Penn State Nittany Lions
|Penn State Nittany Lions|
|University||Pennsylvania State University|
|Athletic director||Sandy Barbour|
|Location||State College, PA|
|Football stadium||Beaver Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Bryce Jordan Center|
|Ice hockey arena||Pegula Ice Arena|
|Baseball stadium||Medlar Field at Lubrano Park|
|Soccer stadium||Jeffrey Field|
|Lacrosse stadium||Penn State Lacrosse Field|
|Other arenas||Penn State Golf Courses
Penn State Ice Pavilion
|Nickname||Nittany Lions and Lady Lions|
|Fight song||Fight On, State|
The Penn State Nittany Lions (Lady Lions for women's basketball only) are the athletic teams of Pennsylvania State University. The school colors are blue and white. The school mascot is the Nittany Lion. The Intercollegiate Athletics Logo was commissioned in 1983.
Penn State participates in the NCAA Division I FBS and in the Big Ten Conference for most sports. Penn State is one of only 15 universities in the nation that plays Division I FBS football and Division I men's ice hockey. Two sports participate in different conferences because they are not sponsored by the Big Ten: men's volleyball in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) and women's ice hockey in College Hockey America. The fencing teams operate as independents.
Penn State has finished in the top 25 in every NACDA Director's Cup final poll, a feat only matched by nine other institutions: Stanford, UCLA, USC, Florida, Ohio State, Texas, North Carolina, and Michigan. The NACDA Director's Cup is a list compiled by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics that charts institutions' overall success in college sports. Penn State's highest finish came in the 1998-1999 standings when the Nittany Lions finished 3rd. PSU finished in 5th place in the 2013-14 standings; it was the fifth time the program finished in the top 5 and the tenth time the program finished in the top 10.
- 1 Current varsity sports programs
- 1.1 Basketball
- 1.2 Cross Country
- 1.3 Fencing
- 1.4 Field Hockey
- 1.5 Football
- 1.6 Gymnastics
- 1.7 Ice Hockey
- 1.8 Lacrosse
- 1.9 Soccer
- 1.10 Track and Field
- 1.11 Volleyball
- 1.12 Wrestling
- 2 Team Sports
- 3 Intercollegiate club sports
- 4 National Championships
- 5 Big Ten championships
- 6 Other Conference Championships
- 7 Olympians
- 8 Facilities
- 9 Penn State All-Sports Museum
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Current varsity sports programs
Penn State's men's basketball program reached the Final Four once in 1954, though the best postseason finish in recent years occurred in 2001 with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament after a win over UNC in the round of 32. The most recent postseason championship for Penn State was the 2009 National Invitation Tournament on April 2, 2009. Penn State outscored Baylor 69-63 to capture its first men's basketball national title in school history and its second postseason tournament title since winning the Atlantic-10 Tournament in 1991. The Nittany Lions lost in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the team's most recent postseason appearance.
Notable alumni include: Frank Brickowski, John Amaechi, Calvin Booth, Mike Costello, Stanley Pringle, Geary Claxton, Jamelle Cornley
Patrick Chambers is in his third year as head coach at Penn State with the 2013-2014 season.
The Lady Lions, the Penn State women's basketball team and the only athletic team not known as "Nittany Lions," have had more success than their male counterparts, often gaining berths into the women's NCAA tournament, reaching the Final Four once in 2000. The Lady Lions have reached the NCAA tournament more than any other Big Ten team with 25 appearances as of 2014. The Lady Lions have won 8 Big Ten Regular Season Championships and 2 Big Ten Tournament Championships. The most recent postseason championship won by Penn State was the 1998 Women's National Invitation Tournament.
The men's cross country team won NCAA titles in 1942, 1947 and 1950. Before the NCAA began sponsoring the cross country championship in 1938, and unlike today, the annual ICAAAA meet was a premier national championship event for track and field and cross country. The team won ICAAAA championships in 1926, 1927, 1928 and 1930. Penn State runners won the individual ICAAAA titles in 1920 (John Romig), 1927 and 1928 (William Cox, consecutively). PSU men also won ICAAAA team titles in 1950, 1951, 1960 and 2000, as well as individual crowns in 1938, 1946, 1987 and 2004.
Penn State is a fencing powerhouse, winning a record 13 national championships in the sport since the NCAA began awarding titles in combined men's and women's fencing in 1990. The team has finished as champion or runner-up in 21 of the 25 years of the combined tournament. The program won 6 consecutive NCAA Championships from 1995 to 2000.
Emmanuil G. Kaidanov is the highly regarded coach of the fencing squads. The women's fencing team won national AIAW titles in 1980 and 1981, followed by an NCAA championship in 1983. The team recruits both nationally and throughout the globe and often has a number of highly touted international fencers.
The women's field hockey team is coached by Char Morett, a former Penn State Field Hockey player herself.
Penn State is one of the premier programs in the nation with 28 NCAA Tournament appearances, the third most in the nation. Since joining the Big Ten in 1992, the Nittany Lions have been dominant with more Big Ten Tournament titles than any other team and the second most regular season titles behind Michigan.
In 2007, the women's Field Hockey team reached the National Championship game, but fell to undefeated UNC, 3-0. In their tournament run, they were able to defeat two time defending champion Maryland, 1-0, and defending national runner-up Wake Forest, 2-0. Jen Long was nominated for the Honda Award for her efforts. They also finished as NCAA runner ups in 2002, losing to Wake Forest in the title game 2-0 after defeating Old Dominion 3-2 in the semifinals. 2002 marked the first time Penn State reached the NCAA Finals and second time reaching the Final Four. The team won the AIAW national championships in 1980 and 1981. In 2011 the women's field hockey team won its fifth ever Big Ten title after defeating Michigan 3-2, and first since 1998 when they again defeated Michigan 3-1.
Penn State has a large football following and attracts tens of thousands of visitors to its campus; the surrounding area is known as "Happy Valley" for tailgating and games on autumn Saturdays in Beaver Stadium. The largest crowd ever at Beaver Stadium was on September 14, 2002, as 110,753 people watched the Nittany Lions defeat the University of Nebraska by a score of 40-7. The school has earned a reputation as "Linebacker U" for the number of high-quality linebackers trained. Joe Paterno was the head coach for the Nittany Lion football team from 1966 until he was fired on November 9, 2011, in the aftermath of the Penn State sex abuse scandal. He was regarded as one of the most successful national coaches, holding the record for wins and bowl appearance. Penn State plays in two football "trophy games" with other members of the Big Ten. They are for the Governor's Victory Bell with the University of Minnesota and the Land Grant Trophy game versus Michigan State University.
Prior to joining the Big Ten, Penn State was one of the strongest of the independent schools in college football. They played a number of schools regularly, including Pitt, Syracuse, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Maryland and Alabama. Penn State has won the prestigious Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy, awarded for Eastern football supremacy, a record 29 times as of 2013. Penn State has also been named the ECAC FBS Team of the Year for a record 13th time.
Penn State won consensus National Championships in 1982 and 1986, both under Coach Paterno. The 1986 team won by defeating the University of Miami in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl, which remains the most watched college football game in history. The school has had a number of other undefeated teams including 1909, 1911, 1912, 1920, 1921, 1947, 1968, 1969, 1973 and 1994, some of which have been awarded national championships from various sources. Penn State has the best winning percentage of any school in bowl games with a record of 26–12–2.
Penn State is also among the leaders nationwide in terms of players advancing to the professional level. As of 2006, 29 former Penn State players and coaches were on the rosters of NFL teams, the tenth-highest such placement rate in the country. Penn State has been represented in at least one of the teams participating in the Super Bowl 37 of the 41 times the championship game has been played.
A recent report indicated that Penn State's football program ranks 12th nationwide in terms of economic contributions to each program's university, athletic department, conference, and community. The report, based on ticket sales, sponsorships, football program expenses, athletic department expenses (non-football), shared conference profits, and county revenue figures during home football games, revealed that the Nittany Lions are presently worth roughly US$63 million.
In July 2012, the NCAA announced several punitive measures as a result of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. In addition to vacating all wins between 1998 and 2011, Penn State has been banned from post-season play for four years and the number of scholarships available has been reduced. Players were free to transfer during the 2012 season without sitting out a year until they played in a game and were then required to sit out a year.
In 2007, the men's gymnastics team won their NCAA record 14th national championship, by defeating powerhouse Oklahoma at Rec Hall, with the score of 221.000-220.200, denying them a threepeat. The women's team won the AIAW national championship twice, in 1978 and 1980, edging out other dominant teams like Cal State-Fullerton and Utah.
Men's Ice Hockey
Aside from five years in the 1940s, the men's ice hockey program has had varsity status since the 2012-13 season. The team plays in the Pegula Ice Arena and competed as an independent Division I team in the 2012-2013 season. In the 2013-2014 season, the team began play in the Big Ten conference's first year of sponsorship of men's ice hockey.
Before becoming a varsity program, the men's ice hockey team, the Icers, competed at the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men's Division I level and was a member of the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL) from 2007-08 through 2010-11. Penn State won seven DI National Championships (five as a member of the ACHA) in 1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. The Division II men's hockey team were champions of the University Hockey League during the 2003-04 and 2001-02 seasons; they were runners-up during the 2002-03, 2000–01, and 1998-99 seasons.
Women's Ice Hockey
The women's program moved to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level beginning in the 2012-13 season and joined College Hockey America, becoming the fifth member of the conference. The team also plays in the Pegula Ice Arena.
Before becoming a varsity program, the women's ice hockey team, the Lady Icers, competed at the ACHA Women's Division I level in the Eastern Collegiate Women's Hockey League (ECWHL).
The Penn State women's lacrosse teams have won two NCAA titles, in addition to three United States Women's Lacrosse Association championships in 1978, 1979 and 1980.
The Penn State men's lacrosse team dates to 1913 and made recent headlines with their hiring of Cornell coach Jeff Tambroni. Penn State has appeared in three NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament, including in 2003, 2005, and 2013.
Penn State has had seven alumni inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, including Mary McCarthy Stefano, Gillian D. Rattray, Barb Jordan, Betsy Williams Dougherty, Candace Finn Rocha, and Thomas R. Hayes.
Before the NCAA began its tournament in 1959, the annual national champion was declared by the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association from 1926 to 1958, the result of polls and the subjective opinion of the ISFA administrators. In that time, Penn State shared eight national championships and was selected three times as champion outright (1929, 1938, 1954). The rival College Soccer Bowl was held from 1950-1952 in an attempt to decide a national champion on the field. Penn State gained a last-minute tie in the 1950 championship final. The team won in 1951; however, the ISFA failed to select Penn State that year.
Women's soccer has also been particularly strong, as the program has won 15 straight Big Ten Championships through the 2012 season. The team capped its 2010 Big Ten season with four straight wins including a last-minute 1-0 double-overtime victory over Michigan on November 7. The 15 consecutive Big Ten titles is an all-time Big Ten record for women's teams, surpassing the 12 by Michigan swimming & diving of the 1990s. Currently, PSU is ahead of Northwestern's women's tennis squad, which obtained its 14th straight title in 2011.
Track and Field
Before the NCAA began sponsoring a national championship in 1965, the men's indoor track and field team won ICAAAA titles in 1942 and 1959. PSU men also won ICAAAA team titles in 1984, 1987, 2001, 2003 and 2006.
Penn State is home to one of the top men's and women's volleyball programs. Penn State is one of only 5 schools—and the only school not in California—to win a NCAA Championship for both men and women's volleyball, the others being Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Long Beach State.
The men's volleyball team is coached by Mark Pavlik. The program has won two NCAA National Championships in 1994 and 2008 and 16 EIVA titles out of 17 years, including 10 consecutive. They finished as NCAA National runners-up in 1982, 1995 and 2006, to UCLA each time (twice at Rec Hall). They reached the NCAA final four 24 times including 13 out of the last 14 years through the 2008 season and an NCAA record 10 consecutive (1998–2008).
The men's first national title came in 1994, when they beat powerhouse UCLA in five sets after being down 11-4 in the fourth set and then winning the fourth 15-12 and the fifth with the same score. The win made Penn State the first school outside of California in the then-24 year history to win an NCAA Men's volleyball championship. They won the NCAA title again in 2008, defeating Pepperdine 3-1. With the win, Penn State men and women's programs swept the volleyball championships in the same academic year, joining Stanford from 1996-97 to be the only schools to accomplish the rare feat.
Pavlik was named the 2008 AVCA National Coach of the Year.
The women's volleyball team is coached by Russ Rose, who, since his first season in 1979, has led the Lions to a record of 1,033-164, an .863 winning percentage, which ranks first in NCAA history. Rose has won 1,033 of the program's 1,084 total wins. On December 17, 2009, Rose earned his 1,000th career victory with a win against Hawaiʻi in the 2009 NCAA National Semifinals. In all 32 seasons except for 2001 under Rose, there have been at least 1 All-American on his team.
The program is one of only two DI universities to appear in every NCAA tournament (1981–2010). They have won seven NCAA National Championships, the most all-time, in 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014. They were the national runners-up in 1993, 1997, and 1998 and also reached the Final Four in 1994 and 2012.
The Women's team holds a five NCAA records. They hold the NCAA record for consecutive matches won, when they broke USC's record of 52 straight on November 14, 2008 with a sweep of Illinois. As of the end of the 2009 season, the streak stood at 102 wins. The Lions won their first 7 matches of the 2010 season, before the streak was finally snapped on September 11, 2010 against Stanford in Gainesville, Florida at a record 109 wins. They have won 24 consecutive postseason games covering their four consecutive National Championships from 2007-2010. In 2008, they became the first women's volleyball program in Division I, II, or III, to go through the regular season without losing a single set. Penn State broke the NCAA record of consecutive sets won, winning 111 sets in a row up until the third set of the 2008 NCAA National Semifinals. The previous record was 105 set by Florida in 2003. In 2009, they became the first Division I team to win three straight NCAA titles, and also became the first team to win two straight NCAA titles with undefeated seasons, as they went 38-0 in 2008 & 2009.
The Lions had an unprecedented success when Penn State was in the Atlantic 10 conference, as they won the title all 8 years without losing a single conference match before joining the Big Ten. In the Big Ten, they have won 14 titles since 1991, including a conference record 8 straight (2003–10). During Big Ten play, they have had a perfect 20-0 conference record 6 times (1998, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009), more than any other Big Ten school who have accomplished the feat combined. They also received Big Ten Freshman of the Year 8 of the 9 past seasons (2002–07, 2009–10), the Big Ten Player of the Year 6 straight seasons (2005–10) and became the first school in Big Ten history to sweep all 4 major Big Ten honors (2005).
Before joining the Big Ten, Penn State was a member of the Eastern Wrestling League from 1976 to 1992. Before that, Penn State was a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA).
In April 2005, Penn State broke ground on a construction project designed to expand and modernize Rec Hall for the students, faculty, and staff who use the facility. As part of this renovation, Intercollegiate Athletics created the Lorenzo Wrestling Complex that ranks among the nation's finest facilities in the sport.
In 2012, three members of the wrestling team finished one-two-three in the voting for the Dan Hodge Trophy, college wrestling's equivalent to the Heisman Trophy: sophomore David Taylor, sophomore Ed Ruth, and senior Frank Molinaro. Penn State Wrestling has won 5 team NCAA National Wrestling Championships (1953, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), four in the past four years, greatly because of new head coach Cael Sanderson, who started coaching for the program in 2009.
With final college accomplishments having a record of 159–0, 4 NCAA titles, 3 Dan Hodge Trophy awards, 4-time NCAA Outstanding Wrestler, and 4-time Big 12 Conference Champion under Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson, from 2011 to 2013, he is considered to be among the best college wrestling coaches of all time, even though he finished 2nd this past wrestling season with 19% of the vote for Best Head Coach to Oklahoma State University Coach John Smith (wrestler) who received 21% of the vote. However, Cael Sanderson did receive a unanimous voting for number 1 in the Greatest Collegiate Wrestler of All-Time by a 67% of the vote, placed by the Division 1 College Wrestling Coaches Poll. The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, under the guidance of head coach Cael Sanderson, won its fourth straight NCAA Wrestling Championship in 2014, continuing a run of dominance that began in Philadelphia in 2011. The Nittany Lions also crowned two NCAA Individual National Champions as Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), and Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) each claimed titles.
Penn State offers a program of "team sports," programs that have not been granted full varsity status, but are members of the Athletic Department and receive greater support than club sports. Penn State team sports "compete nationally at the highest level." Rugby (men's and women's) has been a team sport since 2005. Ice Hockey (men's and women's) was a team sport from 2005 until 2011, and has since been elevated to varsity status.
The Penn State rugby program is classified by the university as a "Team Sport" within Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics Department, and therefore receives university support (paid coaches, facilities, health insurance, etc.) equivalent to a varsity program. As of 2011, Penn State rugby was funded 52% by alumni donations, 32% by player dues, and 16% by university contribution.
Penn State rugby was founded in 1962 and plays in Division 1-A. Penn State has been one of the most successful programs in college rugby. Penn State advanced to the national semifinals 10 times from 1989 to 2007, and reached the finals 5 times from 1989 to 2001. With 76 registered players, Penn State was ranked as the largest college rugby program in the United States in 2009. Penn State is coached by Don Ferrell.
The women's rugby team also fields a perennial competitive side, winning national titles in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Most recently, in 2014 the Penn State Women's team won their 9th Collegiate National Championship, with a 58-0 semifinal victory over West Chester University, and a 38-0 triumph in the Championship match against Stanford.
Penn State has appeared in three consecutive editions (2010–2012) of the Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC). The CRC is played every year in June at PPL Park in Philadelphia, and is the highest profile college rugby sevens tournament in the US, broadcast on NBC. In the 2011 CRC, Penn State beat Ohio State in a 12-10 match to qualify for the quarterfinals, where Penn State lost to eventual champions Dartmouth 7-12.
Penn State has been successful in other rugby sevens competitions. For example, Penn State won the 2011 Subaru 7s tournament, and won the 2012 Halloween 7s tournament led by tournament MVP Blaze Feury. Penn State finished second at the 2012 Big Ten 7s, losing to Wisconsin in the final, and missing out on qualification for the 2012 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships.
Intercollegiate club sports
The university is home to a number of intercollegiate club sports that the university doesn't field at the NCAA level, and/or sports not sponsored by the NCAA.
Penn State fields an intercollegiate club rowing team that competes on the national level. The team has participated several regatta events, including the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta and the American Collegiate Rowing Association national championship.
Cross country, is a member of the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association. The Penn State Cross Country Club Women's Team Won NIRCA National Championships in 2009 and 2010.
Penn State Club Gymnastics participates in NAIGC (National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs) competition. In recent history both the men's and women's teams have had great success including National titles from the men in 2009 and 2010. The women have had similar success with top 5 finishes every year since 2009. 
In addition to the varsity men's and women's ice hockey teams, PSU fields a men's club team in American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 2 and the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association, as well as a women's club team in American Collegiate Hockey Association Women's Division 1 and the Eastern Collegiate Women's Hockey League.
The PSU Roller Hockey team competes in National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association at the NCRHA Division I level. The team is a Division I member of the Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (ECRHA). Penn State also fields a team in the B Division of the NCRHA and ECRHA. The PSU B team won the NCRHA B Division Championship in 2010, the university's first national title in roller hockey.
Penn State also fields a competitive club swim team that competes throughout the school year. With a membership of 100+, including all talents from former D1 swimmers to beginners, it is one of the more popular club sports at Penn State. This past year the team finished 4th out of 50+ teams at the 2013 East Coast Collegiate Swim and Dive Club National Championships at Georgia Tech.
Penn State's team, named SPANK, competes in the USA Ultimate College Series at the D-1 level. They are in the Ohio Valley region, and face rival University of Pittsburgh at the regional championship every year. The B-team, Love Tap, also competes at the D-1 level, and serves as a developmental team for SPANK.
National Team Championships
As of July 2nd, 2014, Penn State University has 45 NCAA team national championships.
- Men's (23):
- Women's (10):
- Co-ed (13)
- Fencing (13): 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014
- see also:
Below are the 26 National team titles that are not recognized by the NCAA:
- Boxing (4): 1924, 1927, 1929, 1930
- Football (2): 1982, 1986
- Soccer (11): 1926, 1929, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1949, 1954, 1955
- Wrestling (1): 1921
- Bowling (1): 1979
- Fencing (2): 1980, 1981
- Field Hockey (2): 1980, 1981
- Lacrosse (3): 1978, 1979, 1980
Penn State has won 74 national team championships all time, 46 of which are NCAA championships. The 46 Division I NCAA championships ranks fifth all time, trailing only UCLA, Stanford, USC, and Oklahoma State. Penn State has the most national championships of any Big Ten school. Most of the women's championships prior to 1982 occurred under the auspices of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW); indeed, four women's teams won AIAW national championships in 1980 alone. The NCAA did not start sponsoring women's championships until the 1981-82 academic year. Some of the men's championships occurred prior to the NCAA sponsoring a championship in that sport (for example, the NCAA did not start sponsoring a men's soccer championship until 1959) and some sports have never had recognized NCAA championships (such as Division I-A football).
Big Ten championships
Since joining the Big Ten in 1991, Penn State has won 89 total championships.
Big Ten Championships
- 1992-93 - Women's Volleyball*
- 1993-94 - Women's Basketball*, Field Hockey, Men's Soccer, Women's Volleyball
- 1994-95 - Women's Basketball*, Football
- 1995-96 - Baseball
- 1996-97 - Women's Volleyball*
- 1997-98 - Field Hockey*, Women's Volleyball*
- 1998-99 - Field Hockey, Women's Soccer, Men's Swimming & Diving, Women's Volleyball
- 1999-00 - Women's Basketball, Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball
- 2000-01 - Women's Soccer
- 2001-02 - Women's Soccer, Women's Swimming & Diving
- 2002-03 - Women's Basketball, Men's Gymnastics, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer
- 2003-04 - Women's Basketball, Women's Soccer, Women's Indoor Track & Field, Women's Volleyball
- 2004-05 - Women's Soccer, Women's Swimming & Diving, Women's Volleyball
- 2005-06 - Field Hockey, Football*, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Women's Swimming & Diving, Women's Volleyball
- 2006-07 - Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball
- 2007-08 - Men's Gymnastics, Women's Soccer, Women's Outdoor Track & Field, Women's Volleyball
- 2008-09 - Field Hockey, Football*, Women's Soccer, Women's Outdoor Track & Field, Women's Volleyball
- 2009-10 - Women's Cross Country, Women's Soccer, Women's Indoor Track & Field, Women's Outdoor Track & Field, Women's Volleyball,
- 2010-11 - Women's Soccer*, Women's Volleyball
- 2011-12 - Women's Basketball, Women's Soccer, Wrestling
- 2012-13 - Women's Basketball, Field Hockey, Men's Soccer*, Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball,
- 2013-14 - Women's Basketball*, Field Hockey*, Men's Soccer, Women's Indoor Track & Field, Women's Outdoor Track & Field, Women's Volleyball, Wrestling*
- 2014-15 - Women's Soccer
* denotes shared regular season conference title
Big Ten Tournament Championships
- 1994-95 - Women's Basketball
- 1995-96 - Field Hockey, Women's Basketball
- 1996-97 - Field Hockey
- 1997-98 - Field Hockey
- 1998-99 - Field Hockey, Women's Soccer
- 2000-01 - Women's Soccer
- 2001-02 - Women's Soccer
- 2006-07 - Women's Soccer
- 2008-09 - Women's Soccer
- 2010-11 - Wrestling
- 2011-12 - Field Hockey, Wrestling
- 2012-13 - Field Hockey, Wrestling
- 2013-14 - Wrestling
Other Conference Championships
Of Penn State's 29 varsity athletic programs, several programs are not sponsored by the Big Ten and compete in other conferences.
- EIVA: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Most recently, five former Penn State student-athletes earned medals in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Women's volleyball stars Megan Hodge and Christa Harmotto earned silver medals after falling to Brazil in the gold-medal match. Additionally, women's soccer players Erin McLeod and Carmelina Moscato came home with bronze medals playing for the Canada women's national soccer team. Finally, Natalie Dell earned Penn State's first rowing medal with her bronze-medal performance in the women's quadruple sculls. Penn State sent 19 participants to the summer games, a school record.
The football team plays in the aforementioned Beaver Stadium. The men's and women's basketball teams play in the Bryce Jordan Center. Most of the other indoor teams play at Rec Hall, which was previously the long term home for the basketball teams as well. The school also is home to the Ashenfelter Multi-Sport Facility for indoor track. Other indoor facilities include Lasch Building & Holuba Hall for football; White Building houses gymnastics & fencing; and the Lorenzo Wrestling Complex is within Rec Hall.
A new baseball stadium named Medlar Field at Lubrano Park opened in June 2006. The stadium is host to both the University baseball team as well as the State College Spikes, a minor league baseball team. The ballpark is oriented towards the east, offering a view of Mount Nittany. The softball team plays at its new home, the Nittany Lion Softball Park, which opened in 2011. Jeffrey Field is home to the soccer program. The lacrosse teams play at the Penn State Lacrosse Field which opened in 2012 next to the Ashenfelter Multi-Sport Facility. The hockey teams both play at the Pegula Ice Arena. The field hockey team plays at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex which is located adjacent to Bigler Field, and opened in 2005.
Additionally, the university operates the Penn State Golf Courses, two courses for the golf teams, students, faculty, and the general public. The Intercollegiate Athletics Department operates the Stone Valley Recreation Area, approximately twenty miles southeast of State College.
Penn State All-Sports Museum
The Penn State All-Sports Museum, a museum honoring all Penn State Nittany Lion athletes, is located near Gate B of Beaver Stadium. The upper level of the museum is dedicated to Penn State basketball and other indoor sports, while the lower level of the museum is dedicated to outdoor sports. The football exhibit on the lower level features a Heisman Trophy—won by John Cappelletti—and a collection of several other trophies and awards, in addition to honoring the Penn State football team, the Penn State Blue Band, Penn State Cheerleading, and the student athletes who have portrayed the Nittany Lion mascot. The museum opened in February 2002.
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