Co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Anthony Poindexter leaving for Penn State

Mike Carmin
| Lafayette Journal & Courier

WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Anthony Poindexter will join Penn State’s coaching staff as a defensive assistant. 

Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports first reported the news Sunday night. The Journal & Courier later confirmed Poindexter’s departure. Coach Jeff Brohm isn’t expected to fill the vacancy until after spring practice, which runs through March 19. 

Poindexter spent four seasons with Brohm and the Boilermakers, holding the co-defensive coordinator title along with coaching safeties each season. Purdue started spring practice last Friday and Poindexter and some of the safeties were scheduled to meet with the media following Monday’s practice. 

With Poindexter’s departure, the only holdover from last year’s defensive coaching staff is assistant Marty Biagi, who oversees special teams. Brohm fired two coaches – Bob Diaco and Greg Brown – while Terrance Jamison left for Illinois following last season. 

One of the new coaches hired by Brohm – Ron English – is coaching the cornerbacks but was in charge of the safeties during his three-year stint at Florida. He also coached safeties at Mississippi State for one sea

Poindexter was scheduled to earn $391,000 this season, which is $69,000 less than last year due to pay cuts implemented throughout the athletic department because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Poindexter came to Purdue after serving as defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Connecticut. He spent 11 seasons at Virginia, his alma mater, before going to UConn. Poindexter was a two-time All-American safety with the Cavaliers and was the 1998 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year. 

In March 2020, Poindexter was named a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

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