University of Scranton Director of Athletics Dave Martin announced on Monday that Mike Bartoletti has been named full-time baseball coach and athletics facilities manager, effective immediately.
Bartoletti, who has coached the baseball team on a part-time basis for the past 15 seasons, assumes his new full-time role just as the University is nearly completion of the Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. Athletics Campus. The new campus, located at 100 Broadway Street in Scranton, includes new baseball, softball and multi-purpose fields, along with a fieldhouse with locker room space and a full-service athletics training room.
In his 15 years with the baseball team, Bartoletti has led the Royals to 245 victories, the most by a head coach in program history. In 2007, his Royals won a school record 26 games and reached the Landmark Conference championship series. He also led Scranton to the Landmark Conference playoffs in 2011, 2013 and 2015, reaching the championship series in both 2011 and 2013.
Bartoletti's impact on the program can't be measured in only wins and losses, as he has shown the ability to recruit student-athletes who have been successful in the classroom and on the diamond. In January 2016, Bartoletti took the Royals to the Dominican Republic for five days – one of only a handful of NCAA Division III teams to travel to the Dominican Republic. There, the team played three exhibitions against local teams, conducted a youth clinic for local children, and toured the area in and around Santo Domingo.
Bartoletti has recruited and developed three of the program's five Academic All-Americans as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, including 2011 graduate Chris Stallone, the program's first three-time recipient. Stallone was joined on the 2011 team by fellow graduate David Giglio, who also distinguished himself by earning third-team all-Mid-Atlantic Region honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) along with being named first-team all-Landmark Conference for the second straight season.
All-in-all, Bartoletti has coached two ABCA all-region and 17 all-conference selections, which includes 2010 Landmark Conference Player of the Year Chris Bligh, 2013 Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Year Corey Gorman, and 2006 Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year Chris Psihoules.
The baseball team is scheduled to open its 2018 season on Saturday, March 3, when the Royals host Albright in a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.