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Patrick Fung


Patrick Fung, who has a decade and a half of experience in Penn State hockey as both a player and a coach, is in his fifth season guiding the PSU Women's Ice Hockey Club.

The 2014 winner of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Women's Division 2 Coach of the Year Award has helped orchestrate the team's rapid climb in the ACHA after returning as a new program following the move of the school's previous ACHA program to the NCAA Division I ranks in 2012.

In 2012-13, he coached the team to a 9-4-1 mark while overcoming numerous challenges - scarce ice time and locker facilities during the Greenberg Ice Pavilion's final season, scheduling as a late-arriving independent, building a roster from scratch - as well as a second place finish at the ACHA National Tournament, a new high water mark for any Penn State women's hockey program. En route to the national championship game, PSU defeated top-seeded Alaska, defending national champion Wisconsin-Stout (twice) and North Dakota State before falling to West Chester in the final.

Fung and the team followed their surprise appearance in the 2013 national championship game with a 14-2-2 regular season in 2013-14, while also winning the College Hockey East women’s regular season championship and holding the top poll position in the East Region for three of the four ranking periods.

At the 2014 ACHA National Tournament, Penn State swept its pool, defeating Alaska, Delaware and North Dakota State, then beat familiar opponent California in the semifinals before falling to Iowa State 1-0 in the national championship game. Of equal note, Fung’s team posted a fall term GPA of 3.45, with 11 of 20 players making the Dean’s List (requiring a GPA of 3.5 of greater), two of whom carried perfect 4.0 marks.

A return to ACHA Division 1 and the Eastern Collegiate Women's Hockey League (the division and conference occupied by PSU's previous ACHA program from 2000 through 2012 and 2003 through 2012, respectively) followed for the 2014-15 season, which saw the Lady Ice Lions hit even greater heights. Among the squad's notable accomplishments:
  • 17 wins, equaling the fourth-best total ever for a Penn State program in ACHA D1, and representing a high water mark since 2006-07
  • An invitation to D1's ACHA National Tournament, PSU's seventh trip overall but just the third since 2004
  • A 4-3 defeat of top-ranked, defending D1 national champion Miami on January 18, 2015, a result that snapped RedHawks unbeaten streaks of 31 (overall) and 25 (at MU's Goggin Ice Center) games
Additionally, the Lady Ice Lions' three consecutive nationals appearances when combining Divisions 1 and 2 are bested only by the four-in-a-row run from 2000-01 through 2003-04.

Under Fung's watch, five different players have received All-American recognition eight times. Forward Darby Kern 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. Goaltender Katie Vaughan and forward Geneva Wagoner received Division 2 first-team nods in 2013-14, while forward Devon Fisk joined them on the second team. Vaughan, Fisk and Mandy Mortach were All-American Honorable Mention in 2012-13. Vaughan, Fisk and defenseman Tara Soukup were first team All-ACHA Tournament in 2014, while Fisk (first team) and Vaughan (second team) also received recognition in 2013.

Two pupils have been picked for the U.S. National University Team that competes at the biennial Winter World University Games tournament, including Vaughan (2013) and defenseman Madison Smiddy (2015), with the former helping Team USA to a bronze medal in Trentino, Italy. The Fung-era individual awards haul also includes forward/goaltender Mary Kate Tonetti, ACHA Division 2's Off Ice MVP in 2012-13.

After playing hockey at Penn State and a stint in a non-hockey career, Fung returned to PSU and was the head coach of the school's men's ACHA Division 2 team from 2004 through 2007, earning bids to the ACHA National Tournament each year. He also served as an assistant coach under longtime Penn State ACHA Men’s Division 1 coaches Joe Battista and Scott Balboni, as well as ACHA Women’s Division 1 coach Mo Stroemel, from 2004 through 2012. During this time, men’s D1 team earned six of its 21 consecutive ACHA National Tournament bids, with national championship game appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2007, while the women's team appeared in the 2010 national tournament.

A native of Hillsborough, NJ, Patrick lives in State College, PA and is active with local youth hockey and high school organizations and has worked with Penn State and the Mid-Am District hockey camps for over ten years.

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
Career
126
56
8
0.684