Nittany Lions host Michigan on Saturday
No. 6 Field Hockey opens the Big Ten season with dominating win over the Hoosiers
Lisa Bervinchak-Love, one of the top players in Penn State field hockey history, is entering her 19th year on the sideline under head coach Charlene Morett in 2014.
During her time at Penn State, she has assisted on several highly successful teams, including a pair of National Finalist teams that reached the National Championship Game in 2002 and 2007, a 2005 team that won 17 straight games, the 1995-1998 teams, all of which won the Big Ten Tournament in their respective seasons and a 2011 Big Ten Tournament Champion team. Bervinchak-Love has been on the sideline for a total of 15 NCAA Tournament appearances by the Nittany Lions and for six Big Ten regular season championships.
As a player, Bervinchak-Love -- who played three years for the Nittany Lions after transferring from Villanova following her freshman campaign -- scored 28 goals in her career. She was also a vocal leader as an All-American captain. As a senior co-captain, she led the team in scoring with 12 goals and three assists and was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team. She scored two of the Lions' goals at the 1988 Atlantic 10 Conference Semifinals and was an All-Tournament selection. Following her graduation in 1989, Love continued to play field hockey at the national level. In 1991, she helped her team win a silver medal at the Olympic Sports Festival in Los Angeles.
A standout student, she was the Student Academic Advisory Board representative at Penn State in 1988. In 1989, Love graduated with a degree in health planning and administration and worked as an intern with the planning and marketing department at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania.
Following her internship, she was a Penn Manor School District elementary school teacher and assisted head coaches in field hockey and basketball. She also held teaching positions at Central Manor, Farmdale, Burgard and Brecknock elementary schools.
Throughout the years, she continued her involvement with the Nittany Lion program as an assistant director and instructor at Penn State camps.
Love was a four-sport athlete at Penn Manor High School and earned All-Star honors in field hockey and basketball, and was the district champion in the triple jump. She continues to play field hockey today and captured the U.S. Indoor Title with the Norlanco Club in 2003 and 2004. She currently plays with Red Rose and helped them win the 2006, 2007, and 2008 club championships.
Love comes from a family of coaches and athletes. Her brother Jude is the wrestling coach at Hempfield High School in Lancaster, Pa. and brother Greg, his assistant. Her dad James, meanwhile, was a football standout at Minersville High School. Her parents, James and Dolores, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Also an active participant in intramural athletics, Love has won over 10 intramural championships in various sports, including football and basketball.
She married Steve Love, a Penn State alumnus and graphic designer with Penn State athletics, in 1996. They have two daughters, Taylor Marie and Kelsey Evelyn.
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