Mike Bartoletti completed his 14th season as the head coach of the Royals in 2016, having established the program among the top teams in the Landmark Conference.
Four times since the conference formed in 2007-08, the Royals have reached the postseason, including three appearances in the championship. The Royals have had five winning seasons and one .500 campaign during that time. The Royals posted three straight seasons of at least 20 wins for the first time in school history from 2011-2013. Overall, Bartoletti is 226-291-1 (.437) in 14 seasons at the helm.
The 2015 season was one of the best in Bartoletti's time at Scranton. Coming off an 11-win season in 2014 and picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll, Bartoletti's Royals stormed through the Landmark Conference regular season schedule, finishing atop the standings with a 16-5 mark and earning the top seed in the playoffs for the first time. Despite being upset by eventual conference champ Catholic in the semifinals, the Royals finished 22-15 overall, the team's fourth season in the past five with at least 20 victories, and re-established themselves as a force in the conference.
In 2013, the Royals went 23-20, including 10-8 in the Landmark Conference regular season to earn a playoff berth. They advanced to the championship bracket by winning an elimination game against the host and top seed, Catholic, 6-5, in 11 innings. The Royals trailed 5-2 with two outs and nobody on base in the top of the ninth, but a hit batter, two-run home run, single and RBI double tied the game in thrilling fashion. But less than 24 hours, the Royals lost to Moravian in the first game of the championship series.
Prior to his arrival in 2003, the Royals hadn’t enjoyed a winning season since 1990.
After going through some growing pains in Bartoletti’s first five seasons, the Royals broke through in 2008 in their first season in the Landmark. They won a program-record 26 games, including an upset of top-seeded Juniata College on its home field to move into championship bracket of the conference tournament, where they eventually lost to Catholic University.
Catholic once again ended the Royals’ dream of an NCAA tournament bid in 2011, taking the title with a 14-9 win in the first of two potential championship games. Nevertheless, Bartoletti’s peers recognized his work, voting the Royals' coaching staff as the tops in the conference for the 2011 season.
His impact on the program can’t be measured in wins and losses, but, more importantly, through his ability to recruit student-athletes who have been successful in the classroom and on the diamond.
Bartoletti has recruited and developed three of the program’s five Academic All-Americans as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, including 2011 graduate Chris Stallone, the program’s first three-time recipient. Stallone was joined on the 2011 team by fellow graduate David Giglio, who also distinguished himself by earning third-team all-Mid-Atlantic Region honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) along with being named first-team all-Landmark Conference for the second straight season.
All-in-all, Bartoletti has coached two ABCA all-region and 16 all-conference selections, which includes 2010 Landmark Conference Player of the Year Chris Bligh, 2013 Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Year Corey Gorman, and 2006 Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year Chris Psihoules.
Moving the program in the right direction wasn’t easy.
Bartoletti inherited a team that won only three games the year prior to his arrival. And yet Bartoletti made an immediate impact in his first season, in 2003, as the Royals nearly tripled their win output. Even though Scranton managed only seven victories the following year, Scranton produced two all-Freedom Conference selections in outfielder Mike Urbanovich and infielder Michael Cottone.
In 2006, the Royals won 17 games, the most for the program since 1990, while picking up a number of individual honors. Psihoules was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year and was selected first-team all-conference, while junior infielder Mike Graziano earned second-team honors. In 2005, Bartoletti mentored Alex Beras, a four-year member of the Royal pitching staff who was drafted by the New York Mets. In 2007, Scranton won 13 games while three players — Psihoules, Graziano and pitcher Justin Champagne — earned all-conference honors.
In addition to Beras, who spent four seasons playing professionally, 2010 graduate Todd McGee pitched professionally for two seasons in the Golden Baseball League and Frontier League, both independent leagues, and Gorman signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and pitched for their Rookie League teams in Dunedin, Fla., and Blufield, W.V. in the summer of 2013.
Prior to his appointment, Bartoletti served as head baseball coach at nearby Lackawanna College from 1994-19. He led the Falcons to a five-year record of 111-86-2 (.563), which included five straight Region XIX post-season tournament appearances and four seasons with at least 20 victories (1995-1998). He also served as head women's basketball coach there from 1994-2001, posting an overall record of 163-40 (.802), which included a Region XIX championship in 1995 and five other runner-up finishes (1996-2000).
He holds an Associate of Science degree in liberal arts from Lackawanna College and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in sports management from Robert Morris University in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.
Mike resides in Old Forge with his wife, Marylynn.
Overall Record: 226-291-1 (.437)
Awards & Honors
Landmark Conference Coach/Coaching Staff of the Year (2)
20-or-More Win Seasons (5)
2008 (*26), 2011 (24), 2012 (20), 2013 (23), 2015 (22)
Landmark Conference Tournament Appearances (4)
2008, 2011, 2013, 2015
Winning Seasons (5)
2008 (*26-16), 2011 (24-18), 2012 (20-16), 2013 (23-20), 2015 (22-15)
American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)-Rawlings All-Mid-Atlantic Selections (2)
Chris Bligh (1st team, 2008; 1st team, 2009; 1st team, 2010)
David Giglio (3rd team, 2011)
D3baseball.com All-Mid-Atlantic Selections (1)
Michael Amaturo (3rd team, 2013)
#Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South All-Star Selections (3)
Mike Urbanovich (2nd team, 2004)
Chris Psihoules (1st team, 2009)
Chris Stallone (2nd team, 2009)
#Scranton is no longer a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference
CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (3)
Justin Champagne (3rd team, 2008; 1st team, 2010)
David Giglio (2nd team, 2011)
Chris Stallone (3rd team, 2009; 1st team, 2010; 1st team, 2011)
CoSIDA District II All-Academic (4)
Justin Champagne (1st team, 2008; 1st team, 2010)
David Giglio (1st team, 2011)
Michael Cottone (2nd team, 2005)
Chris Stallone (1st team, 2009; 1st team, 2010; 1st team, 2011)
#Freedom Conference Selections (5)
Justin Champagne (2nd team, 2007)
Michael Cottone (2nd team, 2004)
Mike Graziano (1st team, 2007; 2nd team, 2006)
Chris Psihoules (1st team, 2006; 1st team, 2007)
Mike Urbanovich (1st team, 2004)
#Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year Selections (1)
Chris Psihoules (2006)
#Scranton is no longer a member of the Freedom Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation
Landmark Conference Player of the Year (1)
Chris Bligh (2010)
Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Year (1)
Corey Gorman (2013)
Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year (1)
Tommy Trotter (2015)
Landmark Conference Selections (19)
Michael Amaturo (1st team, 2013)
Chris Bligh (1st team, 2010; 2nd team, 2008, 2009)
Justin Champagne (2nd team, 2008, 2010)
Ross Danzig (2nd team, 2014)
Zach Dignam (2nd team, 2016)
Kyle Fox (2nd team, 2008)
Michael Gaeta (1st team, 2013; 2nd team, 2012)
David Giglio (1st team, 2010, 2011)
Corey Gorman (1st team, 2013)
Brian Healy (2nd team, 2015)
Kevin Johnson (2nd team, 2008)
Jeff Manahan (2nd team, 2009, 2011)
Patrick O'Dell (1st team, 2015)
Chris Psihoules (1st team, 2009)
Rocky Sawyer (1st team, 2011)
Brad Schneider (1st team, 2016)
Chris Stallone (1st team, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Tommy Trotter (1st team, 2015, 2016)
Michael Umerich (1st team, 2015)