In 11 seasons, former Royal standout Colleen Pivirotto (formerly Murphy) has led the Royals to an overall record of 148-50-25 (.720), including five Landmark Conference championships (2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017) and seven NCAA tournament appearances (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018). She has led Scranton to the Landmark Conference playoffs in all 11 seasons in which she has coached the Royals.
In addition, her players have earned all-Landmark Conference honors 56 times, including Chelsea Paskman, a two-time all-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Rebecca Russo, who was a United Soccer Coaches All-American honoree in 2018. Paskman and Russo, along with 14 others — Christina Akalski, Colleen Berry, Caitlin Byrne, Erin Casey, Sarah Gibbons, Jamie Hreniuk, Amanda Kresge, Erica Licari, Sydney Parker, Samatha Russo, Jasmine Sconciafurno, Erin Unterstein and Carolyn Warner — have earned NSCAA all-regional honors. Pivirotto herself was named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year three times (2013, 2016, 2018) and the coaching staff was also named Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year in 2010.
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. She is married to University of Scranton men's soccer coach Matt Pivirotto. Their son, Ben, was born on Dec. 4, 2015.