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June 17, 2014

Penn State Coaches Comment on Joyner's Retirement

"Dr. Joyner accepted a challenge of taking on the position of athletic director at Penn State when many would have steered clear. I have great admiration for a man who jumped right into the fire and guided the athletics department through a difficult time and emerged with numerous championships and accomplishments."

- Patrick Chambers, Nittany Lion Basketball Head Coach

"I will forever be grateful to Dave Joyner for this tremendous opportunity he presented to me and my family. He cares about Penn State as much as anyone I have met and has great passion for the University and its mission. He has been an unbelievable resource and has been very supportive of me, our student-athletes and the football program."

- James Franklin, Head Football Coach

"For me personally, today is a sad day. Dave hired me, he believes in me and I believe in him. Dave has been a great mentor since I have been here and I really believe will continue to be a great mentor for me through my time here at Penn State. I wish him nothing but the best in his retirement."

- Amanda Lehotak, Head Softball Coach

"Dave led Penn State during a very difficult time and, as was apparent in his announcement today, he cares tremendously about Penn State and athletics."

- Russ Rose, Head Women's Volleyball Coach

"Thank you Dave Joyner!! We are very grateful for his willingness to step in and lead Penn State Athletics at a very challenging time. His leadership has been crucial in not only keeping us moving forward, but also adding to the great tradition of Penn State Athletics. We thank him for his passionate and dedicated service."

- Cael Sanderson, Head Wrestling Coach

"Dr. Joyner is truly passionate about Penn State Athletics and an avid supporter of Lady Lion Basketball. He encouraged us in our pursuit of championships, and was always there to celebrate with us in our successes. We wish him the best of luck in his retirement."

- Coquese Washington, Lady Lion Basketball Head Coach


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