SCRANTON, Pa. - Toby Lovecchio, director of athletics at The University of Scranton, has announced the appointment of Mia Collarini as full-time head softball coach. Collarini replaces Colleen (Mahon) Moyer, who resigned recently after leading the Royals to an overall record of 79-82 record (.491) over the past five seasons, including three Landmark Conference postseason tournament berths (2008, 2010, 2011). Moyer will still remain with the university as head field hockey coach.
"I am very confident that Mia will do outstanding work for The University of Scranton," says Lovecchio. "She has tremendous passion for the softball program and for the university. Mia is a tremendous leader and role model, has an excellent work ethic, and is deeply committed to the mission of our university. She will have an immediate positive impact on our softball program. I'm excited for the student-athletes and very grateful that Mia Collarini is a member of our staff."
A native of nearby Jessup, Pennsylvania, Collarini is a 2011 graduate of Scranton with Bachelor of Science degrees in counseling and human services and history and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in school counseling. She becomes the 12th head coach in the program's 35-year history.
Collarini enjoyed a highly-successful career as a four-year member of the Royal softball program. 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).
"I want to thank everyone at The University of Scranton for believing in me and my plans for the program," says Collarini. "I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be the next head coach at Scranton. I'm here to win in everything that we do—win in the classroom, the community, and on the field. I have big hopes and dreams for this program, and I look forward to a bright future awaiting The University of Scranton softball program."
Collarini, who served as team captain this past year, 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 postseason tournament in the league's inaugural season of competition.
That 2008 season is one that Collarini will likely 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 was just as successful in the classroom, too, earning 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) this past spring. 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.
The Royals are coming off an 18-14 season, including a 7-5 mark and a postseason tournament berth in their fourth season as a member of the Landmark Conference.
Story provided by Scranton Sports Information