Penn State and Vermont skated to a 3-3 tie on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.
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Instrumental to Penn State's recruiting and offensive efforts, Gina Kearns enters her third season as assistant coach in 2014-15.
The third-year assistant coach guided her second freshman forward to an All-College Hockey America Rookie Team honor in Laura Bowman during the 2013-14 season. Bowman notched a team-high 10 goals to pace the Penn State offense in the program's second varsity year.
In 2012-13, Kearns helped freshman winger Shannon Yoxheimer to an All-CHA Rookie Team laurel. Yoxheimer tallied 14 goals, 17 assists and 31 points during Penn State's inaugural campaign.
Kearns, a former Boston University standout, was introduced as assistant coach on June 21, 2011.
"I am incredibly excited to have Gina in the Penn State hockey family. Gina's experience as a player in the first four years of a brand new college program, her oustanding leadership ability and coaching experience make her a terrific member of the staff. She is a fantastic role model for the women in our program."
Prior to Penn State, Kearns spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Neumann University, where she helped lead the team to a 16-7-4 record in 2010-11.
At Boston University, the Norwood, Pa., native was a member of the university's first NCAA Division I team. She became the program's all-time leading scorer as she notched 52 goals and 50 assists during her four-year career. Kearns was the first Terrier to tally more than 50 goals and 100 points and was the only three-year captain in school history.
Kearns led Princeton Tiger Lilies to a bronze medal at 2005 USA Hockey U-19 Nationals. She played boys' ice hockey at Interboro High School, where she was a senior captain, and totaled 121 points in 51 games, including 81 goals.
Kearns and her fiancee, Bill McLaughlin, reside in State College.