Congrats to John Gondak, as well as to PSU for making a great choice, not to mention the right thing to do.
One of the most-complained-about issues on this thread is when coaches get jobs supposedly based on who they know rather than what they know and what they've accomplished. That is certainly not the case here. JG has more than proven himself at PSU in virtually every regard. He is a huge part of why the program has reached the level of success it has. In addition, he is very well liked by his athletes, an important ingredient in that success.
Is he perfect? No. Has he made, and will he make, some mistakes? Yes. But he has more than earned the position and the opportunity. Not only is this good for the Penn State program, but it's good for collegiate cross country and track and field.