Mia Collarini Wascura is off to a fast start to her coaching career, compiling 172 victories in eight seasons after taking over the program prior to the 2012 season. Scranton's winningest coach in program history, Collarini Wascura has led the Royals to a 172-120 (.589) record during her coaching career and four Landmark Conference playoff appearances. She has also guided Scranton to five seasons with at least 20 victories, and back-to-back seasons with over 30 victories, the only such seasons in program history.
The 2019 season was one for the ages for Collarini Wascura and the Royals, as Scranton went on a tear in the 2019 Landmark Conference Championship as the number-four seed to take their first Landmark title with a 7-2 victory over Susquehanna in the final game of the tournament. To take the conference crown, the Royals had to knock-off nationally-ranked Moravian twice in two days, while also taking three games in a row on the final day of competition (one over Moravian and two-in-a-row over Susquehanna).
With the Landmark title, Scranton advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1983, where the bowed out to top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan and Manhattanville. Finishing the season with a 32-15 mark, the Royals won over 30 games for the second straight season, the first time that has ever happened in the history of the program.
On the year, Collarini Wascura once again led some of the best players in the country and region. In all, six players earned All-Landmark Conference honors, while Megan Zinn and Jennifer Sweeney nabbed NFCA All-Region Accolades. Zinn went on to earn NFCA All-American honors, marking the second straight season in which one of Collarini Wascura's players was named an All-American. Zinn was also honored for her work in the classroom, earning CoSIDA Academic All-American First Team accolades, as well.
The 2018 season was a record-breaking campaign for the Royals under Collarini Wascura as Scranton set a new school record for wins in a season, going 33-11 overall on its way to a runner-up finish at the Landmark Conference Championships. The Royals, who reached the 30-win plateau for the first time in program history, also went 9-3 against Landmark Conference opponents during the regular season to earn the #2 seed in the postseason tournament. Scranton went on to reach the conference championship round where they fell to nationally-ranked Moravian.
Following the season, freshman Jennifer Sweeney was honored as a NFCA Third Team All-American after being named NFCA First Team All-Region, the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Conference. Sweeney became the first player in program history to earn All-American honors. Sophomore Megan Zinn captured Second Team All-Conference honors and, along with senior Morgan Rentzheimer, was chosen to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
In 2017, Collarini Wascura to a second straight 20-win campaign, marking the first time in program history that the Royals won at least 20 games in consecutive seasons. Scranton ended the season with a bang, as they knocked off seventh-ranked Moravian, 3-2, in their season finale. Collarini Wascura made history during the season, as a 3-1 win over Wilkes on April 18 was the 100th of her short coaching tenure at Scranton.
Individually, five of Collarani Wascura's players earned All-Landmark Conference honors at the end of the season, with freshman Megan Zinn earning First Team honors. Meanwhile, Shannon Stricker was honored for her work in the classroom, nabbing CoSIDA Academic All-American Honors, while also being named the Landmark Conference's Senior Scholar-Athlete at the end of the season.
In 2016, Collarini Wascura led the Royals back to the Landmark Conference Playoffs for the first time since her rookie season on the bench, leading the team to a 20-16 record and a 6-6 mark in Landmark Play. Collarini Wascura also coached junior Shannon Stricker to Landmark Conference Player of the Year and All-Landmark Conference First Team honors. Junior Jenna Snyder also earned All-Landmark Conference First Team accolades, while junior Christine Kiefer was a Second Team selection.
In 2015, the Royals more than doubled their win output from the 2014 season and had four players land spots on the All-Landmark Conference team, led by first-team selections Romano at second base and Stricker at shortstop. In addition, sophomore catcher Jacqueline DeSarro and freshman pitcher Morgan Rentzheimer were named second team.
In 2013, Collarini Wascura led the Royals to 13 victories despite the loss of a strong senior class the previous spring. Two players earned All-Landmark Conference honors -- Caitlin McHenry (first team) and Stephanie Romano (second team). Romano repeated as a second-team all-conference selection in 2014 and was joined by freshmen Shannon Stricker and Angelica Titor, each of whom garnered second-team honors.
In her first season as Scranton's head coach in 2012, Collarini Wascura opened up more than a few eyes that year when she led the Royals to 26 wins---one shy of tying the school record---and a berth in the Landmark Conference tournament. Along the way, the Royals established a new school mark by winning 15 consecutive games.
A native of nearby Jessup, Collarini Wascura is a 2011 graduate of Scranton with Bachelor of Science degrees in counseling and human services and history and recently earned her Master of Science degree in school counseling from the University. She is the 12th head coach in the program’s history.
Collarini Wascura made quite an impression during her four-year career as a member of The University of Scranton softball team. A two-time all-Landmark Conference selection (1st team in 2008, 2nd team in 2011) and a 2008 first-team South region selection in Scranton’s previous affiliation with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), she finished her career as the Royals’ all-time leader in walks (66), third in at-bats (405) and doubles (28), fifth in hits (125) and triples (10), and sixth in sacrifices (11).
Collarini Wascura, who served as team captain in 2011, batted .309 for her career, including a .401 average in 2008 as Scranton won a school-record 27 wins and advanced to the Landmark Conference tournament in the league’s inaugural season of competition.
That season is one she'll never forget. She set Royal single-season records for runs scored (46), walks (23) and at-bats (137), and her 55 hits were the third-most in the program’s history. She also belted 15 doubles and five triples, which is tied for second and fourth most, respectively, in Scranton history.
Collarini Wascura was just as successful in the classroom, too. She earned a spot on the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll three times (2009, 2010, 2011) and was named third-team District II All-Academic by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in 2011. She also served as a member of the History Club, Colleges Against Cancer, Counseling & Human Services Association and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In addition, her community services activities included the United Neighborhood Centers Thanksgiving Food Drive, Cancer Careline’s Adopt a Family Program, Lackawanna County Health Care Center, Race for the Cure and Lupus Walk.
For the past two years, Collarini Wascura has served as a clinician for the Tri-State Angels, working with outfielders, doing one-on-one sessions with campers, and giving instructions on hitting. As part of her commitment to the campus community, she took part in an international service project to Haiti through the Jesuit Center in January 2013 and will be part of a Kino Border Initiative to Mexico during the 2014 fall semester break. In addition, she serves on the University's Apple Conference, which works with students to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse.
In addition, she promotes the sport of softball by serving as an instructor at various camps and clinics throughout the tri-state area.
30-or-more Win Seasons (2)
2018 (33-11), 2019 (32-15)
20-or-more Win Seasons (4)
2012 (26-10), 2016 (20-16), 2017 (20-15), 2018 (33-11)
Winning Season (6)
2012 (26-10), 2015 (19-15), 2016 (20-16), 2017 (20-15), 2018 (33-11), 2019 (32-15)
Landmark Conference Tournament Appearances (4)
2012, 2016, 2018, 2019
Landmark Conference Championships (1)
NFCA All-American (2)
Jennifer Sweeney (Third Team, 2018), Megan Zinn (Third Team, 2019)
NFCA All-Region (3)
Jennifer Sweeney (First Team, 2018; Third Team, 2019); Megan Zinn (First Team, 2019)
CoSIDA District 4 All-Academic (1)
Kelly Zaccheo (2012)
CoSIDA Academic All-District (5)
Shannon Stricker (2016, 2017), Morgan Rentzheimer (2018), Megan Zinn (2018, 2019)
CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (3)
Kelly Zaccheo (2012), Shannon Stricker (2017), Megan Zinn (2019)
Landmark Conference Players of the Year (1)
Shannon Stricker (2016)
Landmark Conference Rookies of the Year (1)
Jennifer Sweeney (2018)
All-Landmark Conference Selections (29)
Heather Alich (1st team, 2019)
Christine Capalbo (1st team, 2012)
Jacqueline DeSarro (2nd team, 2015; 2nd team, 2017)
Maggie Donnelly (2nd team, 2019)
Meghan Dowdell (2nd team, 2019)
Kaitlyn Frazza (2nd team, 2012)
Christine Kiefer (2nd team, 2016; 2nd team, 2017)
Caitlin McHenry (1st team, 2013; 2nd team, 2012)
Jessica Indelicato (2nd team, 2019)
Morgan Rentzheimer (2nd team, 2015; 2nd team, 2017)
Stephanie Romano (2nd team, 2013; 2nd team, 2014, 1st team, 2015)
Jenna Snyder (1st team, 2016)
Shannon Stricker (2nd team, 2014; 1st team, 2015; 1st team, 2016; 2nd team, 2017)
Jennifer Sweeney (Rookie of the Year, 2018; 1st team, 2018/2019)
Angelica Titor (2nd team, 2014)
Kelly Zaccheo (2nd team, 2012)
Megan Zinn (1st team, 2017; 2nd team, 2018; 1st team, 2019)
*Landmark Conference All-Academic Team (1)
Kelly Zaccheo (2012)
Landmark Conference Senior Scholar-Athlete (1)
Shannon Stricker (2017)
Landmark Conference All-Sportsmanship Team (6)
2014 Katherine Kunak
2015 Katherine Kunak
2016 Kimberly Plaspohl
2017 Jacyln Mauro
2018 Kaitlyn Brogan
2019 Molly Hampsey
*This award is no longer presented
The University of Scranton All-Time Coaching Records
|Gary Wodder, Ph.D.||1980-82; 1984-86||6||98-50||.685|
|Colleen (Mahon) Moyer||2007-2011||5||79-82||.491|
|Mia Collarini Wascura||2012-2019||8||172-120||.589|