A member of the Penn State staff since 2003, Kermit Buggs is in his first season as the secondary coach. He has coached the safeties the past four seasons and began working with the cornerbacks in November. Buggs was instrumental in the development of three-year starting safetites Drew Astorino and Nick Sukay, who earned 2011 ESPN.com first-team All-Big Ten honors. He helped the secondary grab nine of the squad's 14 interceptions.
In 2008, Buggs helped Anthony Scirrotto earn first-team All-Big Ten accolades. Buggs was selected for the position in December 2007 and coached the safeties in Penn State's 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl win over Texas A&M. He served as Coordinator of Player Personnel during the 2006 and '07 seasons and from 2003-05, he was a graduate assistant coach with the Nittany Lions. Buggs previously was a successful high school coach, leading Surry County (Va.) High School to a 34-14 record from 1999-2002. His 1999 squad was 14-0 and won the Division I state championship and Buggs was named the state's Division I Coach-of-the-Year. A product of Hampton, Va., Buggs is a 1995 graduate of Norfolk State University, where he played football. He received player of the game honors seven times during his career. He was the University's 1992-93 recipient of the Vince Lombardi Award for Leadership and Academic Achievement. Buggs has a master's degree in educational administration from Penn State.