|Colleen Pivirotto||Sarah Jerome|
Women's soccer coach Colleen Pivirotto and her coaching staff have been honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) after leading the Royals to the Landmark Conference championship and a 17-1-2 overall record this past season.
Pivirotto guided the Royals to their most successful season since 2003 while earning their fifth Landmark Conference crown in her nine seasons as head coach. The 17 wins are the most since the 2003 season when Scranton finished 22-1-1 – Pivirotto was a starting midfielder on that team – and the one defeat also marks the first time since 2003 that the Royals had only one loss.
Pivirotto and assistant coach Sarah Jerome led the Royals to the standout season despite the loss of one of their best players, three-time NSCAA All-Region midfielder Tina Akalski, early in the season due to injury. The coaches adjusted and the moves paid off as sophomore forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) blossomed into an offensive force, winning co-Offensive Player of the Year honors in the conference while scoring 13 goals with three assists. Five other players scored at least five goals and six had 10 or more points.
The defense also stood out under Pivirotto and Jerome's tutelage, posting 14 shutouts, tied for fourth-most in a single season in Scranton history. The 0.55 goals-against average was the sixth-lowest on record in program history.
Senior defender Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany Hills) earned Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. Fellow senior defender Erin Casey (Hatfield, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) became the third player in program history to be named Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America when she earned second-team accolades earlier this month.
Each of the 24 staffs receiving NSCAA Regional Staff of the Year recognition will be honored at the College Coaches Awards Reception, presented by Surf Cup Sports, on January 12, 2017 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles in conjunction with the 2017 NSCAA Convention.
In addition, the eight NSCAA Regional Staff of the Year recipients in each NCAA Division will be placed on the ballot for NSCAA National Staff of the Year consideration within their respective NCAA Division. The ballot will also include the addition of coaching staffs from any schools which advance to the semifinals of their NCAA Championship.
To see the complete NSCAA Regional Staff of the Year list, visit http://www.nscaa.com/web/web/News/Articles/November_2016/NSCAA_Announces_Regional_Staffs_of_the_Year_for_NCAA_Women_s_Soccer.aspx.