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Former Holy Cross starting goaltender and New England prep coach joins Penn State staff
Penn State and Vermont skated to a 3-3 tie on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.
Entering her second season as assistant coach in 2013-14, Casey McCullion is vital to the Nittany Lion effort in goal as well as recruiting. A former Holy Cross starting goaltender and New England prep school coach McCullion joined the Penn State coaching staff as an assistant coach on June 4, 2012.
McCullion tutored Penn State goaltender Nicole Paniccia through an amazing inaugural campaign as the junior saved 1,028 shots to lead NCAA Division I. In addition to Paniccia, McCullion oversaw the growth of freshman stopper Celine Whitlinger, who posted a .938 save percentage, making 377 saves in 10 appearances.
McCullion came to Penn State with four years of coaching experience at the New England prep school level. From 2008-10, she worked alongside head coach Josh Brandwene at Kingswood Oxford (Conn.) as an assistant coach for goaltending.
McCullion was then elevated to head coach for the 2010-11 season when Brandwene took over the boys' program. Prior to working at Kingswood Oxford, she served as an assistant coach at Deerfield Academy (Mass.) in 2007-08.
A highly successful goaltending coach, McCullion instructed three netminders who participated in USA Hockey Select Player Development Camps. While at Deerfield she worked closely with Shenae Lundberg, who captured the gold medal at the 2011 world championship with the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team.
McCullion has also worked as a coach for the Ed Snider Youth Foundation and served as a goaltending instructor at Wyvern Hockey Academy.
A four-year letterwinner at Holy Cross, McCullion earned the Rev. Francis J. Hart Memorial Award for commitment, leadership and performance. The former goaltender and 2007 graduate was also tabbed an ECAC East All-Academic Team member from 2005-07.