Nittany Lion Club
SPORT SPECIFIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
In his 35th year at the helm of the program, Coach Russ Rose led women's volleyball to its sixth national championship and fifth in the last seven years. Penn State knocked off Wisconsin, 3-1, to claim the title and joined Stanford as the only schools to win six NCAA crowns. Micha Hancock was named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player. The Nittany Lions also won their 16th Big Ten title in program history.
Russ Rose also earned 2013 AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year honors, marking the fifth time in his career that he has been so honored.
Coach Cael Sanderson led Penn State to its fourth consecutive NCAA Wrestling Championship, beating Minnesota by 5.5 points. The Nittany Lions became just the third team to win four consecutive NCAA Wrestling titles. Seniors David Taylor (165) and Ed Ruth (184) won NCAA individual titles. Taylor won his second NCAA title in becoming Penn State's first four-time finalist. He also received the Hodge Trophy for the second time. Ruth became Penn State's first-ever three-time NCAA Champion. The Nittany Lions also won their fourth consecutive Big Ten Championship.
The men's and women's fencing teams, led by first-year coach Wes Glon, won its 13th national title since 1990 with 180 bout wins, bettering 159 bout wins by Princeton. Sophomore Kaito Streets won the Men's Saber individual title.
The Lady Lion basketball team won its third consecutive Big Ten regular season title under Coach Coquese Washington and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, falling to regional host Stanford. Senior Maggie Lucas was selected Big Ten Player of the Year for the second consecutive year and also earned third team AP All-America honors.
Led by head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan, the women's indoor and outdoor track and field teams won Big Ten Championships. The women's outdoor track and field team earned a Big Ten-best ranking of No. 6 in the final USFTCCCA standings and finished 12th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The Penn State women's track and field team broke six school records (two indoor and four outdoor) in 2013-14 and the men's squad broke three school records in 2013-14 (two indoor, one outdoor).
Led by Coach Char Morett, the field hockey team won its seventh Big Ten Championship overall and its second consecutive. The Nittany Lions lost to defending NCAA Champion Princeton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Char Morett and former Nittany Lions Chris Larson and Brenda Stauffer were inducted into the U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame. The trio were among those honored this year who competed on the 1984 Olympic Team, which earned a bronze medal in the '84 Olympic Games. The honor marks the second Hall of Fame selection for Morett and Larson, who were each individual members of the 1989 class.
The men's soccer team won its second consecutive Big Ten title under Coach Bob Warming and its fifth title overall. The Nittany Lions advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second time in Warming's four years as head coach.
Coach Mark Pavlik's men's volleyball team won its 16th consecutive EIVA Championship, advancing to the NCAA semifinals for the 16th consecutive year. The Nittany Lions lost in five sets to eventual NCAA champion Loyola in the national semifinals.
The women's soccer team earned its 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, earning a No. 4 seed, and advanced to the second round. Senior Maya Hayes was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and became a three-time All-American.
Led by head coach Patrick Chambers, the Nittany Lion basketball team earned their first sweep against nationally ranked Ohio State since 1997-98. Penn State went 6-6 in its final 12 Big Ten games and Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill earned all-conference honors.
In the first season of Big Ten men's hockey, the Nittany Lions defeated Michigan three times, including a 2-1 double-overtime victory at the inaugural Big Ten Tournament. Penn State also beat conference rival Ohio State and opened the spectacular Pegula Ice Arena with a 4-1 win over Army on Oct. 11.
The men's tennis team, led by Coach Jeff Zinn, set program records with 22 overall wins (22-6) and eight Big Ten victories (8-3). The team finished in the ITA Top 25 for the first time in program history (No. 24) after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where the Lions fell at No. 4 seed Virginia.
The football team won seven games during the 2013 season, highlighted by a 43-40 four-overtime win against Michigan in Beaver Stadium and a season ending 31-24 victory at No. 14 Wisconsin. Junior Allen Robinson shattered the school season records in receptions (97) and receiving yardage (1,432) en route to first-team All-America honors.
The women's gymnastics team earned its first berth to the NCAA national championships since 2009 and hosted the NCAA regional championships in Rec Hall. Coach Jeff Thompson's team earned its highest team score in the program's NCAA history.
Coach Randy Jespson's men's gymnastics team advanced to the NCAA team finals, finishing No. 6. Three Nittany Lions earned All-America honors.
2013-14 Sport-Specific Accomplishments