Lions at Play

A total of 25 Penn Staters, including current and former student-athletes and current coaches and staff, represented seven countries in Tokyo.


Matt Anderson, volleyball, USA

Kayla Canett, rugby, USA

Gabe Castaño, swimming, Mexico

Micha Hancock ’14 Lib, volleyball, USA (gold)

Mohamed Hassan, fencing, Egypt

Max Holt ’09 Com, volleyball, USA

Joe Kovacs ’11 EMS, track & field, USA (silver)

Andrew Mackiewicz ’18 Lib, fencing, USA

Shawn Morelli ’98 Behrend, cycling USA (gold and silver)

Erin McLeod ’06 Com, soccer, Canada (gold)

Alyssa Naeher ’10 H&HD, soccer, USA (bronze)

Melissa Rodriguez, swimming, Mexico

Shane Ryan ’17 H&HD, swimming, Ireland

Michael Shuey ’17 Agr, track & field, USA

Jake Schrom ’11 Agr, powerlifting, USA

Kaito Streets ’16 Bus, fencing, Japan

David Taylor ’13 H&HD, wrestling, USA (gold)

Haleigh Washington ’17 Lib, volleyball, USA (gold)



Ellen Casey ’00 H&HD, team physician, women’s gymnastics, USA

Casey Cunningham, personal coach, wrestling, USA

Erica Dambach, assistant coach, women’s soccer, USA  

Tom Hovasse ’89 Bus, head coach, women’s basketball, Japan

Dane Miller ’07 Lib, personal coach, track & field, American Samoa

Cael Sanderson, personal coach, wrestling, USA  

Cody Sanderson, personal coach, wrestling, USA

Precious Medals

Erin McLeod, Joe Kovacs, Alyssa Naeher, and Erica Dambach added to the Penn State hardware haul from Tokyo.

Toughing It Out

Alums Shawn Morelli and Jake Schrom rose to the occasion at the Tokyo Paralympics.
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New Heights

Former Nittany Lion hoops standout Tom Hovasse led the Japanese women to an unprecedented Olympic final.
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Still Teammates, Still Champs

Former Nittany Lion All-Americans Haleigh Washington and Micha Hancock helped the U.S. women’s volleyball team clinch its first Olympic gold.
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David Taylor Isn’t Done

Led by gold medalist David Taylor, more than two dozen Penn State alumni, students, and coaches combined for a historic showing at the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
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