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Penn State Women's Hockey Names Jeff Kampersal Head Coach

by on June 01, 2017 12:00 PM

Penn State women's hockey has named Jeff Kampersal as the second head coach in the history of the program. Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour announced the hiring on Thursday morning. Kampersal is ranked fifth in career victories among active women's hockey coaches with 327 and No. 7 all-time.

"We are thrilled to have Jeff Kampersal joining our family as the leader of the Penn State women's hockey program," Barbour said in a release. "Jeff has developed one of the nation’s top women’s hockey programs at Princeton and is among the sport’s most respected and successful coaches.

"Jeff has recruited and developed students who have earned distinguished success in their academic and athletic pursuits," Barbour added. "He’s a perfect fit for our promise of preparing students for a lifetime of impact. We are excited about the experience and leadership Jeff will bring to Penn State and look forward to building the women’s hockey program into one that competes for championships."

Kampersal joins men's coach Guy Gadowsky as yet another coach with Princeton ties having coached the Tigers for the past 21 seasons. Gadowsky was a member of the coaching search committee.

"Thank you to my wife Eileen and my children, Keira and Jack, for their strength, love and support as I accept the incredible opportunity to coach the women’s ice hockey team at The Pennsylvania State University," Kampersal said. "Thank you to Sandy Barbour, Mike Cross and the search committee at Penn State. 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. WE ARE! is real. I am so excited to be part of the Nittany Lion family."

Penn State is slated to host the women's Frozen Four in 2022.

Over the past two seasons, Kampersal guided the Tigers to a 42-19-5 cumulative record that included the 2016 Ivy League Championship and an NCAA Championship at-large berth.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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