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The Penn State Girls Ice Hockey Camp prides itself on attracting instructors from the best college and team programs in the nation to serve the needs of participants.

Head coach Josh Brandwene

Josh Brandwene

Josh Brandwene, who brings over 20 years of coaching and administrative experience at the international, collegiate and prep school levels, was named the first-ever head coach of the Penn State women's ice hockey team on May 31, 2011.

Brandwene led the Nittany Lions to the program's historic first win on Oct. 6, 2012 over Vermont in the team's first game. Additionally, he led the team to its first College Hockey America win over Lindenwood on Nov. 17, 2012.
Behind the bench, Brandwene's previous coaching experience included a stint as the assistant coach of Team USA's men's ice hockey team at the 2003 World University Games. He also served as head coach of the men's team at ACHA-power Delaware and the boys' coach at top New England prep program Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) School.

Brandwene most recently worked at the Kingsford Oxford School in West Haven, Conn., leading the boys' hockey team in 2010-11 after spending the two previous seasons at the helm of the girls' squad. During his tenure with the girls' program, Brandwene led the New England Division II prep school team to a runner-up finish at the Canterbury Invitational Tournament and four victories over Division I prep programs.

During his three-year stint with Northfield Mount Hermon (2004-07), Brandwene led the program to the 2005 New England Prep School Hockey Conference-East Championship.

Prior to coaching at the prep school level, Brandwene spent 10 years leading three different ACHA men's programs, beginning with a two-year stint as head coach at West Virginia (1994-96). He led the program to its first-ever bid to the national tournament and the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season championship in its first season in the league.

Brandwene then left the Mountaineers to become the head coach and director of youth hockey programs at Delaware. During his seven-year stint, he led the team to three straight ECHA titles and seven consecutive national tournament appearances. In 2001, Delaware advanced to the national championship game and appeared in the semifinals a year later.

After serving as an assistant coach for Team USA at the World University Games, Brandwene spent the 2003-04 season at the University of Michigan Dearborn. He led the program to a 20-win season and collected the 200th win of his ACHA coaching career.

Brandwene began his coaching career immediately after graduating in 1991 when he became the head coach at Farmington (Conn.) High School. In three seasons (1991-94), Brandwene led the program to its first state tournament berth in five years and a trip to the semifinals in his second season.

Asst coach Gina Kearns

Gina Kearns

Assistant coach Gina Kearns was introduced as an assistant coach on June 21, 2011. She has helped head coach Josh Brandwene in developing Penn State's offense during its inaugural 2012-13 campaign.

"I am incredibly excited to have Gina in the Penn State hockey family. Gina's experience as a player in the first four years of a brand new college program (Boston University), her oustanding leadership ability and coaching experience make her a terrific member of the staff. She is a fantastic role model for the women in our program."

Prior to Penn State, Kearns spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Neumann University, where she helped lead the team to a 16-7-4 record in 2010-11.

At Boston University, the Norwood, Pa., native was a member of the university's first NCAA Division I team. She became the program's all-time leading scorer as she notched 52 goals and 50 assists during her four-year career. Kearns was the first Terrier to tally more than 50 goals and 100 points and was the only three-year captain in school history.

Kearns led Princeton Tiger Lilies to a bronze medal at 2005 USA Hockey U-19 Nationals. She played boys' ice hockey at Interboro High School, where she was a senior captain, and totaled 121 points in 51 games, including 81 goals.

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