|Born||State College, Pennsylvania|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
James Madison (QB)
Penn State (TE/RC)
Penn State (QB)
Joseph Vincent "Jay" Paterno, Jr. is an American football coach who was most recently the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions football team and his father Joe Paterno, former head coach of the team.
Paterno was on Penn State's staff for 17 seasons, 12 of which he has served as the quarterbacks coach. Previously, Paterno served as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. Prior to being on the PSU staff, he served as a graduate assistant at Virginia from 1990-92, Wide Receivers and Tight Ends Coach at Connecticut in 1993, and as the quarterbacks coach at James Madison in 1994. Paterno's coaching career at Penn State came to an end following the hiring of new head coach Bill O'Brien on January 7, 2012. There is no word on his future as a coach.
After Penn State
Since his father's death and his dismissal, Paterno has written several guest columns, including this one. Paterno's coaching was criticized by former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin, who said, while referencing the new coaching staff compared to the old one, "They're just teaching us the right way how to play the game of football and the right way to play quarterback. We've never had anything like that before here." Paterno has also taken to political activism. He has spoken at several young voters rallies including one in one sponsored by PSU Votes, a nonpartisan political initiative where both he and Penn State women's basketball coach Coquese Washington spoke.
Jay has four siblings: Diana, Mary Kay, David, and Scott. Unlike his late father, who was a staunch Republican, Jay is a Democrat, and supported Barack Obama during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.
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