State House Recognizes Strong

Mike Strong

Veteran University of Scranton women’s basketball coach Mike Strong has picked up many honors during his distinguished career.

He added another one on Monday, November 5, when he received word that a resolution by Representative Sid Michaels Kavulich (Democrat, Lackawanna/Luzerne/Susquehanna/Wyoming) designating December 1 through December 7, 2012, as Mike Strong Week in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted by the state House of Representatives.

In 32 seasons as head coach of the Lady Royals’ women’s basketball program, Strong, a native of nearby Hawley, has led Scranton to an NCAA Division III championship (1985) and to seven other Final Four appearances (1987, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006).  He furthered distinguished himself on Saturday, December 17, 2011, when the Lady Royals defeated Cabrini College, 46-43, in Radnor, Pennsylvania, picking up his 758th victory to surpass former St. John Fisher head coach Phil Kahler as the all-time leader in NCAA Division III women’s basketball history.

Overall, Strong enters the upcoming 2012-2013 season with a record of 770-169 (.820).

“Mike Strong has displayed great leadership and dedication to developing young minds academically and athletically throughout the commonwealth.  I’m thrilled to honor his accomplishments and contributions to our community,” said Kavulich, in a press release distributed by his office Monday afternoon.


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