May 21, 2014

Sappington Joins Women's Soccer As Assistant Coach

Mark Sappington


University of Scranton head women’s soccer coach Colleen Pivirotto announced Wednesday that Mark Sappington has been hired as the team’s assistant coach.

Sappington, who recently completed his second season as a volunteer assistant coach with both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Shippensburg University, was a four-year member of the men’s soccer team at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.V. He worked with Shippensburg’s goalkeepers over the past two seasons, and holds a National Diploma and a Level 3 National Goal Keeper license from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to be joining the women's soccer program at The University of Scranton and to be working with Coach Pivirotto,” Sappington said. “I believe our two styles mesh very well together and will help the program and players continue to meet their goals on and off the field. I am looking forward to helping the women's soccer program continue its impressive tradition of success. And, I’m excited and proud to help instill the Jesuit ideals that The University of Scranton exemplifies.”

Sappington, who played more than 9,400 minutes in goal during his competitive career, has assisted in team training, recruiting, running ID camps and organizing fundraising efforts while at Shippensburg. On the field, he helped both teams earn Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoff berths, and helped the women’s team reach the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament this past fall. The starting goalkeepers on both teams also earned all-region honors this past fall.

In addition to his work at Shippensburg, Sappington has been a senior staff member at Tony Diccico’s SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School, a head coach with the Shippensburg Soccer Club U13 team, and a head coach, assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer for the Fury Soccer Club youth teams in his hometown of Morgantown, W.V. He has also worked camps at Shippensburg, Lock Haven, Slippery Rock and Franciscan universities, as well as for West Ham United Regional and Pro Performance, both in Morgantown.

Sappington graduated from Wheeling Jesuit in 2011 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology with a minor in theology. He is completing his master of science degree in psychological science at Shippensburg University this month.

Sappington will join the Royals prior to preseason camp in August. The team is coming off its fourth straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearance and will open the season on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. against Eastern in the Haverford Kickoff Classic at Haverford College in Haverford, Pa. 

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