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Coaching StaffCharlene Morett: The longest tenured coach in the Big Ten and the sixth-longest tenured at a single school in Division I field hockey history, Charlene Morett-Curtiss enters her 28th season as head coach of the Penn State field hockey program in 2014. Morett-Curtiss boasts a remarkable resume covering her time as the leader of the Nittany Lions. Over the last six years, Morett-Curtiss has led the Nittany Lions to three Big Ten regular season titles, two Big Ten Tournament championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Morett-Curtiss currently ranks fifth all-time in Division I history in wins with 458 and is one of just six DI coaches to accumulate 400 career wins. She has led the Nittany Lions to the NCAA Tournament in 24 of her 27 years as head coach of Penn State and has helped maintain Penn State's distinction as the No. 3 ranked school in all-time NCAA Tournament appearances with 29.
A seven-time NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year, Morett-Curtiss is an excellent teacher of field hockey. Her players earn national recognition on a yearly basis, 11 of whom have been named two-time first team All-Americans with Kelsey Amy being the most recent. Her teams dominate the national scene, consistently ranking among the Top 10 in the national polls. Penn State was ranked in the Top 10 of the STX/NFHCA poll for 32 consecutive weeks from the first poll of the 2005 season ending with the second poll of 2008. The squad achieved a No. 1 ranking in the STX/NFHCA poll for the first time in program history. From 2005-08, Penn State finished eighth, sixth, ninth and 11th respectively, in the final poll of the season.
Under Morett-Curtiss' tutelage, five of her players have been named Big Ten Athlete of the Year -- Traci Anselmo, Jen Coletta, Heather Gorlaski, Tracey Larson and Kiley Kulina. Six players have been voted the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year -- Natalie Berrena, Dawn Lammey, Larson, Tara Maguire, Allison Scola and Kelsey Amy. In 2012 and 2013, Brittany Grzywacz was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, earning the ninth and 10th Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors from Penn State, joining Anselmo, Gorlaski, Becca Main, Jill Martz, Jill Pearsall and Jen Long. Long, Anselmo and Grzywacz are the only Lions to be named Defensive Player of the Year twice.
Since Penn State's entry into the Big Ten in 1992, Morett's program has produced more First Team All-Big Ten selections, Big Ten Defensive Players of the Year, Big Ten Athletes of the Year and Big Ten Freshmen of the Year than any other program. Penn State's 10 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honorees are five more than any other school.
A number of Morett-Curtiss' players - past and present - have played at an elite level with the United States program, with Larson earning a spot on the U.S. National Team for three consecutive seasons. Another former Nittany Lion, Eleanor Stone, has been on the national team for a total of seven different seasons. Seven former players have competed on the U.S. National Team, with several others playing on various levels of national teams. Recent graduates Long and Scola were three-year members of the U.S. Under-21 National Team. Both Long and Wood trained with the U.S. National Team in Chula Vista, Calif. while Scola went on an exhibition tour of Argentina with the U-21 team. In the spring of 2007, Long and Scola represented the U.S. on the U-21 team's tour of China. Morett-Curtiss attended with them as the Chef de Mission for U.S. Field Hockey. Additionally, Long and Scola, along with All-America alum Larson, helped the East team capture the U.S. Open Regional Championship in the summer of 2007. Gebhart, a member on this year's Penn State squad, is the latest Nittany Lion to rise through the ranks at the national level. She has competed for the U.S. at the Junior World Cup in Germany in the summer of 2013 and was named to the 2013-14 U.S. National Team in May 2013.
Lisa Bervinchak-Love: Lisa Bervinchak-Love, one of the top players in Penn State field hockey history, is entering her 20th year on the sideline under head coach Charlene Morett.
During her time at Penn State, she has assisted on several highly successful teams, including a pair of teams that reached the NCAA National Championship game in 2002 and 2007, a 2005 team that won 17-straight games and each of Penn State's six Big Ten Tournament Champion teams. Bervinchak-Love has been on the sideline for a total of 15 NCAA Tournament appearances by the Nittany Lions and for six Big Ten regular season championships (1997, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013).
As a player, Bervinchak-Love, who played three years for the Nittany Lions after transferring from Villanova following her freshman campaign, scored 28 goals in her career. She was also a vocal leader as an All-American captain. As a senior co-captain, she led the team in scoring with 12 goals and three assists and was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team. She scored two of the Lions' goals at the 1988 Atlantic 10 Conference semifinals and was an All-Tournament selection. Following her graduation in 1989, Love continued to play field hockey at the national level. In 1991, she helped her team win a silver medal at the Olympic Sports Festival in Los Angeles.
Stuart Smith: Stuart Smith enters his fifth season on staff with the Penn State field hockey team in 2014, serving his third year as assistant coach after being promoted following the 2011 season. Smith, a former goalkeeper, specializes in game analysis and field player and goalkeeper coaching.
A native of Wamberal, New South Wales, Australia, Smith came to the United States as part of an International Exchange Program. He enrolled in the prestigious Ohio State International Turf Grass Management Program where he graduated in 2008. Smith enjoyed four years working at The Breakers, Palm Beach in Florida, where he was an assistant golf course superintendent of The Breakers, Rees Jones and Ocean Courses.
Smith's hockey career spans 20 years to date. He started as a young player, advancing to compete at the state and national level in Australia. He has represented his region of the Central Coast as well as his state of New South Wales. He has competed with players of the Australian National Team as well as players of other national teams. For his sporting and community achievements, Smith was rewarded with the opportunity to run the Olympic Torch in the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney.
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