Former Princeton coach Jeff Kampersal — who ranks No. 7 all-time in women’s hockey with 327 career wins — was named the new Penn State women’s hockey coach on Thursday.
He spent the last 21 years with the Tigers and twice led the USA Women’s Hockey Under-18 Team to silver medals (2013, 2014). He also shared Hobey Baker Memorial Rink with current Penn State men’s hockey coach Guy Gadowsky, who coached at Princeton from 2004-11.
“After participating in the interview process and spending some time on campus, it is hard not to notice the genuine passion everyone has for Penn State,” Kampersal said in a news release. “WE ARE! is real. I am so excited to be part of the Nittany Lion family.”
Kampersal is a three-time ECAC Coach of the Year and two-time Ivy League Coach of the Year. He led Princeton to two Ivy League championships and twice qualified for the NCAA tournament. He’s also been responsible for 67 All-ECAC hockey players, five Patty Kazmaier Award candidates and two AHCA All-Americans.
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10 set to compete in summer leagues
UNIVERSITY PARK Three Nittany Lions will compete in the prestigious Cape Cod League this summer, and 10 total Penn State baseball players will take part in various collegiate summer leagues.
Rising senior pitcher Taylor Lehman and junior infielder/catcher Willie Burger will return to the Cotuit Kettleers and Falmouth Commodores, respectively, in the Cape Cod League. Junior Justin Hagenman will also play his first season in the league with the Wareham Gatemen.
Other players heading to summer leagues include Ryan Sloniger, Logan Goodnight and Mason Nadeau (Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League); Braxton Giavedoni (Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League); Jordan Bowersox, Conlin Hughes (Florida Collegiate Summer League) and Austin Riggins (Coastal Plains League).
PSU announces 2017 schedule
UNIVERSITY PARK Penn State will play eight of its 17-game regular-season schedule at Jeffrey Field in a slate announced by the program Thursday.
The season kicks off Aug. 26 by hosting Hofstra, followed by a trip to southern California to meet Caluifornia-Irvine and Loyola Marymount on Sept. 1 and 3, respectively.
Other home games include St. Francis (Sept. 8), defending Big Ten champion Maryland (Sept. 17), Pennsylvania (Sept. 20), Michigan (Oct. 1), Indiana (Oct. 7), Detroit Mercy (Oct. 18) and Northwestern (Oct. 29).
The Big Ten schedule opens at Ohio State on Sept. 12, with other road games at Wisconsin (Sept. 23), Temple (Sept. 27), Pittsburgh (Oct. 10), Michigan State (Oct. 14), Rutgers (Oct. 22) and James Madison (Oct. 25).