Fran Ganter, who served on Joe Paterno's coaching staff at Penn State for 33 years before taking over as the university's associate athletic director for football administration in 2004, has announced his retirement, effective Thursday.
Ganter, a running back for the Nittany Lions from 1967 through 1970, spent 20 of his years on Paterno's staff as offensive coordinator. Paterno added the title of assistant head coach to his duties in 2000.
"I am very proud and thankful to have been a member of the Penn State football family for the past 46 years," Ganter said in a statement. "I will always owe a debt of gratitude to coach Bob Phillips for recruiting me to play at Penn State, and to Coach Paterno for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime when he hired me onto his staff."