YSU celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the IX title in penguin girls’s sports activities

Youngstown State Division of Athletics is extraordinarily pleased with the success of its 11 girls’s athletic applications. As we have fun the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX, we’re honored to share the historical past of our applications and look ahead to their glowing paths for one more 50 years!

Golf for ladies

This program began in 1996 and there have been solely two coaches in its existence, Roseann Schwartz (1996-2013) and Nate Miklos (2013-Present). Within the 4 years of competitors at Mid-Con, YSU had 10 alternatives of all conferences. Stephanie Matasek was the convention newcomer of the 12 months in 1999 and was a three-time choice in any respect conferences. Matasek additionally had two particular person runners-up within the Mid-Con assembly.

In 2003, the Penguins grew to become the primary girls’s program at YSU to win the Horizon League championship by profitable the inaugural title of girls’s league golf with 10 strokes over Loyola. Lori Hatcher received the person championship whereas Gina Abruzzino was ranked third and Jennifer Grossi fifth.

The Guins received subsequent league titles in 2009, 2015 and 2021. In 2015 and 2021, convention championships superior this system to the NCAA Championships. In 2015, YSU competed in Notre Dame whereas Regional 2021 was within the state of Ohio. YSU has completed second in six different instances.

Medal awards have been given to Hatcher (2003), Katie Rogner (2008), Samantha Formeck (2009), Allison Mitzel (2013) and Katlyn Shutt (2017 and 2021).


This system is a part of the American Center East Convention. The primary 12 months was in 2021, which introduced a conference-only schedule. In 2022, the Penguins tied for the MAC title solely within the second 12 months of existence. Head coach Theresa Walton was named MAC Coach of the 12 months whereas Natalie Calandra-Ryan was named MAC Pupil of the 12 months.


This system began in 2016-17 and by the spring of 2021, the Penguins had reached the NCAA Ultimate 4. Penguins have appeared in two NCAA occasions within the historical past of this system. YSU has been ranked in each NTCA Survey since February 2019.

YSU received its Regional in 2021 by defeating Southern rival Sam Houston State to advance to the Ultimate 4. YSU eradicated two robust races within the Ultimate 4. In 2022, the Penguins reached the Southland Convention Finals earlier than falling to Vanderbilt. Within the NCAAs, the Guins defeated the state of Alabama within the Lansing Area.

Head coach Doug Kuberski was named NTCA Nationwide Coach of the 12 months and Southland Bowling League Coach of the 12 months within the shortened 2019-20 marketing campaign. In 2020-2021, Madyson Marx was the NTCA Nationwide Statistical Chief award on the Highest Double Baker Share.


YSU began taking part in aggressive soccer in 1996. This system has performed greater than 400 video games because it was fashioned beneath seven totally different coaches. Coach Will Lemke holds the varsity document for general wins and convention wins. In 2006, Caitlin Lee was the primary program selection for the All-Horizon League first group. Different first group alternatives for this system embrace Jade Flory in 2012 and Britny Tennis in 2017.

The Penguins performed house video games at Stambaugh Stadium and different venues within the space earlier than shifting to the Covelli Sports activities Complicated within the fall of 2013.

Swimming and Diving

This program was reinstated at YSU in 1996 after being discontinued in 1987. Initially, this system was in operation from 1975 to 1987.

Within the early Nineteen Eighties, the Penguins had a profitable Division II program. YSU had many Individuals and in 1983, Janet Kemper received the fiftieth Yard Butterfly Division II. As a group, the Penguins’ greatest end in Division II was eleventh in 1984. YSU was additionally 14th in 1983, fifteenth in 1986 and twentieth in 1985.

In 2004, Erin Carter grew to become the primary penguin to win a person swimming convention title by profitable 400 particular person blended yards. YSU has been sturdy in diving occasions since 1999. Brandi Goettsch was a three-time convention diver of the 12 months, profitable two Center Continent Conferences and a Horizon League award. In 1999, she received the three-meter and one-meter race at Mid-Con. In 2000, she received a meter. In 2001, she received three meters within the Mid-Con remaining and received three meters within the 2002 Horizon League. In 2003, Kalyn Leveto received each the one-meter and three meters within the Horizon League, profitable the Diver- of-the-12 months. In 2004, she received three meters and was once more named diver of the 12 months.


YSU began taking part in volleyball in 1975 beneath Joyce Ramsey. There have been 10 coaches within the historical past of the varsity, together with the present coach Aline Scott who took over this system in 2018. Former coach Joe Conroy was 4 instances selector of the coach of the 12 months at Mid-Con (1999, 1998, 1995, 1994). In all 4 of those seasons, the Penguins received 20 or extra video games, together with a college document 27 in 1999. That season, the YSU tied Oral Roberts for the Mid-Continent common season title by posting a 13-1 convention be aware and a Total document 27-5. The Penguins performed within the event championship match in 1999, 1998 and 1994. As a member of Mid-Con, YSU had 19 alternatives of all conferences. In 1995, Jill Raslevich was named Convention Participant of the 12 months. In 2001, Kristen Meech was named the third CoSIDA Tutorial All-American group.

In its Horizon League historical past, YSU has had 9 conferences of all conferences. Ruth Boscaljon is the Guinness’s solely two-time honorary first group participant within the All-Horizon League. In 2014, Val Jeffery was named Setter of the 12 months and in 2013, Jenna Cavanaugh was named Defensive Participant of the 12 months.


The primary 12 months of the Penguins competitors was in 1975-76 beneath the route of Joyce Ramsey, who was additionally the primary coach of the YSU volleyball group. This system had solely seven coaches, together with the present coach John Barnes who took over this system in 2013-14.

The Penguins received 5 convention championships whereas on the Continental Center Convention. The Penguins received three post-season event titles and superior to the NCAA Event 3 times (2000, 1998, 1996). YSU superior to the second spherical of the NCAA Event in 1998, defeating Memphis within the first spherical earlier than shedding to the state of North Carolina.

On a regular basis, the Penguins have had 5 gamers named Convention Participant of the 12 months – Brandi Brown (2012-13), Brianne Kenneally (1998-99 and 1999-2000), Shannon Seaside (1997-98), Liz Hauger (1996) – 97) and Dorothy Bowers (1987-88).

This system has had 12 seasons with 20 wins, together with the varsity’s 28 greatest wins in 1997-98. Coach Ed DiGregorio was a key determine on the sidelines spending 20 years with this system compiling a 319-241 document from 1983-84 to 2002-03.

Most lately, YSU received a portion of the Horizon League championship and posted 24 wins, essentially the most in a season because the 1997-98 season.


In 1980, this system started beneath the route of Invoice Wolf. There have been seven coaches within the historical past of the varsity, together with the present coach Brian Campbell who took over this system in 2009. This system has been extraordinarily profitable in latest historical past profitable at the least 25 video games in eight of the final 11 seasons.

In 2021, YSU received the Horizon League common season title for the primary time in this system’s historical past. In 2006, YSU received the Horizon League event by profitable the primary NCAA faculty provide.

Campbell is twice Coach of the 12 months (2012 and 2021) whereas Christy Cameron was named HL Coach of the 12 months in 2003. YSU has had three Participant of the 12 months – Miranda Castiglione (2014), Haley Thomas (2012) and Amanda Berry (2003) and three Pitchers of the 12 months – Elle Buffenbarger (2021), Casey Crozier (2014) and Kelly Murphy (2003).

Within the seven seasons of the Mid-Con sport, YSU had 25 first or second group alternatives in all conferences. The Guins have had 15 gamers who’ve earned honors for the primary All-Horizon League group, whereas 23 have obtained second group rankings.


This system grew to become a sport at YSU in 1983. The primary coach was Rob Adsit. At the moment, the ladies’s program is run by Mickael Sopel who took over the Penguins in 2013.

Since Sopel took over this system, YSU has received six Horizon League titles after the season and three common season crowns. The Guins have produced 18 All-Horizon League first group alternatives, together with three gamers of the 12 months – Dominika Lackova (2016), Marta Burak (2015) and Paula de Man (2013).

In 1998 and 1999, the Penguins had been ranked third whereas in 2000 and 2001, the YSU was fourth on the Center Continent Convention. YSU 1996 Santi Nalluri was named Mid-Con Participant of the 12 months in 1996 and was additionally named Mid-Con New Participant of the 12 months in 1994.

Monitor and Subject

The ladies’s competitors subject started within the spring of 1985.

The Penguins received their first observe and subject championship at school historical past by profitable the 1996 Center Continent Convention Championship on observe and subject. In 1997, girls added an out of doors Mid-Con Monitor and Subject wreath to their trophy field. YSU had two NCAA Nationwide Out of doors Qualifiers in Laura Thomas in 1999 and Mona Jackson in 1994.

In 2004, within the Horizon League, the Penguins received each indoor and outside observe championships. Guins received outside titles in 2005 and 2006.

Because the 2014 marketing campaign, the Guins have received eight of 9 indoor convention championships and 9 of 10 outside titles, together with eight in a row.

YSU has had two NCAA Championship qualifiers – Jaliyah Elliott within the 60-meter sprint in 2019 (indoor) and Danelle Curry within the 2010 shot (outside). The ladies have had six alternatives of Athletes of the 12 months within the Indoor League Horizon and three outside receivers.

Cross Nation

The ladies’s program competed within the Ohio Valley Convention from 1983 to 1987 and the Mid-Con from 1992 to 2000 earlier than becoming a member of the Horizon League in 2001.

YSU received the Horizon League championship in 2013 and 2014 and had runners-up in 2011 and 2019. Anna Pompeo was ranked second within the assembly in 2013 and 2014 whereas Lisa Davies was runner-up in 2003.

In 1997, the Penguins received the Mid-Con group championship. The Penguins had 17 performers in any respect Mid-Con conferences, together with particular person champions Laura Thomas in 1997 and Andrea Cohol in 1999.

Proud applications of former sport (Years as lively sport)
Synchronized swimming (1974-78)
Subject hockey (1975-81)
Gymnastics (1975-84)

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