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Penn State Assistant Coach Herb Hand Is Joining Gus Malzahn's Auburn Coaching Staff

Gus Malzahn could be bringing in an assistant to his staff that he has a history with in the coaching business.

Coach Herb Hand (above) is shown at Penn State.

Auburn, Ala.--Herb Hand, who has spent the past two seasons as Penn State’s offensive line coach and running game coordinator, will be returning to SEC football to coach the offensive line for the Auburn Tigers, Coach Gus Malzahn announced on Monday.

"I'm excited to be teaming up with Coach Hand again after working together for two years at Tulsa where we were very successful offensively," Malzahn said. "He's a wonderful person and coach, and we’re glad to welcome him to Auburn."

Hand said, "My family and I are extremely excited to join the Auburn football family and be a part of a program with such great tradition and history.

"We’re especially excited to rejoin Coach Malzahn and work with him again," Hand added. "It was an opportunity that was way too good for us to pass up. I want to thank Coach James Franklin and the Penn State football program for two great years and I wish them nothing but the best moving forward."

Hand is replacing offensive line coach J.B. Grimes, who handled that assignment the previous three seasons for Malzahn at Auburn after making the move with Auburn’s head coach from Arkansas State. Grimes interviewed on Sunday and again on Monday with the University of Cincinnati where his son is on Coach Tommy Tuberville's coaching staf. Grimes is expected to join that staff later this week.

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J.B. Grimes, like Hand, is a veteran offensive line coach.

"I want to thank J.B. Grimes for his hard work and dedication the last three years at Auburn," Malzahn said. "He is a true professional and a big-time coach. We wish him and his family nothing but the best with his new job."

Hand's move to Auburn means it will be a coaching reunion for Malzahn and Hand who worked together at Tulsa for the 2007 and 2008 seasons when they were co-offensive coordinators for the Golden Hurricanes. After Malzahn moved to Auburn in 2009 to become offensive coordinator, Hand stayed at Tulsa where he added the title of assistant head coach.

Prior to working with the Nittany Lions, Hand coached the offensive line from 2010-13 at Vanderbilt.

Hand coached at Vanderbilt from 2010-2013, serving as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. In his final season there he was also assistant head coach.

A coach with 26 years of experience, his first job was in 1990 at Framingham South High School in Massachusetts.

Herb Hand is shown at a Penn State basketball game.

His first college coaching job was as a defensive graduate assistant coach from 1991-93 at West Virginia Wesleyan. From 1994-96 he was defensive coordinator at Glenville State College in West Virginia. In 1997-98 he was defensive coordinator and coached special teams at Concord College before moving to Division I in 1999-2000 as an offensive graduate assistant coach at Clemson.

From 2001-06 he coached tight ends and was recruiting coordinator at West Virginia prior to moving to Tulsa and later to Vandy and Penn State. While hand was at Vanderbilt , Zac Stacy set  single season and career (3,143 yards) rushing records. While at Tulsa the Golden Hurricanes twice led the nation in total offense

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