Pivirotto Soccer Academy
Colleen Pivirotto | Camp Director / Owner
In nine seasons, former Royal standout Colleen Pivirotto (formerly Murphy) has led the Royals to an overall record of 117-44-20 (.702), including Landmark Conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016, an NCAA Tournament berth in 2013, and Landmark Conference tournament berths in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015.
In addition, her players have earned all-Landmark Conference honors 46 times, including Chelsea Paskman, a two-time all-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Paskman, along with 11 others — Christina Akalski, Caitlin Byrne, Erin Casey, Sarah Gibbons, Jamie Hreniuk, Amanda Kresge, Sydney Parker, Samatha Russo, Jasmine Sconciafurno, Erin Unterstein and Carolyn Warner — have earned NSCAA all-regional honors. Pivirotto herself was named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2016, and the coaching staff was also named Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year in 2010.
Pivirotto returned to her alma mater in January 2008, replacing Toby Lovecchio, who served as interim head coach for the 2007 season after veteran head coach Joe Bochicchio passed away on July 24, 2007. Pivirotto returned to Scranton after serving as assistant women’s soccer coach at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., in 2007. The Greyhounds finished 15-6-1 and advanced to the championship match of the Landmark Conference tournament, and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
Prior to her appointment at Moravian, she served as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., from August 2004 through June 2006, including a stint as acting head coach from December 2005 through March 2006, while working on and eventually earning her Master of Science degree in adult education. Pivirotto also served as an administrative intern for the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators in Wilmington, N.C., where she was responsible for office management, assisting with the 2006 NACWAA convention, along with marketing and public relations.
Pivirotto was a four-year letter-winner on some of the most successful teams in Scranton history under the legendary Bochicchio. She was a four-time all-Freedom Conference selection — first team in 2000 and 2003 and second team in 2001 and 2002 — and earned first-team all-Mid-Atlantic regional honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2003. She started 81 of 83 career matches as the Royals posted a four-year overall record of 71-13-4 (.830), including four Freedom Conference championships and four NCAA tournament appearances. In her senior year, she served as team captain and was a key member of a Royal defensive unit that posted 21 shutouts en route to a school-record 22 victories on a team that ended its season with a hard-fought 1-0 loss in double overtime to eventual champion Oneonta State University in Oneonta, N.Y., in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. She also played a key role on the 2001 team that lost a 1-0 decision to Wheaton College (Ill.) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in Wheaton, Illinois, to put the wraps on a 17-4-1 season.
Pivirotto is a native of Langhorne, Pa. and a graduate of Neshaminy High School. She was inducted into the Neshaminy High School Hall of Fame for girls’ soccer in 2006.
Pivirotto is the fourth head coach in University of Scranton women’s soccer history. She graduated cum laude from the university with a Bachelor of Science degree in management in 2004. She received her national diploma (with distinction) from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2008. Pivirotto also serves as an assistant director of athletics and senior woman administrator. She is married to University of Scranton men's soccer coach Matt Pivirotto. Their son, Ben, was born on Dec. 4, 2015.
Matt Pirvirotto | Camp Director
Matt Pivirotto’s 20-year tenure as head coach of The University of Scranton men’s soccer program has been highlighted by three NCAA Tournament Appearances (2012 - Elite Eight; 2015 - Second Round; 2016 - Second Round) and two Landmark Conference championships (2015 and 2016). He has been named the NSCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year in 2012, as well as the Freedom Conference Coach of the Year in 2006 and the Landmark Conference Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2016.
Under Pivirotto, the Royals have also had three Freedom Conference (2000, 2002, 2006) and six Landmark Conference post-season tournament berths (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016), including six championship appearances - 2006 (Freedom), 2007 (Landmark), 2009 (Landmark), 2012 (Landmark), 2015 (Landmark) and 2016 (Landmark).
In the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Pivirotto led the Royals to a convincing 2-0 win over UMass-Boston in the First Round, then bowed out of play to host St. Lawrence to finish the year with a 11-7-2 mark (Pivirotto's fifth double-digit win season), finishing the campaign with a 5-2-1 record over their last seven matches.
Pivirotto had his most successful season in 2012, guiding the Royals to a 17-3-2 record and a No. 9 final ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 national ranking while earning Landmark Conference Coach of the Year honors. The Royals won three NCAA Tournament games, reaching the Elite Eight for the first time since 1983, where they fell to eventual national champion Messiah. Senior forward Bill McGuiness earned second-team all-America honors from the NSCAA and first-team Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America, as well as being named Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 12 goals and adding seven assists.
Pivirotto has developed 33 players who have gone on to earn all-conference honors, including Jeremy Basedow, the co-recipient of the 2002 Freedom Conference most valuable player (MVP) award, and Tim Logan, the 2007 Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Fourteen of his players have also been named all-region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). A native of Williamsport, Pa., Pivirotto took over the Royals program just weeks before the start of the 1999 season. Even though Scranton struggled through a 3-16 season, the record doesn’t truly reflect Pivirottto’s efforts, especially on defense where the Royals allowed an average of less than two goals a game. Pivirotto put up impressive credentials while a player on the high school and collegiate level. He scored a career-record 77 goals at Bishop Neumann High School before enrolling at Lycoming College, where he finished as the Warriors’ all-time leading scorer with 128 total points. He earned all-Middle Atlantic Conference honors four times and was named the conference’s player of the year in 1996. He also garnered all-regional honors twice by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He graduated from Lycoming in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business finance. In keeping up with the latest trends in coaching, Pivirotto has earned national, advanced and Level I goalkeeping certification from the NSCAA. He is married to University of Scranton women's soccer coach Colleen Pivirotto. Their son, Ben, was born on Dec. 4, 2015. He is also the Director of the Piv’s Kids Soccer Camp!