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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
Celeste Brown begins her first year on staff with the Penn State women's hockey team in 2017-18. An alumna of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Brown returns to College Hockey America (CHA) after serving as an assistant coach at Connecticut College during the 2016-17 season.
Prior to her time at Connecticut College, Brown played for the New York Riveters during the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) in 2015-16. Along with coaching at Connecticut College last year, Brown spent the 2016-17 NWHL season playing for the Connecticut Whale.
While at RIT, Brown’s class tallied a 15-2 record in postseason play, which included an NCAA Division III National Championship in 2012, and back-to-back CHA titles in 2014-15. Individually, she was a two-time captain and netted 70 points on 42 goals and 28 assists. Brown closed out her collegiate career as RIT’s Division I career leader with 30 career goals and her nine game-winning goals were tied for ninth-best at RIT.
The 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship game featured Brown recording the go-ahead goal 1:23 into the third period to help lead the Tigers to a 4-1 victory over Norwich.
In the classroom, Brown posted a final GPA of 3.73, was named a three-time CHA All-Academic Team honoree, and received the 2014 CHA Academic All-Star honor for posting a 4.0 GPA.
A native of Great Falls, Montana, Brown graduated from RIT in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology.