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Men's soccer head coach Bob Warming announced the commitment of six student-athletes for the 2017 campaign
Grant will play for the Seattle Sounds FC 2 after competing as a Nittany Lion
The former Penn State standout will play right back for the Columbus Crew
The Nittany Lions will play five home matches and travel for one in the 2017 spring season
Men's Soccer Captures the Big Ten Title against Northwestern 10/27/13
- Two-Time National Coach of the Year
- 2012 & 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year
- Six-Time National Coach of the Year Finalist
- Ranks third among active NCAA Division I coaches with 448 wins
- 32 Winning Seasons
- Has had a player drafted into the MLS in every year but one
- Coached MLS team captains Brad Davis (Houston) and Jack Jewsbury (Portland)
- Has had more than 60 players play professionally
- One of only two active coaches to take two different programs to the NCAA College Cup
- Voted the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Team Coach in 2006
- Inductee of Omaha Sports Hall of Fame and Creighton Sports Hall of Fame
Warming led the Nittany Lions to a 7-8-3 overall record and a 2-4-2 Big Ten Conference record in the 2015 campaign. The Blue and White earned an overtime victory over Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament play in match before falling to eventual Big Ten Champion Ohio State in the quarterfinals in overtime. Junior Connor Maloney paced Penn State, starting 17 matches with a team leading 17 points that included seven goals and two assists en route to his second First Team All-Big Ten honor. Freshman Austin Maloney also made his mark on the program, earning All-Freshman team honors after starting 14 games with two assists and a .800 shots on goal percentage. Of its seven wins in 2016, six of them came by way of the shutout with senior goalkeeper Matt Bersano tallying five and junior Evan Finney earning one.
2014 was a banner year for Warming and his Nittany Lions as they won 13 matches for the second straight year, going 13-6-1 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten. They also recorded their 800th win in program history over Penn (Sept. 24), with a 6-2 win at Jeffrey Field. The team got out to a sizzling 10-0-1 start, it's best ever and won seven straight matches for the first time since 2005. Senior goalie Andrew Wolverton continued to impress amassing nine total shutouts to set a new career record with 32. He was also given All-Big Ten Second Team honors following his final campaign. PSU was led by sophomore standout Connor Maloney who was tops in points (23) and goals (10) and was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year for his efforts. After falling to Michigan State in the B1G Tournament quarterfinals, Penn State received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and hosted Hartwick at Jeffrey Field. The Lions defeated the Hawks 2-1 to move onto the second round for the third consecutive season before succumbing to No. 9 seed Syracuse 2-1, on the road.
In 2013, Warming's charges relied on stout defense, timely scoring and guile to capture its fifth Big Ten regular-season title in outright fashion. Ultimately, the Nittany Lions won NCAA Tournament games against St. Francis Brooklyn and 10th-seeded UC Santa Barbara to reach the Sweet 16. The Lions finished with a 13-6-2 record and a 5-1-0 mark in Big Ten play.
Following a pair of strong seasons to begin his career at PSU, Warming's 2012 squad accumulated a 3-1-2 conference record to capture the team's first Big Ten regular season championship in seven years. The Nittany Lions held opponents to just over one goal-per-game during the season, as they went unbeaten in their final four regular season conference contests.
The 2011 campaign presented a major milestone for Warming as he became the 31st NCAA Division I men's soccer head coach to capture 400 career victories after the Nittany Lions downed Florida International, 1-0, in the team's fourth game of the season. Penn State struggled through the Big Ten regular season, but hit its stride in the conference tournament, earning the distinction of being the first No. 7 seed to reach the title game.
The Nittany Lions switched roles from a high-powered offense in 2010 to a shutdown defense in 2011. The team allowed just 14 goals, the fewest since the 1977 squad surrended 12 scores. Rookie goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton set school records for the most shutouts in a season (12) and led the Big Ten in GAA (0.60) and save percentage (.821).
Warming led the Lions to 14 wins in 2011, the most by a PSU team since 2002, a Big Ten Tournament title game appearance, and the program's first NCAA postseason victory in five years.
Penn State boasted one of the nation's most prolific offenses in 2010, totaling 144 points (45 goals, 54 assists) in 23 games. Junior forward Corey Hertzog posted the most productive season by a Nittany Lion in 55 years, recording an NCAA-leading 20 goals and 46 points. Senior midfielder Matheus Braga led the nation and shattered the Big Ten single season record in assists, registering 17. Both players earned NSCAA Second Team All-America honors.
Also successful in the classroom, Penn State received the NSCAA Team Academic Achievement Award in 2010, earning the honor with a 3.07 team GPA.
Warming's three-plus decades as a head coach have been marked by distinction, achievement, and success. The six-time finalist for national coach of the year and 2008 winner of the award (according to FieldTurf Tarkett) holds a lofty place in the NCAA record book, ranking third among active Division I head coaches and ninth in Division I history with 428 victories. Warming is also one of only two active coaches in Division I to take two different programs to the College Cup.
Warming, whose distinguished career spans 35 years, came to Happy Valley from Creighton University, where he took over a previously dormant program and developed it into a conference and regional power and national title contender.
In 14 total years in Omaha, served in two different stints (1990-94, 2001-09), Warming, the winningest coach in program history, led the Bluejays to 190 victories, seven Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament championships, 11 NCAA Championship appearances, and the 2002 College Cup. His teams proved nearly unbeatable at home, compiling a 107-18-15 record in Omaha. In recognition of his dominance in league play, Warming, a three-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year honoree, was named the MVC All-Centennial Team Coach in 2006.
An ardent believer in giving back through charitable works, Warming's 2009 Creighton squad won the community service award for performing over 1500 hours of volunteer activities, including working on Habitat for Humanity projects, reading to elementary school students, and helping out at hospitals. Warming has also served as the honorary chairman of the Boy Scouts of America for Nebraska and as the honorary chairman of the Omaha Children's Crisis Center annual fund raiser.
Warming has not only built successful teams on the field, but also assisted with the design, fundraising, and construction management of three collegiate soccer stadiums, including, most recently, the $13 million, 6,000-seat, state-of-the-art Michael G. Morrison, S.J., Stadium at Creighton. He and his winning teams helped fill the stands at Morrison Stadium, as Creighton led the MVC and ranked in the NCAA top 10 in attendance each of his last seven seasons in Omaha.
In honor of significant contributions made to the athletic program at the university, Warming was inducted into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame in April 2011, becoming just the seventh head coach to earn the honor in its 43-year history.
In between his tenures at Creighton, Warming served as head coach at Saint Louis University, where he guided it to four Conference USA championships, three NCAA Championship berths, and the 1997 College Cup. His Billiken teams also finished ranked in the top 20 in all four seasons.
Warming also previously held head coaching positions at Old Dominion (1996), Charlotte (1982-88), Berry College (1977-81), and Transylvania University (1976). His career coaching record stands at an impressive 428-208-74 (.655).
Warming has also produced numerous professional prospects, as at least one of his players has been selected in every MLS SuperDraft or supplemental draft. He has seen a total of 28 of his players drafted since the league's inception in 1996. Most recently, John Gallagher was selected with the 30th pick in the second round of the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft. In 2011, Corey Hertzog was selected by the New York Red Bulls with the No. 13 pick in the first round of the SuperDraft, while Drew Cost was a supplemental draft choice of Real Salt Lake.
A 1975 graduate of Berea College (Ky.), Warming was a four-sport varsity letterwinner, starring on the golf, swimming, tennis, and soccer teams. As a starting goalkeeper, he posted a 28-2-2 record. Warming also holds a master's of science degree in sport administration from Eastern Kentucky University.
Warming and his wife, Cindy, have four children - Emily, Bess, and twins Grant and the late Audrey. Grant played for four seasons at Penn State (2010-13).
WARMING AT PENN STATE