By Tom Robinson, NEPASportsNation.com
Abington Heights has selected Enrico Mastroianni as its next athletic director, approving his hiring at the July 20 school board meeting.
Mastroianni resigned as Marywood University men’s basketball coach after being appointed for the position which he will assume Aug. 23, taking the place of Randy Hanyon.
Hanyon is leaving the athletic director job after 10 years to take a position as Dean of Students at the Abington Heights Middle School.
“It’s a good move for me at this point in my career,” said Mastroianni, a West Scranton graduate who lives in Clarks Summit with his wife and three kids. “I’ll be in the district where my kids go to school.
“There were weeks when I would not see them three nights in a row by the time I got in from coaching.”
Still, Mastroianni acknowledges that he “loves coaching” and will miss it.
Mastroianni figured there would be an eventual “natural progression” from coaching into sports administration. He thought it might happen on the college level at some point and did not immediately react when he learned of Hanyon’s resignation. After friends asked about whether he had interest in the position, he inquired about the particulars, “kicked it around” and decided to apply.
After starting the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II program at Georgian Court University in New Jersey, Mastroianni came to Marywood where he spent the last seven seasons as head coach. He led the Pacers to the best season in school history with 17 wins in 2018-19. The 2018-19 Atlantic East Conference Coach of the Year was 59-98 at Marywood.