Campus clippings: PSNK hires Englishman as soccer coach
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Published: Monday, April 1, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Penn State New Kensington's soccer team named Jordan Valentine, a native of Preston, England, as its new coach.
Valentine replaces Pat Cavanaugh, who coached the team in an interim role after the resignation of Jack Adams.
Cavanaugh will serve as Valentine's assistant.
Valentine had several professional tryouts after playing at Ohio Valley University (W.Va.), where he was a four-year starter and twice was an All-WVIAC selection.
In 2008, he was selected for the Great Britain National University soccer team.
Valentine, who has English Football Association Level 1 and Level 2 coaching licenses, also served as coach and international trials and combine manager at the Midwest Soccer Academy in Fenton, Mich.
Valentine has begun to recruit locally.
“I'm making a lot of phone calls and sending emails, and we are starting to make breakthroughs,” he said. “Interest is coming from as close as local high schools in the area to as far as Puerto Rico and England.”
The local Lions, who will begin their fourth season in the fall, reached the PSUAC semifinals last season.
Senior infielder Jeff Campbell (Highlands) continues to impress for the Mountain Cats (15-10). He is batting .380 with six doubles, six triples and four homers, 23 RBI and 21 runs.
Two local players have helped the Panthers (19-6, 3-0 Big East) — albeit in limited roles — to a No. 30 national ranking.
Redshirt freshman infielder Dylan Wolsonovich (Ford City) has played in 15 games, including nine starts. He is hitting .194 with 12 runs and six RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Dave Yakopec (Burrell) has one mound appearance and has three walks and a strikeout.
Senior pitcher Lauren Clarke (Burrell) is 1-3 with 18 strikeouts and 15 walks for Grove City (1-7). She also is hitting .300 with four RBI.
Teammates Allison Rayburn (Valley), a sophomore second baseman, and senior outfielder Elsa Klingensmith (Lower Burrell/home-schooled) have started eight and five games, respectively.
Washington & Jefferson
Junior pitcher Madison Rotto (Freeport) picked up four wins during a season-opening road trip to Florida, allowing just six runs with 22 strikeouts in 22 innings.
She struck out a career-best 11 and posted her first shutout against Thomas College (Maine). For the season, Rotto, who also catches, is 5-3 with a 4.85 ERA, four complete games and 40 strikeouts. At the plate, she is hitting .358 with two homers and 13 RBI for the Presidents (11-7).
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