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Jeremy Bean Named New Head Coach




The Lady Ice Lions have named Jeremy Bean as the team's new head coach for the 2017-18 season.

Bean has a deep background in hockey, starting when he was three years old. His full competitive career began at age six, where he quickly learned and advanced through the sport. His playing career took him to places near and far where he had the opportunity to compete with, against, and for some of the best in hockey world. His highlights include playing in the USA Olympic Development Program for the late Herb Brooks of the famed 1980 Miracle on Ice team, playing Junior A in Canada, and a short playing stint at Penn State.

After his career was cut short due to injury, he returned to Penn State and was the offensive assistant coach of the ACHA Division 2 Ice Lions under Mo Stroemel for two years, helping the squad to the ACHA National Tournament and top five finishes to end both years. He subsequently spent time in New England and away from hockey, but returned to the coaching world in a different sport - high school boys volleyball - assisting with a team that finished ninth in the state.

Bean is excited to return to the ice with the Women's Ice Hockey Club. "The cupboard has been left plenty full, and I'm excited to help lead these ladies to their fullest potential," he said, adding that he brings an offensive mindset to Happy Valley and plans to play an up-tempo, attacking style of hockey. A full stable of freshmen coupled with key returners on defense and in leadership positions should help the coaching transition, as well as the implementation of just about any style and systems.

Outside of hockey, Bean works for the Penn State Sustainability Institute, which has the mission of crafting a more sustainable university from an operational perspective. He is also the single father of a four-year-old son, Brighton, who seems destined to follow in dad's athletic footsteps and is excited to be the hockey team kid.

Now-former head coach Patrick Fung led the search to find his successor and offered a statement on Bean and the state of the program he guided for five seasons.

STATEMENT FROM FUNG ON JEREMY BEAN

"I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished over the years and where we have progressed: from taking ten skaters to the Division 2 championship game in year one, to a quicker than expected jump to Division 1 in year three that left us seconds of overtime from the national semifinals.

Even in the rebuilding years, we have managed to develop players at both ends of the spectrum. We have continued the tradition of placing a Penn Stater on the World University Games team every two year, most recently a player who was not formerly an NCAA Division I athlete. As a program we also had our first player signed to play professional hockey, after multiple training camp invitations.

The program is in outstanding hands with [returning staff member] Kyle Rossi and Jeremy Bean.

Kyle is a jack of all trades and rock steady ACHA veteran who knows the league in and out and has been with us since day one. He will be instrumental in facilitating a seamless transition between coaches.

Jeremy and I have known each other for years, going back to the early 2000s with the Ice Lions, and we reconnected this summer. He was one of the best offensive hockey players in the district when we were growing up and he will be able to share his many gifts with the team. He has experience working with NCAA women's players during his time living in New England and brings a high level men's hockey resume to the table.

Featuring an outstandingly-qualified new coach, a great compliment of veterans, and a stellar freshman class, I anticipate this team will grow quickly and be the final piece of the rebuild. With Penn State's great academic, campus and career offerings and our program's list of accomplishments in just a few years' time, I anticipate this will be a destination for hockey players with the academics to get into Penn State for years to come."


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Fung Steps Down as Head Coach




Patrick Fung, the 2013-14 ACHA Women's Division 2 Coach of the Year and Penn State women's hockey's all-time leader in most coaching categories, including seasons, games, wins and ACHA National Tournament appearances, will not return in 2017-18, as he has accepted a position with the National Hockey League's New York Islanders.

STATEMENT FROM COACH FUNG

"I have spent weeks sorting a mix of emotions and excitement to best make a decision for my family and career, balancing an incredible opportunity against leaving a university and town we love, and hockey programs in which I have invested a great part of myself over the last 16 years.

I have accepted a position in the partnership between the New York Islanders and the Beijing Hockey Association to develop hockey players for the Chinese national program in anticipation of the 2022 Beijing Olympics. This appointment offers endless opportunities to work at a world-class NHL facility with coaches, staff and ownership in the world's best hockey league, unmatched coaching and training resources and an international opportunity in my family heritage. With the upcoming preseason games and efforts to grow the game in China, this quickly became a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we could not say no to.

Opportunities aside, it allows me to do what I love most - showing up at the rink every day and working with incredibly motivated hockey players to become better without excuses.

I want to thank Bernie Cassell and Chris Dey of the Islanders and the Beijing Hockey Association for offering this opportunity under such incredibly welcoming conditions, and Matt Bertani for his persistence with an old friend.

Thank you to Penn State, Penn State Club/Team Sports, Penn State Hockey and the countless coaches, players, support staff and volunteers over the last 16 years for giving me the home and avenue to grow as a hockey player, coach and person.

I also want to thank the current Women's Ice Hockey Club for solidifying my faith in the team's commitment to the game and striving for excellence on the ice and in the classroom. I've always said that the ability to commit to four years of this is not for everyone, and to those that can commit and keep up, you are destined for great things.

I am confident that the players who have returned to the team this year are the group that puts the final piece into rebuilding our program's identity, with an outstanding new freshman class, and a strong group of captains. Commit, give all of yourselves, find strength in the team, and dare to do what is necessary to be great, no matter how inconvenient it is."


Fung spent more than a decade and a half involved with Penn State as both a player and a coach, beginning with skating for the Ice Lions and legendary head coach Mo Stroemel, who would become his mentor and friend through his entire time at PSU.

He left for New York City following graduation, but returned to succeed Stroemel as the Ice Lions' head coach in 2004. In three seasons behind the bench of his old squad, he took PSU to the ACHA National Tournament each year while running up a superb record of 76-20-1. He also served as an assistant coach with both the Icers, Penn State's former ACHA Men's Division 1 team, and the Lady Icers. In the former role, under head coaches Joe Battista and Scott Balboni, Fung helped PSU earn six of its ACHA-record 21 consecutive national tournament bids, with national championship game appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

It was the latter role that had more lasting impact, however, after Stroemel moved over to women's hockey in 2007, eventually bringing Fung with him.


With Stroemel and Fung on the staff, the Lady Icers went from their mid-decade woes of dangerously-low money, player and win totals to resuming their place as a respectable, competitive organization. Penn State returned to the ACHA National Tournament in 2009-10 and remained a national contender through Penn State hockey's structural shakeup in 2012. The 2011-12 squad won the ECHWL regular season championship and defeated NCAA Division I team Sacred Heart, as well as eventual ACHA national champion Northeastern.

Stroemel moved on after that season to join the staff of the newly-formed NCAA women's team at Penn State. Fung, meanwhile and with ACHA women's hockey's planned disappearance from the PSU landscape, was set to step away from things - until approached by former Lady Icers players seeking to reboot and continue the team's legacy, but also desperately in need of a coach.

Things certainly weren't easy during Fung's first year as a women's head coach. The team had to take what it could get in terms of ice time (minimal) and locker facilities (giant sheets draped from the rafters) while sharing the overcrowded, soon-to-be-closed Greenberg Ice Pavilion with several other teams and organizations. Penn State, in fact, did not play a single on-campus home game in 2012-13. Further complicating matters were attempts at scheduling late in the summer - the continued existence of the team was far from certain through most of the offseason - and a small roster.

Nevertheless, the re-christened Lady Ice Lions instantly became one of the top teams in ACHA Division 2, assembling a two-season record of 28-8-3 and consecutive appearances in the championship game at nationals. Along the way, Penn State defeated several of D2's top teams (notably, including then-defending national champion Wisconsin-Stout twice at the 2013 national tournament, once in double overtime) and won the 2013-14 College Hockey East regular season championship.

PSU returned to Division 1 in 2014-15, and filled the Lady Icers' familiar spot in the ECWHL, previously the team's conference from 2003 through 2012. Despite the uptick in competition, Fung's team kept winning.

The Lady Ice Lions' 17 wins that season were the fourth-best total ever by a Penn State team at the D1 level (and the most since 2006-07), and their invitation to the ACHA National Tournament marked three straight appearances overall, making Fung the only coach in PSU history to accomplish that feat. PSU's signature win in 2014-15 came on January 18, 2015 by a 4-3 count over top-ranked, defending national champion Miami. The victory snapped RedHawks unbeaten streaks of 31 games overall and 25 games at their home Goggin Ice Center.


Penn Staters also found great success individually during Fung's tenure. Five players have received All-American recognition eight times since 2012-13, most recently including Darby Kern, who became Penn State's second Division 1 first-teamer (and first since 2001-02) in 2014-15, then followed up with a second-team spot in 2015-16. Devon Fisk (2012-13 and 2013-14), Katie Vaughan (2012-13 and 2013-14), Mandy Mortach (2012-13) and Geneva Wagoner (2013-14) were also honored.

PSU is one of just two schools to have at least one player selected for every edition of the U.S. National University Women's Team, which has competed at the biennial World University Games tournament since 2011. Fung was a Lady Icers assistant when Vaughan, Denise Rohlik, Lindsay Reihl and Heather Rossi were on the 2011 squad, then the Lady Ice Lions' head coach for turns taken by Vaughan (2013), Madison Smiddy (2015) and Cassie Dunne (2017). Vaughan, the 2013 team's starting goalie, helped Team USA to a bronze medal in Trentino, Italy - the first modern-era medal won by any American squad - while Dunne captained the U.S. to a second bronze medal four years later in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

In addition to their podium finishes, Vaughan and Dunne both achieved an additional level of rare success. Vaughan became the first active ACHA player to win USA Hockey's Adult Player of the Year Award following the 2013-14 season, while Dunne recently signed with the National Women's Hockey League's Connecticut Whale, becoming just the third ACHA alumna to ink a deal in the first North American professional women's league to pay its players.

Fung's pupils have also proven notable off the ice. Thirteen of his players have met the qualifications for Academic All-American status, granted to upperclassmen who maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50, since the ACHA reinstated the honor in 2015-16. Two players have won national ACHA awards for their exploits outside of hockey, including Off-Ice MVP Mary Kate Tonetti in 2012-13 and Community Playmaker Kelly Watson in 2016-17. Watson chaired the team's record-breaking fundraising effort in support of Penn State's IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon last year.

A native of Hillsborough, NJ, Fung departs with an overall record of 57-55-8 as the Lady Ice Lions' head coach. He surpassed Stroemel as PSU's longest-tenured head coach in terms of both seasons and games last year, and jumped over Billie Willits, another of his mentors, to become the program's all-time winningest boss during the 2014-15 campaign.

Fung's ACHA Coaching Record:
Season Team Division W L T/OTL Pct.
2004-05
Penn State
Men's D2
26
7
0
0.788
2005-06
Penn State
Men's D2
26
6
0
0.813
2006-07
Penn State
Men's D2
24
7
1
0.766
2012-13
Penn State
Women's D2
9
4
1
0.679
2013-14
Penn State
Women's D2
19
4
2
0.800
2014-15
Penn State
Women's D1
17
8
2
0.667
2015-16
Penn State
Women's D1
5
20
2
0.222
2016-17
Penn State
Women's D1
7
19
1
0.278
Career
133
75
9
0.634

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Gettysburg College Transfer Emily Sheehan Joins Lady Ice Lions




The Lady Ice Lions have added to one of the best recruiting classes in program history with another late addition, junior transfer Emily Sheehan. She becomes PSU's first transfer who played sanctioned college games outside of the Penn State system since 2011-12.



EMILY SHEEHAN
Forward | Shoots Right | West Chester, PA | Gettysburg College

Prior to Penn State
Sheehan played for the ACHA Division 3 men's team at Gettysburg College in 2015-16 and 2016-17, helping the Bullets to third and fourth-place finishes in the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference's American South division. Prior to college, she skated for the Chester County Skating Club Cougars, a team notable for producing 2017 Lady Ice Lions graduate Lucy Yeatman. Sheehan's CCSC teams qualified for the Mid-Atlantic Women's Hockey Association's district championships for three consecutive seasons.

Personal
Emily Anne Sheehan was born on October 14, 1996 in West Chester, PA into a family that includes father John, a former hockey player at Fairfield University, as well as younger brother Michael and younger sister Claire. The English and political science double major - who plans to attend law school - was a Dean's List student at Gettysburg and, outside of hockey, is also a member of student organizations Ohana and College Republicans. Sheehan was an extremely accomplished softball player at her high school, Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, where she was a varsity starter and captain for three years. Her distinctions on the diamond included National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar-Athlete honors as a senior in 2014-15 and spots on the All-Main Line, Delaware County and Inter-Academic League teams.

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Penn State Adds Standout Defenseman Sydney Foy to Freshman Class




Penn State Lady Ice Lions coach Patrick Fung has announced the addition of Sydney Foy (Imperial, PA) to the Lady Ice Lions' 2017-18 freshman class, which now numbers seven in total.

"This is perhaps the best freshman class we've had in a while, not in size, but in substance," Fung previously said of the group as a whole. "They're tough, seasoned competitors. Several come from outstanding winning programs, but the common theme is that they're all extremely hard working and fearless hockey players. Every one of them is an academic standout and carries a diploma from an outstanding prep schools or a highly-ranked high schools."

"This class has the ability to rewrite most of our program records as a group."



SYDNEY FOY
Defense | Shoots Right | Imperial, PA | Steel City Selects 19U

Prior to Penn State
Foy played for the highly-regarded Steel City Selects program that is among the most successful in USA Hockey's Mid-American District at the Tier II level. Over the years, Foy helped Steel City to seven district titles and appearances at the USA Hockey National Championships, including two trips to the tournament semifinals. In 2016-17, her 19U team's defense play was particularly important to Steel City's usual nationals trip, with head coach Jeff Tindall describing Foy and blueline partner Ella Troy as "absolute warriors" and "really special players, who can play 45 minutes a game if you need them to." Foy also skated for her school team at West Allegheny High School, helping WA to a notable season in 2015-16: the Indians finished first in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League's Western Conference at the Class A level while reaching third in the state rankings, and won their first game in the Penguins Cup playoffs (the tournament for the western Pennsylvania championship) since 2012.

Personal
Sydney Marguerite Foy was born on March 3, 1999 in Toledo, OH to Paula Foy and has one brother, Bailey. She is a distinguished honors graduate of West Allegheny High School, where she was featured as a commencement speaker and also won the school's outstanding senior award for mathematics. Appropriately, given that latter honor, Foy plans on majoring in industrial engineering with the intent of going into engineering management after college.

Fung on Foy
"Sydney comes to us from the Steel City Selects, who have established themselves as one of the top Tier II programs in their district. We have a long line of players from SCS who, while not always their most celebrated, have always been high-character players who develop into difference makers, the backbone of our program. Sydney has an outstanding academic resume and despite opportunities to play NCAA Division III hockey, she chose school and career, enrolling in Penn State's top-ranked College of Engineering. She is a solid, all-situations defender who will be able to refine her game quickly to excel at this level."

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