Rahne leaves Nittany Lions for Old Dominion
Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne has been hired as the new head coach at Old Dominion.
Rahne was in his second season as PSU’s offensive coordinator this year and has worked for James Franklin since their days at Vanderbilt beginning in 2011.
The 39-year-old Rahne started his coaching career in 2004 at Holy Cross and also has worked at Cornell — his alma mater where he played quarterback — and Kansas State.
“First, I love Ricky and his family,” Franklin said in a statement. “This is a bittersweet moment for our program. I am so incredibly proud of Ricky and I am super excited for him, his family and Old Dominion.
“I am forever indebted to Ricky for his loyalty and drive in helping us succeed at Vanderbilt and Penn State. Ricky is a rising star in the industry and is built for this opportunity. He is a smart, open-minded and talented coach. His humble leadership style will resonate well with Old Dominion’s leadership and players. I look forward to following his program at Old Dominion!”
Rahne replaces Bobby Wilder at Old Dominion. Wilder was hired in 2007 to restart a Monarchs football program that had been dormant since 1940, and the team played its first season in 2009.
Old Dominion moved up from FCS to FBS in 2013 and has struggled in recent years. The Monarchs went just 1-11 this season.
Rahne will be counted on to help the program rebound from those depths. He showed at Penn State that he’s a good recruiter, which will be vital to that rebuild process with the Monarchs.
“We were fortunate to attract a deep and talented pool of candidates from many of the nation’s elite college football programs,” ODU athletic director Wood Selig said in a university statement. “We went into the search process targeting a coach with a proven track record of success in transforming programs into sustained championship caliber programs. We wanted a dynamic, high energy coach who could relate to today’s student-athlete while also serving as an outstanding role model.
“Fortunately for ODU, our student-athletes, and our community we have exactly what we were seeking in Ricky Rahne, a seasoned assistant head coach and Big 10 offensive coordinator who brings the blueprints for success on how to rebuild an FBS football program into a sustained winner given his recent experiences at both Vanderbilt and Penn State.”