Former Penn State All-American Named Assistant Coach
"Kelly comes from a great program at Penn State, where she made a significant impact over four years," said head coach Tracy Coyne. "That experience will be really valuable as we build our program and try to become more of a presence in the A-10 like she helped Penn State become a presence nationally. She recognizes the hard work that's involved, she knows how to contribute to a positive culture, and she was very respected by her teammates. I think she'll mesh really well with our philosophy. She's really upbeat and positive, and I'm excited to have her."
Lechner helped lead the Nittany Lions to the 2015 Big Ten title and four straight NCAA Tournament berths, including Elite Eight appearances in 2012, 2013 and 2015. She tallied 119 goals and 138 draw controls in her career, including a career-high 47 goals and 49 draw controls as a sophomore in 2013, when she was named a Second-Team IWLCA All-American.
A two-time team captain, Lechner was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and an elected member of Penn State's Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) and Athletic Director's Leadership Institute.
Lechner graduated from Penn State in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation and human services. A native of nearby Silver Spring, Maryland, she is the all-time leading scorer (342 goals) at WCAC power Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, which won four straight conference titles during her scholastic career.
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