Ed Karpovich to Receive 2021 Peter A. Carlesimo Award

Ed Karpovich to Receive 2021 Peter A. Carlesimo Award

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The University of Scranton will present the 2021 Peter A. Carlesimo Award to Ed Karpovich ’76 at the annual Carlesimo Golf Tournament & Award Dinner on June 14 at Glenmaura National Golf Club. The event celebrates athletics at The University of Scranton and honors a person who has made special contributions to athletics and Catholic education. Karpovich has been a part of the men’s golf program at The University of Scranton for more than four decades.

In 38 seasons as the head men’s golf coach at The University of Scranton, Karpovich has compiled an overall record of 346-120-2 in dual match competition. He also led Scranton to a Middle Atlantic Conference team championship in 1988. That team, which featured All-American and MAC individual champion Will Carey III, set a school record with a 24-0 regular season mark. Thirty of his players have earned all-conference honors, while two – Carey and Mike Chomicz – have competed in the NCAA Division III championships.

Karpovich was also instrumental in starting the women’s golf program at the University, which was founded in the fall of 2016. In four seasons as the women’s head coach, Karpovich has led the Royals to 29 dual match victories.

Karpovich has also been an ambassador for the sport, joining former King’s College head coach Tom Davis in 1999 to found the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational, an annual event that attracts some of the top Division III talent in the region. Glenmaura National also serves as the Royals’ home course. In addition, he served on the NCAA regional committee in 2011.

“Coach Karpovich has been a tremendous part of our athletics program for decades,” said Director of Athletics Dave Martin. “His career as a student-athlete was one of the best in school history for any sport and is only surpassed by his tireless dedication to our golf program as the head coach for nearly four decades. His devotion to the University and our Jesuit and Catholic ideals has been an invaluable asset to our department from the first day he stepped on campus nearly 50 years ago.”

“I am honored to be chosen to receive the Carlesimo Award, named after a great man who achieved national recognition for his contributions to collegiate athletics,” said Karpovich. “I thank The University of Scranton, the athletics department and its director, Dave Martin, for considering me for this recognition.”

Karpovich is a 1976 graduate of the University and a member of its prestigious Wall of Fame. As a player, he led the Royals to three MAC team titles (1973, 1975, 1976) while capturing MAC individual championships in 1974 and 1976. He also competed in the 1974 and 1976 NCAA championships, finishing tied for 150th in 1974 and tied for 42nd in 1976. He currently serves as treasurer of Lackawanna County. 

The Carlesimo Golf Tournament and Award Dinner is open to the public. For additional information or to register, please visit scranton.edu/carlesimoaward or call 570-941-7719.