entered her sixth season at the helm of the Penn State women's soccer program in 2012. Walsh's 2011 squad was her most dominant, winning 21 of 26 matches, while out-scoring opponents 70-24. The Nittany Lions were 10-1 in Big Ten action and posted the seventh undefeated season at Jeffrey Field (9-0). Walsh help guide the Lions to their 14th straight Big Ten title and a spot to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2007. The 14-title mark stands as the most consecutive Big Ten championships by a women's program.
During the 2011 summer, Walsh had an extraordinary experience of being one of the top assistants to Pia Sundhage and the 2011 United State women's national team at the FIFA World Cup in Germany. The U.S. make a sparkling run through knockout play to the final, falling to eventual champions Japan.
During the 2010 season, Walsh's young club made a remarkable turnaround mid-season, overcoming a two-game deficit in the league standings over the final weeks to capture a share of a record-breaking 13th straight Big Ten title.
After a tough 2-4 start to the 2009 season, Walsh has led the Nittany Lions to a remarkable turnaround, going 10-1-2 in the last 13 games of the regular season, earning her the 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year Award for her efforts. With the impressive end to the season, Walsh and her charges captured the program's 12th-straight Big Ten Championship, tying a record for most consecutive women's Big Ten titles won held by the Michigan swimming & diving program.
Ann Cook: Ann Cook is entering her sixth season with the Nittany Lions after helping guide them to their 14th-straight Big Ten title, a women's athletic record in the conference. This will also be the sixth season Cook will be coaching under former teammate and friend Erica Walsh. The two combined for many wins on the field at William & Mary and have already shown their prowess on the sidelines together as they led the squad to four consecutive Big Ten titles. For the sixth consecutive year, Cook traveled to Nicaragua with an organization called Soccer Without Borders, bringing along a few Nittany Lions in the process to help out. The organization focuses on using soccer as a tool for youth development around the world. The Nittany Lion players helped collect numerous pairs of shoes prior to Cook's departure and accounted for about 50 young girls in Nicaragua getting new shoes and a new appreciation for soccer.
Tim Wassel: Head coach Erica Walsh announced the hiring of Tim Wassell, former head coach of Penn State Altoona women's soccer, as the Nittany Lion women's soccer goalkeeper coach in June 2010. Since then, Wassell has helped lead Penn State to two Big Ten titles and an NCAA Sweet Sixteen berth (2011). On June 5, 2012, Wassell was promoted to a full-time assistant coach in charge of recruiting, scouting and the goalkeepers. Wassell returns to Penn State for his third season in 2012. He helped lead the Big Ten's best defense as the goalkeeping corps pitched 14 shutouts. Wassell coached All-Big Ten Second Team honoree Erin McNulty in 2011 and provided crucial scouting and set piece work for the Nittany Lions.