A Note From Athletics Director Toby Lovecchio


Toby Lovecchio '85 has served as Royal AD since 1997

It may be hard to believe that our athletics program completed its eighth year in the Landmark Conference.

During this span, the Royals have developed quite a reputation for excellence not only on the courts and playing fields but in the classroom as well.  For as proud as we are of the 21 conference titles that our teams have won since joining the Landmark, we’re equally as proud of our student-athletes’ commitment to academic achievement.

This past year, for example, 127 student-athletes were named to the conference’s Academic Honor Roll, which recognizes those student-athletes who are at least a sophomore and have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  

And among those 127 honored, five of them—Michael Ambrose (men’s swimming & diving), Julia Crilly (volleyball), Ross Danzig (men’s basketball), Meredith Mesaris (women’s basketball), and Stephanie Romano (softball)—were named the Senior Scholar-Athlete in their respective sports by the conference.  That’s quite an achievement!

I’d be remiss, however, if I didn’t mention the academic accomplishments of the men’s golf and wrestling teams, which do not compete in the Landmark and are therefore ineligible for conference awards, but whose efforts are just as impressive nevertheless.  

The men’s golf team, which competes in the Empire 8 Conference, had five student-athletes named to the conference’s President’s List, which recognizes those who have maintained a term grade point average of 3.75-or-higher, while the wrestling team, which competes as an independent, is one of seven male teams here on campus to record a team grade point average of at least 3.0 during the 2014-2015 academic year.

And finally, I’d like to give a special shout out to Julia Crilly of the volleyball team and women’s basketball player Meredith Mesaris for earning All-America honors from their respective coaching associations.   Crilly’s honor took on even more significance since she is now the first volleyball player from Scranton to earn this prestigious accolade.

Here’s hoping our student-athletes continue to strive for academic and athletic excellence.


Toby Lovecchio ‘85
Director of Athletics