Penn State’s 16 NCAA Championships since 2007 tie USC for the national lead, the athletic department announced on Friday morning.
The Nittany Lions have won at least one NCAA title in each of the past nine academic years, starting in 2006-07.
Penn State and USC have each had five teams combine to win their 16 national titles since March of 2007. Six of the Nittany Lions’ titles have been earned by women’s volleyball, four by men’s and women’s fencing, four by wrestling, one by men’s gymnastics and one by men’s volleyball.
Led by Coach Russ Rose, the Penn State women’s volleyball team has won six of the last eight NCAA Championships, including the past two, and four straight from 2007-10. The Nittany Lions’ seven overall NCAA women’s volleyball crowns are the most of any school nationally.
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Wrestling coach Cael Sanderson also directed Penn State to four consecutive NCAA Championships, from 2011-14. The Nittany Lions have won six wrestling national titles overall.
Coach Wes Glon directed Penn State to the 2014 NCAA Fencing Championship. The Nittany Lions have won 13 national titles to easily lead the nation. Notre Dame is next with four.
Coach Randy Jepson led Penn State to the 2007 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship, its 12th national title, which also leads the nation.
Coach Mark Pavlik guided the Nittany Lions to the 2008 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship.
Penn State’s 46 NCAA Championships all-time (74 national championships overall) rank No. 5 among all NCAA Division I program.