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• Will Flaherty is in his first full seasons as the Director of Player Development and Community Relations and his second season overall with the Nittany Lions.
• Flaherty’s primary responsibilities include assisting in all aspects of on-campus recruiting, planning all appearances and speaking requests for the players, coordinating the team’s extensive community outreach initiatives, creating professional development programs for the players and overseeing the freshmen, transfers and commits in their transition/application process to Penn State.
• Prior to moving into his current role, Flaherty was an assistant recruiting coordinator for the Nittany Lions beginning in August 2016.
• As an assistant recruiting coordinator, he assisted with on-campus prospect visits, maintained statistics and information on prospective student-athletes and assisted in the planning of the coaches’ off-campus recruiting visit schedule.
• Prior to coming to Penn State, Flaherty spent three seasons as the defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and co-academic coordinator at Iowa Western Community College.
• In his time at IWCC, Flaherty posted a 32-4 record and won a pair of Graphic Edge Bowl games.
• Flaherty also spent five seasons as co-defensive coordinator and running backs coach at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland. During that time span, he helped 34 student-athletes earn full scholarships and had eight players participate in the Army or Under Armour All-American games.
• Flaherty gained familiarity with James Franklin and members of the Penn State coaching staff when he spent nearly three years at the University of Maryland as an offensive/special teams intern.
• He graduated from Maryland with his degree in kinesiology in May 2013.