Athletics director Toby Lovecchio announced today that Janice Winslow has been named head coach of The University of Scranton women’s tennis team. A 1984 graduate of The University, where she is currently employed full-time as Director of Recreational Sports, Winslow will start immediately.
“I am very excited to be coaching tennis again,” said Winslow, who has worked at The University since 1986. “As a long-time employee, I love The University and am looking forward to serving our students in another capacity.”
Winslow returns to coaching after leading the women’s tennis team at nearby Marywood University in Scranton for 21 seasons from 1986 to 2007. During that time, she became the winningest coach in Marywood athletics history, a mark she still holds, by going 199-63 (.760) while posting 20 winning seasons, including 10 seasons of 10-or-more victories.
The Pacers won nine Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) titles and two Eastern States Athletic Conference titles under Winslow’s tutelage. She was PAC Coach of the Year on six occasions and was inducted into the Marywood Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003. Two years earlier, she led the Pacers to a school record-tying 14 victories as part of a nine-season run of 10-or-more victories that spanned from 1997-98 through 2005-06.
“I’m very pleased to have Janice join our women’s tennis program,” said Toby Lovecchio, Director of Athletics. “She has a wealth of knowledge, success and experience in tennis, not to mention her connections in the local tennis community. Having someone who is on campus full-time, has been a dedicated employee of The University, is an alumnus and is devoted to the ideals of a Jesuit education will only enhance the experiences of our student-athletes.”
Winslow started her professional career at The University of Scranton in 1986 when she was hired as Associate Director of Recreational Sports. She served in that capacity until 1997, when she became the Director of Recreational Sports, the title she currently holds. She has also served as an adjunct professor in The University’s Department of Exercise Science since 1994. She was honored with membership in the Pro Deo et Universitate for 20 years of service at The University in 2005. She received her master’s in Human Resources Administration from The University in 1996.
Winslow is also a member and has been an active volunteer with the Lupus Foundation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and was honored as a “Northeast Woman” in 1998 for her work with the Foundation.
A member of the United States Tennis Association, Winslow takes over a program that is coming off back-to-back Landmark Conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012. The title and NCAA bid in 2011 were both firsts for the program, and the Royals achieved another first last spring when they posted their first NCAA Tournament victory by defeating La Roche College, 5-0, in the first round before losing to nationally ranked Johns Hopkins in the second round.
Winslow’s husband, Rich, is a 1994 graduate of The University of Scranton. They live in nearby Scott Township and have two daughters – Emily, 11, and Elena, 9.