Penn State adds former Mercyhurst goalie Drennen to women’s coaching staff

Penn State rounded out its women’s coaching staff on Monday as Courtney Drennen named an assistant coach.

Drennen comes to the Nittany Lions after two seasons as an assistant at Wesleyan and three years at North Dakota.

“Courtney brings outstanding playing and coaching experience to our program,” PSU women’s head coach Josh Brandwene said in a statement. “She has a positive coaching style and skill set that is an exact match for our student-athletes. We are excited to welcome Courtney to the Penn State hockey family.”

“I am honored and excited to be joining the Penn State women’s hockey program,” added Drennen. “Penn State has an amazing tradition of success in athletics and I am eager to be part of this tradition. Being part of a program that is so well supported by the university, its administration and the local community is a great opportunity. Returning to College Hockey America will be thrilling and challenging and I am excited to face these familiar programs behind the Penn State bench.”

Drennen is a 2009 graduate of Mercyhurst, compiling a record of 26-4-2, a .927 save percentage and a 1.42 GAA with eight shutouts between the pipes for the Lakers, also helping the squad to the 2009 national title game.

At North Dakota (2009-12), Drennen was the goalie coach and video coordinator and was also the girls player development director for the North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association.