Feb 27, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions football quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne shakes hands with the Penn State Nittany Lion mascot during the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State defeated Ohio State 65-63. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren- USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Football Coach Profile: Ricky Rahne

Today’s VBR Penn State coach profile takes a look at Ricky Rahne. In keeping with the commanality of the Penn State coaches, he too worked under James Franklin at Vanderbilt before coming to Penn State. In his current post at Penn State, Rahne is the passing game coordinator and the quarterbacks coach.

Prior to coaching the Nittany Lions, Rahne was in charge of the quarterbacks at Vanderbilt for three seasons. While with Commodores, Rahne helped the quarterbacks set records in the passing attack. In In 2013, Austyn Carta-Samuels had a completion percentage of 68.7 percent, ranking third in the nation in that category. In 2012, under Rahne’s watch, quarterback Jordan Rogers put up the fourth-most passing yards in a single season at Vanderbilt.

Rahne worked with the running backs and tight ends at Kansas State from 2007-2010. During his first season with the Wildcats in 2006, he  and Coach Franklin worked with the quarterbacks, helping to turn Josh Freeman into one of the best Kansas State quarterbacks ever and a first-round draft pick.

This season at Penn State will make Rahne’s 11th season in coaching. Except for his first job as assistant defensive line coach at Holy Cross in 2004, all of his experience has been on the offensive side of the ball.

Rahne, from Morrison, Colorado, graduated from Cornell University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in industrial and labor relations. While at Cornell, he enjoyed a productive collegiate career as a quarterback, leaving as a three-time MVP and the leader in almost every passing category at the school.

At Penn State, Rahne inherits a talented quarterback in Christian Hackenberg, who led the Nittany Lions to seven victories and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season.

Coaching Experience

2011-2013 – Vanderbilt (quarterbacks)
2009-10 – Kansas State (tight ends)
2007-08 – Kansas State (running backs)
2006 – Kansas State (offensive graduate assistant)
2005 – Cornell (running backs)
2004 – Holy Cross (assistant defensive line)



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