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Penn State Love Stories: The Sweetest Love You Could Ever Find

When entering Penn State’s Berkey Creamery, the first thing people usually think about is the flavor they are going to choose, if they’d like a cone or a cup, or how much dry ice they might need for the drive home.

However, ice cream was the last thing on Penn State alum Matt Greenholt’s mind when he visited campus this spring. In fact, the Creamery was about to be one of the most memorable locations of his life.

Greenholt had a trick up his sleeve for his girlfriend, Brie Coleman. But before we get into the sweetest Creamery date of all time, let’s learn a thing or two about the love these two share. 

Die-hard fan Greenholt graduated from Penn State in 2014. Although Coleman graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2015, she is still an honorary alum for knowing the words to the Penn State Alma Mater…and not her own. Because they went to two different schools, they met on Tinder. 

“He swiped right to the picture of me at The Color Run at Penn State,” Coleman said. “Being a huge Penn State fan, I swiped right to him being a Penn State grad.”

After their first date, they “just clicked” and have been together ever since. When Coleman landed her first teaching job, it just so happened to be near his house. “By pure luck or divine intervention,” the couple’s love was able to blossom into something special.

As their relationship grew, they spent a lot of their days traveling to Penn State and visiting Greenholt’s friends and brother. Because of the consistent place Happy Valley held in their hearts, fall remained football weather. Season tickets, chicken baskets, and tailgates were with them since the beginning of their relationship.

“Now our goal as a couple is to visit all of the Big Ten stadiums for Penn State games. We’ve been to eight stadiums so far, with, hopefully, Wisconsin this year,” Coleman said. “We have traveled all over to watch Penn State games, including a Big Ten Championship.”

After Greenholt and Coleman reminisced on their Nittany Lion-filled trips, genuine connection, and love, they finally got to look back on their glorious day at the Berkey Creamery. 

Greenholt planned a spontaneous trip to campus because the couple had not visited in 18 months. Could you go that long? We surely couldn’t. Their first stop of the day was at none other than the Creamery itself.

“We were sharing a dish of Bittersweet Mint ice cream outside. Halfway through my second bite, Matt got down on one knee and asked me to marry him,” Coleman said. “It was the easiest ‘Yes!’ I’ve ever said!”

We told you this was the sweetest story to go down in history!

“We are so excited to grow old together as Penn State fans,” Coleman said. “We celebrated our engagement by going to all of State College’s finest bars downtown. We also brought some ice cream home to share with family as a celebration.” 

They are currently looking into a spring 2023 wedding for one reason only: They don’t want to miss any football!

That’s all we need to hear to know that Greenholt, his fiancée, and their dog, Nittany (@nittanythedood on Instagram, might we add), will live happily ever after.

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Larkin Richards

Larkin is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. The only words that leave her mouth are "yinz" and "dippy eggs." Luckily, her writing has much more substance than that. As a Steelers and Pirates fan, sports can become a hot debate. Share your thoughts on dogs (specifically Boston Terriers) with her at: [email protected]

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