 9.5 sacks. After a productive first two seasons at Penn State, Hill made a name for himself on the Nittany Lions’ defensive interior during his junior year of 2011, recording 59 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks to earn honorable mention honors. All-Big Ten honors. He then posted a 64-tackle, 4.5-sack season his senior year and was named first-team All-Big Ten for his efforts in 2012.

He was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round (87th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played four seasons in the league, highlighted by a 5.5-sack campaign for the Super Bowl champion Seahawks in 2014. Hill ended his NFL career in 2016 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In total, he collected 50 tackles, seven sacks, an interception and 15 quarterback hits during his NFL career.

With Hill’s appointment, a total of 16 Penn State Football Lettermen are members of the Penn State Football staff or athletic department staff. Hill joins Deion Barnes (Defensive Line), Ty Howle (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends), Terry Smith (Associate Head Coach/Defensive Recruiting Coordinator/Cornerbacks), Torrence Brown (Defensive Graduate Assistant), Jordan Lucas (Defensive Graduate Assistant), Dan Connor (Defensive Analyst), Andrew Nelson (Director of Performance Science), Tyrone Smith (Assistant Director of Athletic Performance), Alan Zemaitis (Recruiting Coordinator), Todd Kulka (Director of Football Academic Services), Wally Richardson (Director of the Football Letterman’s Club), Omar Easy (Assistant AD for the Brand Academy), Michael Mauti (Associate Director of Development), Bobby White (Assistant AD for Premium Seating) and Dan Vasey (Assistant Director of High Performance).

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