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Head coach Jeff Kampersal announces his first recruiting class
After being named the second head coach in program history on June 1, 2017, Jeff Kampersal begins his first season in charge of the Penn State women's hockey program in 2017-18.
Prior to joining the Nittany Lions during the summer of 2017, Kampersal was the head coach of the Princeton Tigers for 21 seasons. At Princeton, Kampersal's student-athletes earned 68 All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Hockey honors, 54 All-Ivy League selections, five Patty Kazmaier Award nominees and two American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America plaudits.
Heading into the 2017-18 season, Kampersal ranks fifth in career victories among active women's hockey coaches with 327, a total that ranks No. 7 all-time. As the head coach of Princeton Tigers, Kampersal garnered ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year honors three times and Ivy League Coach of the Year accolades twice.
Kampersal helped the Tigers capture two Ivy League Championships (2005-06 & 2015-16) and qualify for the NCAA Tournament twice (2005-06 & 2015-16).
During his final two seasons at Princeton, Kampersal guided the Tigers to a 42-19-5 cumulative record that included the 2016 Ivy League Championship and an NCAA Championship at-large berth.
The 2016-17 campaign saw Princeton compile an overall record of 20-10-3, falling to eventual national champion, Clarkson, in the ECAC Tournament semifinals. During the 2016-17 season, the Tigers recorded seven wins over ranked teams, had a Patty Kazmaier top-10 finalist, the USCHO.com National Rookie of the Year, six All-Ivy League members and four All-ECAC members, including the Goalie and Rookie of the Year. Princeton was ranked No. 9 in the final 2016-17 USCHO.com poll.
In 2015-16, Kampersal directed Princeton to one of the greatest seasons in program history. The Tigers compiled a 22-9-2 record, won the Ivy League title and an NCAA Tournament bid and Kampersal earned Ivy and ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year honors.
Under the direction of Kampersal, the USA Women's Hockey Under-18 Team captured silver medals at the 2013 and 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women's U-18 Championships.
His experience with the US Hockey program also includes serving on the coaching staff of the USA Women's Select Festival from 2004-06.
A 1992 Princeton graduate with a degree in psychology, Kampersal served as the men's hockey team's captain as a senior. An All-Ivy League and All-ECAC selection, Kampersal shares the school record for consecutive games played with 107 (tied with Mervin Kopeck '95). He also was awarded the 1941 Championship Trophy, given to the Princeton player who best represents the winning spirit of the 1941 championship team.
From Beverly, Mass., Kampersal played high school hockey at St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass., and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2009.
A 10th-round selection of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders in the 1988 entry draft, Kampersal played for the ECHL's Richmond Renegades and the AHL's Capital District Islanders.
Kampersal and his wife, Eileen, have a daughter, Keira, and a son, Jack.