Nov 2, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; A general view of Beaver Stadium prior to the game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren- USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Football Coach Profile: Josh Gattis

This installment of VBR’s coach profile focuses on Josh Gattis, another coach who followed James Franklin from Vanderbilt to Penn State. With the Nittany Lions, Gattis is in charge of the wide receivers and recruiting players on the offensive side of the ball. He is also the assistant special teams coordinator.

Gattis is fairly new to the coaching scene, starting his career in 2010 as an offensive graduate assistant at North Carolina.

In 2011, Gattis was the wide receiver coach at Western Michigan. While there, he coached Jordan White, who led the NCAA in 2011 with 140 catches for 1,911 yards. Those numbers helped him to earn All-American honors.

Gattis joined Franklin at Vanderbilt in 2012 where he coached the wide receivers and was in charge of the offensive recruiting. While at Vanderbilt, Gattis coached wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who was named an All-American in 2012 and 2013. Matthews left Vanderbilt as the SEC’s career leader in receiving yards and receptions.

Before entering the coaching ranks, Gattis played for three seasons at Wake Forest as a safety. As a member of the football team, Gattis was named to the All-ACC team in the 2005-06 season and finished his career with 253 total tackles, six forced fumbles and 12 interceptions. After graduating Wake Forest with a degree in sociology, Gattis was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2007 NFL Draft and played that season for the Chicago Bears.

At Penn State, Gattis will add special teams to his resume, as he’ll be in charge of helping Charles Huff to find the best combination of kick and punt returners this season.

Coaching Experience:

2012-13 – Vanderbilt (offensive recruiting coordinator/wide receivers)
2011 – Western Michigan (wide receivers)
2010 – North Carolina (0ffensive graduate assistant)




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