Al Russomano completed his 12th season as the Royals' head coach in 2017-18, and has provided a wealth of experience as both a coach and competitor to The University of Scranton wrestling program.
Last winter, Russamon guided the Royals to a 10-4 record and an 11th place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship. The Royals also finished first out of nine teams at Washington & Lee's Jim Crytzer Memorial Invitational on January 6 after the team won six of its first eight matches on the season.
During the 2016-17, Russomano led the Royals to a 15-4 record, the most wins in a single season in program history. Scranton won its first 12 matches and set the school record with its 14th win of the season on Jan. 29, defeating Penn College of Technology, 38-12. Four Royals earned Scholar All-American honors from the National Wrestling Coaches Association -- senior Ian Evans, junior Zachary D'Apolito, sophomore Daniel D'Agostini and freshman Keegan Connelly. Evans finished the season with a 32-5 record, giving him 122 career victories, second-most in program history.
In 2015-16, Russomano led the Royals to a 9-9 record, the team's first .500 record since the 2004-05 season. The nine victories are also a program-best since 2004-05. Russomano also moved into second place on the school's all-time coaching victories list with 42 career victories.
One of the highlights of Russomano's coaching tenure came in March 2007 when he escorted senior Donell Young to the NCAA Division III championships in Duqubue, Iowa. Young became the 11th wrestler in school history to qualify for the NCAA championships.
Russomano has also coached two of the top-five winningest wrestlers in program history. Current senior Ian Evans enters the 2016-17 season with 90 victories, third-most in school history. Shawn Flesche, who wrestled from 2011-15, is fifth on that list with 76 career wins.
Prior to his appointment as head coach, Russomano served as an assistant varsity wrestling coach for nine seasons at nearby Scranton High School, where he helped develop four Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District II champions and two two-time all-regional selections by the The Times-Tribune. He was also on staff when the Knights won the Lackawanna League Division II title in 2000.
Russomano also served as head junior high school and substitute assistant varsity wrestling coach at Elk Lake High School in Dimock, Pa., where the Warriors produced two junior high school individual district champions and were Northern Athletic Conference (NAC) team champions in 1994.
Russomano, a former member of the PIAA Coaches’ Association and current member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), also served as head coach of the Iron Man Wrestling Club of Pennsylvania in Scranton in 1999-2000, where he was voted by the organization’s more than 200 members as its coach of the year at its annual end of the season tournament. He has been a guest clinician at various wrestling clubs and events throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
He learned his craft from Larry Fornicoli, the legendary head coach of the wrestling program at the then Keystone Junior College in nearby LaPlame in the early 1970s. As a competitor, Russomano finished third in the PIAA District II championships at the former Scranton Technical High School and was a two-time Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Eastern qualifier. He is also a two-time Pennsylvania state power-lifting champion (1972, 1973).
Russomano resides in Scranton. A certified fitness trainer and specialist in exercise therapy by the International Sports & Sciences, he is the owner of Coach's Personal Fitness in nearby Dunmore. Russomano is also the father of two sons: Anthony, a United States Marine Corps veteran who took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Al, Jr., also a member of the United States Marine Corps and a former member of the all-Marine International wrestling team.
University of Scranton All-Time Coaching Records
|John Hopkins||1968-1987, 1988-1998||29||183-260-4||.413|
|Steve Laidacker||1987-1988, 1998-2002||5||39-59-1||.399|