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Eckerstrom owns a 1.45 goals against average this season with 55 saves
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"Tim has been a part of the Penn State family for many years and we're thrilled to finally make him an official part of our staff," Walsh said. "His passion for goalkeeping, combined with his strong ties to this region and head coaching experience, made him the obvious choice for this position."
Over three seasons from 2007-09 at Penn State Altoona, Wassell led the women's program to a 48-11-5 overall record, 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.
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, the squad 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 tenure, 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 reins 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 goalkeeper at Penn State 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 Penn State Altoona was a 641-minute shutout streak during the 2004 season, which, at the time, ranked in the top-15 in Division III history. Wassell was an accomplished student with two Academic All-AMCC honors, a spot on the Penn State 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 Penn State Altoona. He also has earned NSCAA National and Goalkeeping Coaching Diplomas.
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