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Wall Of Fame Class Of 2014 Inducted In February

 

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Left to right:  Tomm Evans, Mark Haley, Krissy (Killany) Dommes, Katie (Dougherty) Fischer, Kate (Pierangeli) Pearson, Colleen (Murphy) Pivirotto

The six newest members of the Wall of Fame were inducted in February.

This year’s class includes the women’s basketball tandem of Katie (Dougherty) Fischer ’04 and Kate (Pierangeli) Pearson ’04; former men’s and women’s swim coach Tomm Evans; Mark Haley ’81, a starter on the men’s soccer 1980 NCAA runner-up team; women’s tennis standout Krissy (Killany) Dommes ’92; and current Royal head women’s soccer coach Colleen (Murphy) Pivirotto ’04.

The Wall of Fame was founded in 1970 to honor student-athletes, administrators and those in the community who have been instrumental in the overall development of the University’s athletics program.  This year’s class brings the Wall’s membership to 238.

(Dougherty) Fischer and (Pierangeli) Pearson added to the rich history of Lady Royal basketball, leading the program to two Freedom Conference championships (2002, 2004) and NCAA Sweet 16 (2002) and Elite Eight (2004) berths under then head coach Mike Strong.

A four-year starter, (Dougherty) Fischer excelled on both ends of the court, finishing her career with 1,119 points, 304 assists, and 301 steals.  She was named second-team All-Freedom Conference, honorable mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), and shared the Davis Award – with (Pierangeli) Pearson – as the Lady Royals’ most valuable player (MVP) in 2004.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at Villanova University, where she is director of strategic communication.  A Philadelphia native, Katie and her husband, Michael, reside in Bryn Mawr with their two children:  Jack and Ryan.

(Pierangeli) Pearson’s achievements were also impressive—and not just on the basketball court.  

In three seasons on the women’s lacrosse team, she was named first-team All-Middle Atlantic Conference three times and earned first-team All-Metro Region honors by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) in 2004.  She played a key role on two Middle Atlantic Conference championship (2003, 2004) and two NCAA tournament teams (2003, 2004) under then head coach Linda Drapeau.        

Her most noteworthy achievements, however, came in basketball, where she was twice named All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA, 2003, 2004), honorable mention All-American by DIII News (2004), and first-team All-Freedom Conference three times (2002-2004).  She finished her career with 1292 points, 427 assists, and 263 steals.  She also received the O’Hara Award as the outstanding female athlete of the senior class at the University’s annual Senior-Student Athlete Banquet.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with minors in English, Spanish and coaching from the University and a Master of Education degree from Cabrini College, where she is currently the head women’s basketball coach.  A native of Springfield, Pennsylvania, Kate and her husband, Mike, a graduate of the University, reside in West Chester with their daughter, Kylie.

Evans, a native of nearby Dunmore, began his coaching career at the University in 1992 as an assistant under then head coach and 2003 Wall of Fame inductee Dave Hair.  They led the women’s program to back-to-back Middle Atlantic Conference titles (1995, 1996) before Evans was promoted to head coach in 1997.  

In 11 seasons, he led the men’s team to a 65-46 record (.585) and the women to a 107-26 mark (.805) in dual-meet competition.  The women’s team added two more conference titles during his tenure, winning the MAC championship in 2004 and the inaugural Landmark title in 2008.  Individually, Evans coached one of the program’s two All-Americans in 2011 Wall of Fame inductee Sarah (Gazdalski) DalFol.  In addition, he mentored three male swimmers who went on to capture eight MAC individual titles and 11 women swimmers who won a combined 36 Middle Atlantic/Landmark Conference individual crowns, along with coaching four women’s relay teams to conference titles.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Bloomsburg University and Master of Science degrees in educational development and strategies and educational technology from Wilkes University.  He began his professional career as an English teacher in the North Pocono School District in 1993, has served as Graduation Project coordinator since 1999, and has been chairman of the English Department there since 2008.  Tomm and his wife, Judy, reside in Clarks Summit.

Haley was instrumental in the men’s soccer program’s meteoric rise under 1986 Wall of Fame inductee and current associate director of athletics Steve Klingman.

A native of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Haley scored 27 goals in his career in helping the Royals to 63 wins, including three Middle Atlantic Conference North and overall championships and four NCAA berths.  Along the way, Scranton made three Elite Eight appearances (1977-1979) before advancing to the national championship match in 1980.  During the historic 1980 season, he scored 15 goals and earned All-Middle Atlantic Conference honors for the third straight year.  

Haley, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University, is currently president of Smith City Networks, a leading provider of event telecommunications and technology in the convention industry.  He also served as vice president for facilities for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitor’s Authority following a 23-year career at Aramark.

Mark and his wife, Marianne, have three children:  Meaghan (27), Shawn (25) and Kevin (23).  The family resides in Henderson, Nevada.

(Killiany) Dommes made history by becoming the first player from the women’s tennis program to be inducted into the Wall of Fame.  A native of nearby Lake Ariel, she led the Royals to three Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) league titles (1989, 1990, 1992), two MAC Northern Division championships (1990, 1992), and an overall record of 40-9 (.816).  

She recorded four winning seasons in singles and ended her career with a 37-9 record (.804), which is currently the fourth-highest winning percentage and the fifth-most victories in the program’s history.   She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management and a Master of Business Administration (MBC) degree from the University and is currently vice president of operations for Deluxe Media in Moosic.  Krissy and her husband, Alan, reside in Moscow with their three children: Michael (17), Ryan (14), and Aiden (10).

As a four-year starter as a center midfielder on the women’s soccer team, (Murphy) Pivirotto was a member of a dominating defensive unit that posted 59 shutouts in leading the Royals to 71 wins, including four Freedom Conference championships and four NCAA tournament berths, under then head coach, the late Joe Bochicchio, a 2002 Wall of Fame inductee.  Two of those four NCAA teams advanced to the Elite Eight, with the 2003 team losing in overtime to eventual champion Oneonta State.

She started 81 of 83 career matches, served as team captain twice (2002, 2003), earned All-Freedom Conference honors four times—including first-team honors in 2000 and 2003—and capped off an outstanding playing career by earning first-team All-Mid-Atlantic honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

A 2004 graduate of the University with a Bachelor of Science degree in management, (Murphy) Pivirotto returned to her alma mater in 2008 as head women’s soccer coach, replacing current athletics director Toby Lovecchio, who took over the program as interim coach after Bochicchio passed away on July 24, 2007, and led Scranton to the Landmark Conference championship in the league’s inaugural season.  In seven seasons, she has led the Royals to three Landmark titles (2010, 2011, 2013) and four NCAA tournament appearances (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014).
    
A native of Langhorne, Pa., Colleen and her husband, Matt, the head coach of the Royals’ men’s soccer program, reside in Clarks Summit.