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Penn State Names Icers Alum Brandwene to Lead Varsity Women's Ice Hockey

by on June 01, 2011 10:22 AM

Penn State has named Josh Brandwene, a former Icer and an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Hall of Fame inductee, as the university's first varsity women's ice-hockey coach.

"I truly love every aspect of building a successful program," Brandwene said in a news release. "To have the opportunity to a build a program the 'Penn State Way' here at this place that has meant so much to me and shaped who I am as a person and as a coach is a dream come true."

The first Penn State varsity women's ice-hockey team is set to begin NCAA Division I competition in the 2012-13 season, thanks largely to an $88 million gift commitment made by university alum Terry Pegula and his wife, Kim. Their gift has enabled plans for a new ice arena along University Drive and the creation of both men's and women's Penn State ice-hockey programs in NCAA Division I.

For his part, Brandwene will bring 20 years of coaching and administrative experience at the international, collegiate and prep-school levels, according to the news release. Most recently, he has worked as head coach for the boys' and girls' ice-hockey programs at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, Conn.

Brandwene also has served as the assistant coach of the Team USA men's ice-hockey team at the 2003 World University Games and as head coach of the men's ice-hockey teams at the University of Delaware and at Northfield Mount Hermon School in New England.

In addition, Brandwene was a "standout defender" for the Penn State Icers and a member of the 1990 ACHA National Championship team. He was named his Penn State team's most valuable player and the league MVP, and broke the Icers' career records for points by defenseman, according to the release.

"Josh has been a builder everywhere he has been, taking each team to unprecedented levels of success," said Joe Battista, a former Icers coach and the current Penn State associate athletic director for ice-hockey operations. "His accomplishments reach beyond any one team or institution, as evidenced by his impact on a national level as the only four-term president of the ACHA and a member of the American Hockey Coaches Association Board of Governors.

"We are proud to welcome him home," Battista said.

In April, Penn State announced that it has hired Guy Gadowsky as its first NCAA Division I men's ice-hockey coach.

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