Penn State Harrisburg Women's Soccer Best Place to Play

2021 United East Conference Champions
2022 United East Conference Runner Up
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 2021

Our team mission is to be the best place to play college soccer. We have 5 foundational principles that we desire to live out that will lead to us being the best place to play.

Foundational Principles
  1. We place the team first.
  2. We are women of character.
  3. We pursue excellence in all areas of life.
  4. We are friends first.
  5. We always have belief.

2023 Highlight Video

Why Penn State Harrisburg

Our Facilities


In 2020, Penn State Harrisburg installed its brand new multipurpose turf field. This facility is home to the Penn State Harrisburg men and women’s soccer teams. It includes new turf, fencing, netting, official field lines for multiple sports, new field lighting and a 16 by 16 foot video scoreboard.




Coaching Staff

Head Coach Brandon West

  • Finished third season with Penn State Harrisburg.
  • At Penn State Harrisburg, has guided 19 players to All-Conference honors, 1 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, 5 players to Academic All-District honors, 1 Academic All American, and 7 players to All-Region Honors.
  • Earned United East Coach of the Year in his first season with the Penn State Harrisburg Lions.
  • United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma.
  • United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma.
  • Former Assistant Coach at DI Liberty University for 3 years.
  • Former Head Women's Soccer Coach at DIII Eastern University for 2 years.
  • Former Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Messiah University for 2 years.
  • Won the 2021 United East Conference and led the Penn State Harrisburg women's soccer team to their first NCAA tournament appearance.
  • Won ASUN Spring 2021 Tournament Title, Middle Atlantic Coaching Staff of the Year in 2016, along with Sweet 16 Appearance in NCAA DIII Tournament, and Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament Champions.
  • Career Coaching: Coached 1 DIII National Player of the Year, 5 All-Americans, 4 Academic All-Americans, 20 All-Region Players, 7 Conference Players of the Year, 4 Conference Tournament MVPs, 1 ASUN Goalkeeper of the Year, 1 ASUN Freshman of the Year, 1 ASUN Academic Player of the Year, 1 ASUN Tournament MVP and 4 ASUN All-Tournament Selections, 68 All Conference Players in Total, 9 CSC Academic All District Players, and 2 Pro Players.
  • Won 2 NCAA DIII National Titles as a player at Messiah College along with 3 Conference Championships. Was an All-American, All-Region, NCAA All-Tournament Team and 3x All-Conference Selection in his playing career.
  • Overall Record at Penn State Harrisburg: 35-13-12
  • United East Conference Overall Record: 18-1-3

Associate head coach ryan sipe

  • Finished third season with Penn State Harrisburg.
  • Has had two goalkeepers earn all-conference honors. Delaney Shifflett 2nd Team in 2021 and Sydney Mulka 1st Team in 2022.
  • Guided Sydney Mulka to 3rd Team All-Region Honors in 2022.
  • Instrumental in Penn State Harrisburg setting shutout records of 13 in 2021 and again in 2022.
  • Guided Sydney Hemler to Defensive Player of the Year Honors as well as 6 defenders to all-conference honors in 2022.
  • Guided 2 defenders to first team all-conference selections in 2023 (Katie Brown and Sydney Hemler)
  • Guided one defender to all-region honors in 2023 (Katie Brown - 3T)
  • Helped lead Penn State Harrisburg to its first-ever NCAA DIII Tournament appearance.
  • Former Men's Goalkeeper Coach at St. Francis University.
  • Former professional player and DII goalkeeper.
  • Owner and founder of Future 1 Goalkeeping Academy.
  • Goalkeeping Director for Keystone F.C.

Assistant coach nick west

  • Finished second season with Penn State Harrisburg.
  • Helped guide 2 forwards to all conference honors (Kylee Altland - 1T and Kyla Brossoit -1T)
  • Has guided 2 forwards to all-region honors since joining the program in 2022 (Kylee Altland -3T and Kyla Brossoit-3T)
  • Played 4 years at Messiah, 4x MAC Commonwealth All Conference Selection.
  • 1x MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Year.
  • 1x All Region, 1x 1st Team COSIDA Academic All American, 1x United Soccer Coaches 1st Team All American.
  • 2x All American (1st and 3rd Team).
  • 1x United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Year.
  • Led the nation in Scoring and Points Senior Year with 30 Goals and 6 Assists.
  • 2016 NCAA Sweet Sixteen, 2017 NCAA National Champion, 2018 NCAA Elite 8.
  • 2x MAC Commonwealth Conference Champion.
  • Played 1 Year Professionally for Stumptown United in Charlotte, NC.
  • Coached 1 Year at Keystone FC.
  • Bachelor’s degree from Messiah College.

Assistant Coach Kylee Altland

  • Set to begin her first season as an assistant coach with the program.
  • Three-year starter for Penn State Harrisburg.
  • Finished with 47 total points - 17 goals and 13 assists.
  • Helped lead the program to their first-ever NCAA DIII Tournament appearance in 2021.
  • Led the program to their second conference championship in program history.
  • Tied the single-season program record with 9 assists during her senior campaign.
  • Was named to the College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District Team in 2023.
  • Earned United East Volt Division All-Conference First Team honors in 2023.
  • Was named to the United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-Region IV Third Team in 2022.
  • Earned United East All-Conference First Team recognition in 2022.
  • Led the team in total points in 2021.
  • Was named to the United East All-Conference Second Team in 2021.
  • Earned United East MVP honors after netting a pair of markers, including the game winner, in the United East 2021 championship game.
  • Served as the school's Student-Athlete Leadership Council (SALC) Secretary from 2022-2023.
  • Was named Penn State Harrisburg's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2022.
  • Earned three conference scholar-athlete awards during her time at Penn State Harrisburg.
  • Joined the Penn State Harrisburg women's soccer program in 2021
  • Started 17 games as a freshman at Division II Fairmont State.
  • Helped lead the Falcons to their first Mountain East Conference tournament in program history.
  • Finished her freshman campaign with 5 goals and 1 assist for the Falcons.
  • Graduated from Penn State Harrisburg with her bachelor's degree in marketing (December 2022) and Master of Business Administration (December 2023).

Team Leadership Consultant

Donna Fishter

Donna Fishter is our Leadership Consultant & Team Architect. Her primary role is to guide our team culture & provide leadership training. She also assists in key areas of player personal development and coaching our coaches!

Empowering athletes to become strong human beings is a primary focus. The beliefs and behaviors of athletes, especially what they believe about themselves, can be transformational. Winning is a habit, a lifestyle. When coaches help athletes “win in life” this has a huge impact on performance and culture.

Donna coached soccer for over 25 years at the youth, high school & college levels. She spent 13 years at University of Central Florida and helped build UCF into an NCAA Division One Top 25 program. The main catalyst for this success was intentional focus on the intrinsic side of the game. In 2013 Donna shifted away from the x’s and o’s and devoted one hundred percent of her time to consulting with teams across the country. Through intense focus on leadership, culture, and connection she has helped coaches and athletes build foundational strategies to achieve greatness. Donna wants every team and every person she encounters to find sustained success in life and game.

Donna is a Founding Member and certified leadership coach with the John Maxwell Coaching Team. "John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold more than 13 million books. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and ambassadors at the United Nations." (Excerpt from

In 2020 Donna was named the #2 UCF Athletics Assistant Coach of All-Time. She has been an instructor for U.S. Soccer Federation Education Courses and is a regular presenter at the United Soccer Coaches Convention as well as a content creator for the association. In 2021 Donna teamed up with #SoccerChat who hosts the “Dose of Donna Fishter” podcast. She resides in Orlando, Florida.

To learn more about Donna and her work visit:

Instagram @donnafishter

Twitter @DonnaFishter

Additional staff

head athletic trainer

Pam Macnett MS, ATC, LAT, NREMT

Athletic Physical Therapist

Liz Gormont PT, DPT, ATC

Strength & Conditioning coach

Coach Albert Jean

Featuring @pshbgmsoc players Jonathan Gartley and Marc Rodgers

women's soccer faculty athletic mentor

Allen E. Urich, D.H.Sc

Our CampuS

Things to know about Penn State Harrisburg:
  • There are nearly 5,000 students currently enrolled at Penn State Harrisburg.
  • Penn State Harrisburg offers more than 75 Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degree programs.
  • The college's academic units are divided into five schools:
  1. Behavioral Sciences and Education
  2. Business Administration
  3. Humanities
  4. Public Affairs
  5. Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • There are 17 NCAA DIII athletic teams in addition to club sports and intramurals.
  • There are about 90 clubs and organizations on campus; making it easy for students to get invovled!
  • Scholarships are awarded to incoming and returning students. About 80% of Penn State Harrisburg students receive some sort of financial aid.
  • Penn State is known for having the largest alumni network in the country. Currently, there are 700,000+ alumni with a Penn State degree.

Penn State Harrisburg takes pride in its beautiful campus. Take a closer look at what could potentially be your new home for the next four years!

housing | Nittany Place

Why Nittany Place:
  • 3 Bedroom | 1.5 Bath
  • Fully furnished
  • Utilities included
  • Laundry in unit
  • 24 hour maintenance service
  • Secure mail and package center
  • Free parking
  • Right across from campus
  • Majority of student-athletes live at Nittany Place

Player Testimonials

Abby Frew

"I chose Penn State Harrisburg because of the great coaching staff and the people within the team. Although I didn't know much about the team and school before coming here, I would say that I wouldn't change a thing. The people you meet here and on the team make the experience so special."

Kylie Yap

"I chose Penn State Harrisburg because I knew from the beginning it was the perfect fit for me. The competitive yet welcoming environment made by the coaching staff and players was something I knew I had to be a part of. Getting to play the sport I love alongside the best girls is something I'll never get tired of. I'm also challenged both on and off the field, which has allowed me to grow significantly as both a player and person. It's everything I've ever looked for in a college experience."

Brin Moore

"I chose Penn State Harrisburg because of the soccer program and the academics. I liked the coaching staff and how they described the team and their mission. They seemed like a very close group. I also liked the academic programs the school had to offer."

Serenity Hill

"I chose Penn State Harrisburg because it has given me the opportunity to achieve my goals of continuing my education and athletic career. The Penn State Harrisburg women's soccer team has been so rewarding in building my athleticism, but also in the bond created with my teammates. My teammates have become family to me, and I am so thankful for the forever friendships made by being a part of the team. I have enjoyed being part of a smaller school which has had a huge impact on my life. I've been thankful to have the opportunity to attend a school that is clsoe to my home and family."

Mackenzie Mowery

"I chose to play at Penn State Harrisburg in order to have a rewarding college experience both academically and athletically. I am getting an extraordinary education while being able to compete. The team had such a welcoming atmosphere and the coaching staff made the decision super easy for me. Not only do I get to perform at a high level on a daily basis all throughout the year. I also have time to maintain good grades, study, and participate in student activities."

It's Always a Good Time with @PSHBGWSOC

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Penn State Harrisburg Women's Soccer 2023 Season in Review:
  • First time in program history being regionally ranked for an entire season
  • Overall Record: 10-4-5
  • Five total all conference selections
  • Four United East Conference first-team selections - (Sydney Hemler, Kyla Brossoit, Katie Brown, Kylee Altland)
  • One United East Conference second-team selection - (Abigail Frew)
  • Three Acadmic All-District accolades (Kyla Brossoit, Sydney Hemler, Kylee Altland)
  • Three All-Region Selections: Abigail Frew (2T); Katie Brown (3T); Kyla Brossoit (3T)
  • 2023 Selection for the Philippines National Team player pool: Kylie Yap
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