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Wassell returns to Penn State for his third season in 2012. He helped lead the Big Ten's best defense as the goalkeeping corps pitched 14 shutouts. Wassell coached All-Big Ten Second Team honoree Erin McNulty in 2011 and provided crucial scouting and set piece work for the Nittany Lions.
Wassell joined PSU after a successful stint at the Altoona campus. Over the past three seasons, Wassell led the women's program there to a 48-11-5 overall record, while taking home NSCAA Great Lakes Coach of the Year honors in 2008. He was also named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
"I'm tremendously excited and honored to join the women's soccer staff at Penn State," Wassell noted. "I have great respect and admiration for the tradition that has been built in Happy Valley and I am eager to contribute to the future successes of the program."
While with the Nittany Lions in Altoona, Wassell's defense oriented teams posted 39 shutouts in 64 games as the squad set new marks for wins in every year of his tenure with 13, 17, and 18, respectively. During the 2008 campaign, his Altoona team posted the third-best goals against average in Division III at 0.34.
Eighteen Lions earned All-AMCC honors and 24 were named to the Academic All-AMCC team during the three-year era, which outscored opponents 172-40. Additionally, Wassell's charges collected three NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region selections, including the only freshman on the first or second team in 2008. The team reached the 2008 NCAA Division III Tournament, falling 1-0 to Otterbein. During that season, PSU Altoona went without a loss in the regular season.
Prior to taking over the reigns at Altoona, he served as the goalkeeping coach in 2006 for both the men's and women's teams. For the men's squad at Altoona, the team posted the best goals against average in the conference and second best mark in shutouts. The team finished top 25 nationally in GAA with a 0.63 average.
As a goalkeeping at PSU Altoona, Wassell was a two-time NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region selection in 2004 and 2005 and a two-time All-AMCC First Team selection as well. He was named the 2005 PSU Altoona Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was mentioned amongst the coaches of the AMCC as the Preseason Player of the Year in 2005. In both 2004 and 2005, Wassell led the AMCC in save percentage, shutouts and GAA, completing his two-year tenure between the pipes with a school-record 0.71 GAA.
A highlight to his success at PSU Altoona was a 641-minute shutout streak during the 2004 season, which ranks in the top 15 in Division III history. Wassell was an accomplished student with two Academic All-AMCC honors, a spot on the PSU Altoona Dean's List every semester and a 3.72 cumulative grade point average. Prior to his time at Altoona, Wassell was a member of the East Stroudsburg squad from 2000-02, earning two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships with an NCAA Final Four appearance in 2000.
Wassell, a Hollidaysburg, Pa. native, earned his bachelor's degree in business at PSU Altoona. He also has gained NSCAA National and Goalkeeping Coaching Diplomas during the course of his coaching career.