In six seasons, former Royal standout Colleen Pivirotto (formerly Murphy) has led the Royals to an overall record of 77-31-14 (.689), including Landmark Conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2012, an NCAA Tournament berth in 2013, and Landmark Conference tournament berths in 2008 and 2009.
In addition, her players have earned all-Landmark Conference honors 31 times, including Chelsea Paskman, a two-time all-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Paskman, along with eight others — Christina Akalski, Caitlin Byrne, Erin Casey, Sarah Gibbons, Amanda Kresge, Sydney Parker, Samatha Russo and Erin Unterstein — have earned NSCAA all-regional honors. Pivirotto herself was named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year in 2013, and the coaching staff was also named Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year in 2010.
The Royals made their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division III Tournamentin 2013, taking on Endicott in a first-round match in Middlebury, Vt. The Royals couldn't find the back of the net, however, and suffered a 1-0 loss.
Pivirotto returned to her alma mater in January 2008, replacing Toby Lovecchio, who served as interim head coach for the 2007 season after veteran head coach Joe Bochicchio passed away on July 24, 2007. Pivirotto returned to Scranton after serving as assistant women’s soccer coach at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., in 2007. The Greyhounds finished 15-6-1 and advanced to the championship match of the Landmark Conference tournament, and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
Prior to her appointment at Moravian, she served as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., from August 2004 through June 2006, including a stint as acting head coach from December 2005 through March 2006, while working on and eventually earning her Master of Science degree in adult education. Pivirotto also served as an administrative intern for the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators in Wilmington, N.C., where she was responsible for office management, assisting with the 2006 NACWAA convention, along with marketing and public relations.
Pivirotto was a four-year letter-winner on some of the most successful teams in Scranton history under the legendary Bochicchio. She was a four-time all-Freedom Conference selection — first team in 2000 and 2003 and second team in 2001 and 2002 — and earned first-team all-Mid-Atlantic regional honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2003. She started 81 of 83 career matches as the Royals posted a four-year overall record of 71-13-4 (.830), including four Freedom Conference championships and four NCAA tournament appearances. In her senior year, she served as team captain and was a key member of a Royal defensive unit that posted 21 shutouts en route to a school-record 22 victories on a team that ended its season with a hard-fought 1-0 loss in double overtime to eventual champion Oneonta State University in Oneonta, N.Y., in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. She also played a key role on the 2001 team that lost a 1-0 decision to Wheaton College (Ill.) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in Wheaton, Illinois, to put the wraps on a 17-4-1 season.
Pivirotto is a native of Langhorne, Pa. and a graduate of Neshaminy High School. She was inducted into the Neshaminy High School Hall of Fame for girls’ soccer in 2006.
Pivirotto is the fourth head coach in University of Scranton women’s soccer history. She graduated cum laude from the university with a Bachelor of Science degree in management in 2004. She received her national diploma (with distinction) from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2008. Pivirotto also serves as an assistant director of athletics and senior woman administrator.
Landmark Conference Championships (3)
2010, 2011, 2012
Landmark Conference Post-Season Tournament Appearances
2008, 2009. 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
NCAA Tournament Appearances (4)
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Overall Record: 77-31-14 (.689)
Winning Seasons (6)
2008 (11-8), 2009 (13-4-2), 2010 (16-6-1), 2011 (13-4-3), 2012 (9-7-5), 2013 (15-3-3)
All-Landmark Conference Selections (31)
Christina Akalski (1st team, 2013), Emily Boyce (2nd team, 2008), Caitlin Byrne (2nd team, 2009; 1st team, 2010), Erin Casey (2nd team, 2012; 1st team, 2013), Emily Farrell (1st team, 2010), Sarah Gibbons (1st team, 2011), Amanda Kresge (1st team, 2011), Emily MacPhee (1st team, 2008), Kelsy McAnelly (2nd team, 2011; 1st team, 2012; 1st team, 2013), Sydney Parker (2nd team, 2009; 1st team, 2010; 2nd team, 2011; 1st team, 2012), Chelsea Paskman (1st team, 2008; 1st team, 2009; 1st team, 2010), Samantha Russo (1st team, 2010; 1st team, 2011; 1st team, 2012; 1st team, 2013), Jasmine Sconciafurno (2nd team, 2013), Eileen Sodano (1st team, 2008), Jess Sciscione (1st team, 2010; 1st team, 2011; 1st team, 2012), Erin Unterstein (1st team, 2009), Ellen Walker (2nd team, 2013).
Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year
Caitlin Byrne (2010)
Amanda Kresge (2011)
Erin Casey (2013)
Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year
Chelsea Paskman (2009, 2010)
Samantha Russo (2013)
Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year (2)
Samantha Russo (2010)
Christina Akalski (2013)
NSCAA All-American Selections (2)
Chelsea Paskman (2nd team, 2009; 3rd team, 2010)
NSCAA/adidas All-Mid-Atlantic Region Selections
Christina Akalski (2nd team, 2013), Caitlin Byrne (3rd team, 2010), Erin Casey (3rd team, 2013), Sydney Parker (3rd team, 2010), Chelsea Paskman (2nd team, 2008; 1st team, 2009; 1st team, 2010), Samantha Russo (2nd team, 2010; 2nd team, 2013), Erin Unterstein (2nd team, 2009)
Awards & Honors
Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year (1): 2010
Landmark Conference Coach of the Year (1): 2013
University of Scranton All-Time Coaching Records
|Colleen Pivirotto '04
|Toby Lovecchio '85 (Interim)
John Kelly Morahan (co-head coach)
Mark Sappington joined The University of Scranton women's soccer team as an assistant coach in the summer of 2014.
Sappington, who completed his second season as a volunteer assistant coach with both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Shippensburg University in the spring of 2014, 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.
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.
|Previous College:||Bloomsburg '07|
Jon Keller is entering his fourth season as a volunteer assistant coach with the women's soccer team as the goalkeepers' coach. A 2007 graduate of Bloomsburg University with a degree in business administration, Keller played in the field and in goal for the Huskies during his career, including 17 starts in goal during his senior year.
Keller, who also studied plumbing and heating at Luzerne County Community College following his graduation from Bloomsburg, will begin pursuing his masters in operations management at The University of Scranton this fall.