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Dec. 10, 2007
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; December 10, 2007 -- Kermit Buggs, a member of the Penn State football staff since 2003, has been named the Nittany Lions' safeties coach.
Buggs has begun his duties as Penn State prepares to meet Texas A&M in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 in San Antonio.
He replaces Brian Norwood, who was named defensive coordinator at Baylor.
In his fifth season at Penn State, Buggs has served as Coordinator of Player Personnel the past two seasons. Among his responsibilities have been serving as a liaison between the coaching staff and academic support staff, coordinating the freshman mentorship program and assisting in the coordination of on-campus recruiting. From 2003-05, he was a graduate assistant coach with the Nittany Lions.
Prior to coming to Penn State, Buggs was a successful high school coach, leading Surry County High School in Dendron, Va. 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 he Year.
A product of Hampton, Va., Buggs is a 1995 graduate of Norfolk State University, where he played football. He was selected the team's Freshman of the Year and earned 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 completed his master's degree in educational administration from Penn State in 2006.
He and Kristy Bowser were married this past July.