James Franklin had one final coaching hire to make this offseason and he concluded the process on Friday with the addition of David Corley who will coach the Nittany Lions' running backs.
"David is a dynamic football coach who will be a great fit in our program", Franklin said in a written statement.
With all FBS programs allowed to add a 10th assistant coach as of January 9, Franklin had been figuring out for some time how to rearrange his stuff and fill any needs as they presented themselves with Moorhead's departure.
Corley brings 10 years of college coaching experience to Penn State, spending six of those at his alma mater. Ricky Rahne was elevated to offensive coordinator in December and couldn't asked for a much better debut in the Nittany Lions' Fiesta Bowl victory, his first game as the full-time coordinator. "I'm looking forward to working with this awesome staff and these outstanding student-athletes".
Before joining coach Jeff Monken's program, Corley was a jack-of-all-trades coach at UConn, where he worked as special teams coordinator, receivers coach and running backs coach.
Corley spent three seasons (2014-16) on the CT staff and served there as running backs coach, wide receivers coach, special teams coordinator and interim offensive coordinator. He served as the quarterbacks coach from 2010-12.
In his two seasons (2008-09) as the running backs coach at W&M, Corley mentored Jonathan Grimes, who broke freshman records for both rushing and all-purpose yards and eventually jumped into the program's top-10 in career rushing and rushing touchdowns as a sophomore. He graduated as the most decorated player in CAA history with 11 all-conference honors in his career. That followed up a successful playing career at William & Mary where he was a four-year starter at quarterback. He led William & Mary to the 2001 Atlantic 10 championship and a berth in the NCAA Division I-AA championship.
Corley played in the Canadian Football League for Calgary and Hamilton, and also for the Arena Football League New York Dragons.
Corley and his wife, Lindsay, have a daughter, Charlie (7), and son, Bishop (4).