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  • Senior wrestler Matt Brown was selected the 2014-15 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for all sports, having also earned his second consecutive Academic All-America honor in 2014-15. He joined another former wrestling All-American, Jim Martin (1989) as Penn State's Academic All-American of the Year honorees.
  • In addition to Academic All-American of the Year Matt Brown, Laura Gebhart (field hockey) also earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large honors and Robby Creese (men's track and field) was a third-team honoree. Penn State's 189 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans all-time rank No. 3 among Division I institutions.
  • Penn State produced 45 All-Americans, 33 first-team all-conference selections, three NCAA individual national champions, 11 Big Ten individual champions and one National Player of the Year.
  • Matt Brown was the 174-pound national champion at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, becoming Penn State's 23rd national champion (29 overall titles). Brown helped the Nittany Lions finish sixth at the national championships.
  • Freshman Thad Lawson captured the NCAA individual title on the floor exercise to become Penn State men's gymnastics' 53rd NCAA champion. Lawson helped the Nittany Lions finish No. 3 at the national championships.
  • Freshman Andrew Mackiewicz won the men's sabre national title to help the men's and women's fencing teams to earn second place at the NCAA Championships.
  • Women's volleyball senior Micha Hancock was named AVCA National Player of the Year and Ali Frantti was selected as the National Freshman of the Year. The pair of individual award winners marks the first time in program history that the Nittany Lions have claimed both individual honors in the same year. 
  • Micha Hancock named a 2015 ESPY nominee for Best Female College Athlete for the second consecutive season. She's the first Nittany Lion student-athlete to earn back-to-back ESPY nominations.
  • All-America wrestler Matt Brown and women's volleyball's Nia Grant were selected Penn State's Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award winners for their academic and athletic achievements. The two were also named Penn State's recipients of the 2015 Big Ten Medal of Honor.
  • Matt Brown and Micha Hancock were selected Penn State's male and female student-athletes of the year.
  • Cross country and track & field student-athlete Katie Rodden and wrestling's Matt Brown were awarded 2015 Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships.
  • Women's soccer's Kindrah Kohne and outdoor track and field's Darrell Hill were honored as Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship honorees. Kohne and Hill are two of 28 student-athletes selected from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the year at each Big Ten institution for displaying positive sportsmanship.




  • In addition to national honors, five Nittany Lions earned Big Ten women's volleyball postseason awards. Haleigh Washington was selected Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Micha Hancock and Nia Grant earned unanimous selections to the All-Big Ten team. Washington joined the duo on the All-Big Ten squad. Ali Frantti and Washington also earned spots on the All-Freshman team.
  • The women's soccer program collected nine All-Big Ten honors. Erica Walsh earned her third Big Ten Coach of the Year title, Whitney Church was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for the second time, Raquel Rodriguez was the 2014 Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and Emily Ogle earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades.
  • The men's soccer team made its 32nd NCAA Championship appearance. Coach Bob Warming's squad fell to No. 9 seed Syracuse in the second round. Connor Maloney was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, while also earning All-Big Ten first team honors.
  • Led by Coach Char Morett, the field hockey squad made its 30th NCAA Championship appearance. The Nittany Lions advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals, falling to No. 4 Syracuse. Seniors Laura Gebhart and Taylor Herold earned first team All-Big Ten recognition.
  • The football team capped its first season under head Coach James Franklin by rallying from a 14-point deficit late in the third quarter to beat Boston College, 31-30, in overtime in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Penn State and Wisconsin are the only Big Ten teams with at least 10 consecutive winning seasons. Senior Mike Hull earned eight All-America recognitions and was the Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year. 
  • In his first year as head coach, John Gondak saw senior Matt Fischer and freshman Jillian Hunsberger qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Fischer was named the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Region Men's Athlete of the Year after winning the 10,000-meter Mid-Atlantic regional and Elizabeth Chikotas was selected Big Ten Freshman of the Year.


  • Men's gymnastics head coach Randy Jepson led the Nittany Lions to a third place finish at the NCAA national championships. Freshman Thad Lawson captured an NCAA individual title on the floor exercise to become Penn State's 53rd NCAA champion. Junior Trevor Howard and senior Matthew Felleman earned All-America distinction in the all-around. Leroy Clarke Jr., Matthew Felleman, Alexis Torres and Tristan Duverglas all earned individual All-America honors in individual events at the NCAA meet. 
  • Women's gymnastics head coach Jeff Thompson led the Nittany Lions to a No. 13 national ranking and an appearance at the NCAA regionals. The team posted its highest Big Ten Championship score in program history and Briannah Tsang was honored as the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year. 
  • Led by senior Matt Brown, the 174-pound national champion, head coach Cael Sanderson directed the wrestling squad to sixth place at the NCAA Championships. Brown became Penn State's 23rd national champion (29 overall titles). The Nittany Lions boasted five All-Americans and earned their sixth Top 10 finish in Sanderson's six seasons. In addition to Brown, Jordan Conaway, Jimmy Gulibon, Morgan McIntosh and Jimmy Lawson earned All-America accolades.
  • Head coach Wes Glon directed the Penn State men's and women's fencing teams to a second place finish at the NCAA Championships. Freshman Andrew Mackiewicz won the men's sabre national title, while Nuobo Bravo was second in the men's foil and freshman Karen Chang was the runner-up in the women's sabre competition.
  • Under the direction of head coach Patrick Chambers, the Nittany Lion basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2015 Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2011. The Nittany Lions knocked off No. 12 seed Nebraska and No. 5 seed Iowa before falling to fourth-seeded Purdue. Senior D.J. Newbill earned Big Ten All-Tournament Team honors, the only member of the squad to not play in the final game, and was among the 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award for men's basketball.
  • Head coach Tim Murphy guided the Penn State women's swimming team to a 20th place finish at the NCAA Championships. The Nittany Lion men's squad placed 24th at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.


  • Coach Missy Doherty led the women's lacrosse team to its fourth consecutive and 21st overall NCAA tournament appearance in program history. Penn State reached the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to North Carolina. Doherty led the Nittany Lions to the inaugural Big Ten Tournament title, beating Ohio State in the final. She earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors while junior goalie Emi Smith was named Big Ten Goaltender of the Year.
  • Men's volleyball head coach Mark Pavlik led the Nittany Lions to their 17th consecutive NCAA national semifinals appearance. Pavlik, who earned his 500th career victory April 25 at St. Francis, guided Penn State to its 17th consecutive and 27th overall EIVA Championship. Senior Aaron Russell garnered his third straight EIVA Player of the Year selection, as well as his second consecutive AVCA All-America first team award. 
  • The men's and women's track and field teams earned nine first team All-America accolades. The Nittany Lion men's team earned its highest finish since 1966 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships by placing 10th, tied for best among Big Ten squads. Six student-athletes earned first team All-America accolades at the indoor championships, while three earned first-team honors at the outdoor championships.
  • The men's golf team made its 21st NCAA regional appearance. Led by Coach Greg Nye, the Nittany Lions placed 11th at the NCAA regionals after tying for third place at the Big Ten Championships.


as of July 14, 2015

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