Fran Ganter to retire after 46 years with Penn State football program
After nearly five decades as a Penn State Football student-athlete, coach and administrator, Fran Ganter has announced his retirement, effective Feb. 28.
A running back for the Nittany Lions from 1967-70, Ganter helped Penn State compile a 29-3 record, including undefeated seasons capped by Orange Bowl wins in 1968 and ’69, as a player. Winner of the squad’s Red Worrell Award in 1970, Ganter graduated in 1971 and assumed duties as the freshman coach the next fall, beginning a tenure on the coaching staff that would last 33 years. Ganter was named offensive coordinator in 1984 and assistant head coach in 2000, leaving the sidelines in 2004 to serve as associate athletic director for football administration.