Bethany IrwinRob Irwin
her 19th year as the head coach of State College’s successful girls’
basketball program, Bethany Irwin is known statewide for her outstanding teams.
With six District VI titles to her credit, Bethany has a 319-148 record at State College and a career mark of 353-177.
Bethany’s scholastic coaching career began right after she graduated from Penn State in 1989. After a three-year stint at Bellefonte High School, she took over at State College in 1993.
Bethany hails from Branford, Conn., where her name Bethany Collins is all over the record books. Bethany led her high school basketball team win back to back state championships and finishing with a career record of 57-3 with her in the lineup. She also helped Branford win three consecutive state titles in volleyball. She was all-state in basketball and volleyball in her junior and senior seasons, and Parade All-American her senior year.
Bethany is in the town of Branford Sports Hall of Fame, Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Connecticut Women’s Volleyball Hall of Fame, was inducted into the New England Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and was selected one of the Hartford Courant “Best of the Century” local legends in the 20th Century Greatest Athletes.
Bethany decided to play basketball at Penn State after hearing from 200 colleges. Penn State enjoyed national rankings in all four of her years as a Lady Lion. She helped her alma mater win two Atlantic 10 Conference titles and was part of an NCAA Sweet 16 squad in 1985.
She is still on the top 15 lists at Penn State in rebounding and blocks, and is a member of the Lady Lions’ 1,000-point club with 1,186 career points.
Bethany married Rob in 1995 and they have a son Patrick, a sophomore at State High and a daughter Kyla, an 8th grader at Mount Nittany Middle School. She also has four stepchildren, Kate, Kristin, Robbie and Chris.
Rob Irwin joined his wife Bethany in the new position of assistant varsity coach in 2006-07. After previously serving as junior varsity coach, he returned to that role in the middle of last season. Overall, his JV teams have five undefeated seasons to their credit, and they once won 103 games in a row under his guidance. He completed his initial 11-year stint as the JV coach with a 188-19 record. He also coached the State College junior high girls’ teams this past season. Rob teaches at Bellefonte High School.
Kamil is entering his second year with the Lady Little Lions.He plans on graduating this winter with a degree in Management/Legal Environment of Business. He recently spent the summer doing an internship with Kohls Corporate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and with TMK Construction in Princeton, New Jersey. Kamil hails from Trenton, NJ where he was the starting point guard for his team at Lawrence High School. He attended Penn State Harrisburg in part to play basketball, but was sidelined with an injury.
Bethany's State High Record