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Penn State welcomes Union Friday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m.
Celeste Brown, Allison Coomey named assistant coaches; Chris Demczuk tabbed director of operations
Allison Coomey begins her first season as an assistant coach with the Penn State women's hockey team in 2017-18. Prior to joining the Nittany Lions, Coomey served as an assistant coach with the Boston University Terriers for nine seasons.
During her time as an assistant coach with BU from 2008-17, the Terriers captured five Hockey East titles, qualified for the NCAA Tournament six times, which included a pair of NCAA Championship appearances in 2011 and ’13. While at BU, Coomey had the opportunity to coach four Olympians who combined for six gold medals for the Canadian National Team at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
A four-year letterwinner at Niagara in her collegiate playing days, Coomey returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach from 2004-08, helping the Purple Eagles reach the CHA title game twice. While a member of the Niagara coaching staff, her duties included: serving as recruiting coordinator, working with the forwards, coordinating the team's community service efforts and overseeing academics.
Before joining the staff at Niagara, Coomey served as an assistant coach at Plattsburgh, where she helped guide the Cardinals to the 2004 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) West Division III regular season title and the NCAA Division III semifinals.
Prior to her work at Plattsburgh, Coomey completed an internship as the assistant women's hockey coach at Connecticut College and was also a volunteer lacrosse coach for the 2002-03 season. She has also worked numerous hockey camps, including the USA Hockey Development Camp.
As a student-athlete at Niagara, Coomey played hockey and lacrosse from 1998-2002. On the ice, she served as an alternate captain during her senior season and helped the team to its most successful campaign in program history, as the Purple Eagles reached the 2002 NCAA Women's Frozen Four and finished tied for third in the final national poll. On the lacrosse field, she earned the team's rookie of the year award in 1999 and went on to tally 69 goals and 37 assists in her four-year career.
A native of Baldwinsville, New York, Coomey earned two degrees from Niagara, a bachelor's degree in education in 2002 and a master's degree in school counseling in 2008. She was a two-time ECAC All-Academic Team member and earned a spot on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.