Ex-Lion returning to coach at PSU

It looks like Terry Smith is coming back to Penn State.

Smith, who had a successful career as a receiver with the Nittany Lions before becoming the coach of one of the top high school programs in Pennsylvania, has accepted a position on James Franklin’s coaching staff according to a website that covers football at Temple, where he was an assistant in 2013.

Owlscoop.com originally reported the news Sunday afternoon. A message left for Smith by the Mirror wasn’t immediately returned.

Smith handled the wide receivers at Temple.

Coming to Penn State as a quarterback from Gateway High School in Monroeville in 1987, Smith left University Park in 1991 as the Nittany Lions’ third leading receiver all-time behind Jack Curry and Kenny Jackson.

Smith then returned to his high school alma mater and coached 11 years, compiling a record of 101-30 with the Gators. During that time, Gateway turned out a number of major Division I football recruits, including Lion signee Justin King, whose arrival helped signal a turnaround for Joe Paterno’s falling program in the early 2000s.

Smith left Gateway when the district made him choose between being coach or athletic director, positions he held concurrently at that time.

It’s unclear what spot Smith will fill on Franklin’s staff; receivers coach Josh Gattis has come with Franklin from Vanderbilt.

Smith joins Gattis, John Donovan (offensive coordinator), Charles Huff (running backs), Brent Pry (assistant head coach/linebackers), Ricky Rahne (quarterbacks), Bob Shoop (defensive coordinator/safeties) and Sean Spencer (defensive line) on Franklin’s staff. One position still is open.