David Joyner, former Nittany Lion wrestler and football star, was named acting athletic director at Penn State Friday.
Joyner — a two-sport athlete at the Pennsylvania State University from 1969-1972 — takes the position that had been held until last week by Tim Curley, who is on paid administrative leave after being charged with lying to a grand jury and failing to notify police in the case of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky involving alleged sexual abuse of boys in the school’s football building.
Joyner came to Penn State on a wrestling scholarship, competing for then head coach Bill Koll (father of current Cornell coach Rob Koll, and, in the late 1940s, three-time NCAA champ at what is now University of Northern Iowa). Wrestling at heavyweight, Joyner was a three-time Eastern Intercollegiate Champion from 1970 to 1972, and an East-West National All-Star Meet (predecessor to today’s NWCA All-Star Classic) winner in 1971. As a junior, Joyner earned All-American honors by placing second at the 1971 NCAAs, losing to Greg Wojciechowski of the University of Toledo in the heavyweight title match. He was team captain as a senior in 1972.
In addition to being a mat star, Joyner also was a starting offensive tackle for then head coach Joe Paterno, and was football team captain in 1972. His two sons played football for Paterno in the 1990s.
Joyner graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in science in 1972 and a M.D. from Penn State’s College of Medicine in 1976. He later launched a medical career, focusing on sports medicine.
Joyner has earned numerous honors, including the Penn State Wrestling Club’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1993, and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame the same year.
Want to know more? Read David Joyner’s bio at Nittany Lion Grappling website… articles announcing his new position at Penn State from the student newspaper The Daily Collegian and the Associated Press… and text of Joyner’s press meeting at Saturday’s PSU-Ohio State football game.
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