Toby Lovecchio has been serving as the director of athletics at his alma mater since August 1997. In this capacity, he oversees an athletics program that serves the needs of more than 400 student-athletes that compete in 18 sports — nine for men and nine for women — on the NCAA Division III level.
During his tenure, the university added women’s lacrosse as an intercollegiate varsity sport, joined the Landmark Conference, upgraded Fitzpatrick Field, purchased an 80-acre parcel of land for future development of athletic facilities, purchased the Southside Athletic Complex, and added eight full-time head coaching and six full-time assistance coaching positions, two full-time athletic training positions and two full-time positions in athletic communications.
In addition, Lovecchio has overseen consecutive years of growth in fundraising donations. He also initiated and completed the university’s athletic logo design, started the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and has overseen significant indoor and outdoor facility- enhancement projects. The Royals have also enjoyed tremendous success under Lovecchio’s leadership, including four NCAA Final Four appearances, 44 NCAA tournament appearances, 20 Landmark Conference championships, seven overall Middle Atlantic Conference titles, 26 Middle Atlantic/Freedom Conference championships, 20 All-Americans, 15 Academic All-Americans, and eight NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipients.
While building on Scranton's athletic and academic excellence is very important, Lovecchio has also incorporated creative ideas in the area of external relations. He has led initiatives such as the Women’s & Men’s Basketball radio program and an informative and visually appealing athletics Web site, as well as assisting in the formation of the annual Peter A. Carlesimo Awards dinner.
Prior to his appointment at Scranton, he worked in a variety of roles within the athletics department at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, including assistant director of athletics for business services and internal operations for five years and head women’s soccer coach for seven seasons. He started the NCAA Division I varsity intercollegiate program in 1990 and led the Bison to six straight Patriot League tournament appearances, including one undefeated regular-season championship and earning coach of the year honors in 1995.
In addition, he took over as head coach of the Royals’ women’s soccer team on an interim basis after veteran Scranton head coach Joe Bochicchio passed away in July 2007 and led that team to the Landmark Conference championship. The Scranton coaching staff was selected the staff of the year in a ballot conducted among the Landmark Conference eight head coaches.
After playing one season of soccer at Syracuse University, Lovecchio transferred to Scranton and joined Michael Capasso on a Royal defensive unit that helped goalies Bill McNeel and Kevin Ferrari post 30 shutouts and finish with a three-year record of 52-16-2. In three seasons, he played alongside five National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) all-Americans and 10 NCSAA all-regional selections.
A two-time all-Middle Atlantic Conference selection (1983, 1984), Lovecchio started on two NCAA Final Four teams and nine NCAA tournament games in his career, four of which the Royals held the opposition scoreless. He was also a member of two Middle Atlantic Conference North and overall championship teams (1982, 1984). In December of 2008, he was inducted into the university’s prestigious Wall of Fame, joining teammates Capasso, O’Neill, McNeel, Ferrari, Jeff Arestivo, Dan Diceanu, Gerald Pindar and former head coach and current associate director of athletics Stephen Klingman.
Lovecchio graduated from the University of Scranton in 1985 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the university and a Master of Education degree with a concentration in athletic administration from Temple University. He is also a graduate of The Sports Management Institute Executive Program of the University of North Carolina and University of Southern California.
A native of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, and a 1980 graduate of Notre Dame High School in East Stroudsburg, where he is a member of the athletics Hall of Fame, Toby and his wife Cathy, an associate professor in the University’s nursing department, reside in Clarks Summit with their two children, Matthew and Lydia.