From the Players Tribune:
When I arrived at Penn State, this was a program that was hurting for a lot of different reasons. And as a result, there wasn’t much trust within the locker room.
That’s not the case anymore.
I never really thought I was going to be a football coach.
My career goal was never related to a job so much as a purpose: I just wanted to make an impact on the lives of others. I got my undergraduate degree in psychology at East Stroudsburg. But I actually didn’t start in psychology. Like many undergrad premed dreamers, I was a biology major up until I had to take organic chemistry, and then … yeah, that was when s*** got real and I was out.
I found myself drawn to psychology for a number of reasons. I’ve always been fascinated by how the human mind works, and I enjoy studying things like group dynamics and body language. But I also had a somewhat dysfunctional home life growing up, and studying psychology was a way of understanding how that had affected my upbringing a little better. I’m not complaining. In fact, I think my background is one of my greatest assets as a professional because it’s helped me to relate and empathize with people from varying circumstances in a way that’s somewhat unique: