Bernhardt, Fitzgerald join Penn State’s staff

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — New Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has added two more staffers in special assistant Jim Bernhardt and director of strength and conditioning Craig Fitzgerald.

O’Brien, announced Jan. 7 as Penn State’s coach, is currently working with the Patriots as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach as they get ready for Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Bernhart, also director of player development, coached O’Brien when he played at Brown. Bernhart, who was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Bears, has also worked at Central Florida.

Fitzgerald has spent the past three years in charge of South Carolina’s strength and conditioning, where he worked with new Penn State secondary coach John Butler. Fitzgerald was on staff at Maryland in 2003-4 with O’Brien. He has also worked at Catholic University, Arizona State and Harvard.