Ed Karpovich completed his third season as women's golf coach in 2018-19, having led the program since its inaugural season at the University in 2016-17. Karpovich is currently the longest active coach at the University. He also completed his 37th season as the men's golf coach.
In his first three seasons leading the women's program, Karpovich has guided Scranton to a 25-9-1 record in dual matches. He guided the Royals to a fourth place finish at the inaugural Landmark Conference women's golf championships to close the 2017-18 season followed by a sixth place result in the 2018-19 campaign.
Karpovich, who led the Royals to their best dual match record in the 2018-19 season at 13-2, has mentored four women to All-Landmark Conference honors as seniors Julie Cranney and Katie Allen, along with sophomore Brianna Stein, all earned Second Team accolades in 2018 while freshman Emma Nemitz matched the feat in 2019.
During Karpovich's 37-year tenure as men's golf coach, the Royals have compiled an overall record of 336-120-2 in dual-match competition. He also led Scranton to a Middle Atlantic Conference team championship in 1988. That team, which featured All-American and MAC individual champion Will Carey III, set aschool record with a 24-0 regular-season mark. Thirty of his players have earned all-conference honors, while two -- Carey and Mike Chomicz -- have competed in the NCAA Division III championships.
Scranton has won at least 10 matches in nine of the last 10 seasons, including six seasons with 12 or more victories highlighted by a 16-0 record in the 2019 season.
In 2013, the Royals had one of the most successful seasons in school history, going 12-0 and winning a trio of invitational titles -- the Utica Invitational, the Susquehanna Invitational and the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational. The win at Glenmaura was the team's third straight and came on the second playoff hole in dramatic fashion. The Royals also finished second at the Empire 8 Conference championships, their best finish in their eight seasons in the conference, an accomplishment they would match in 2014. Sophomore Erik Meyer earned first-team all-conference honors by finishing tied for fifth, and junior Charles Hudacek and freshman Eric Montella both earned second-team honors by finishing in a tie for ninth.
The 2011 season was one of Karpovich’s most memorable. The Royals went 10-0 in dual-match competition, won their first-ever Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational title, and placed fourth at the Empire 8 Conference championships, which was Scranton’s second season as a league member. Sophomore Jamie Bresnahan also became the first Royal golfer to earn all-Empire 8 Conference honors, tying for second place with a 72-hole total of 311.
The 2018 squad posted an 11-1 record in dual matches during the regular season and finished as the Landmark Conference runner-up, nearly overcoming a 13-stroke deficit on the final day to finish just three strokes behind Goucher. Senior Michael Boland was the individual conference champion and was named the Landmark Conference Player of the Year while freshman Thomas McAuliffe earned Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year honors.
Karpovich has also been an ambassador for the sport, joining with former King’s College head coach Tom Davis in 1999 to found the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational, an annual event that attracts some of the top Division III talent in the region. Glenmaura National also serves as the Royals’ home course. In addition, he served on the NCAA regional committee in 2011.
Karpovich is a 1976 graduate of the University and a member of its prestigious Wall of Fame. As a player, he led the Royals to three MAC team titles (1973, 1975, 1976), while capturing MAC individual championships in 1974 and 1976. He also competed in the 1974 and 1976 NCAA championships, finishing tied for 150th in 1974 and tied for 42nd in 1976. He currently serves as treasurer of Lackawanna County.
Awards & Honors
Landmark Conference Top-5 Finishes (1)
All-Landmark Conference Selections (4)
Katie Allen (2018, 2nd team)
Julie Cranney (2018, 2nd team)
Emma Nemitz (2019, 2nd team)
Brianna Stein (2018, 2nd team)