The way new Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand sees it, he is the "Twitter O.G." of college football assistants (@CoachHand). While it's kind of funny hearing the 23-year veteran of the sideline refer to himself as the "Original Gangsta" of anything, it's true.
He began Tweeting while an assistant at Tulsa half a decade ago. He is closing in on 5,000 tweets and has more than 12,000 followers.
"I'm really one of the first coaches to get out in front of it," he said. "I've really enjoyed it."
Hand, who doubles as the Nittany Lions' running game coordinator, has long been fascinated with the concept of using social media in positive ways.
"I try to use it to educate," Hand said.
Nobody knows this more than new PSU head coach James Franklin. Hand was on his staff at Vanderbilt, and was in the running for the job left vacant when Franklin departed for Penn State.
When Hand did not get the Commodores' top spot, he rejoined Franklin with the Lions.
"He is a beast on Twitter and social media," Franklin said.
We caught up with Hand late last week, and were able to get his background with social media, how he tries to best use Twitter and more. We even popped in a question about his coaching style.
Check it out above.