Director of Athletics Toby Lovecchio announced July 8 that Jamie Spangler has been named head women’s volleyball coach at The University of Scranton. Spangler becomes the 12th head coach in the program’s 38-year history.
Spangler, a 2011 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, comes to Scranton after spending 2012-13 as the head boys and girls volleyball coach at Abington Heights High School, where he graduated in 2005. Spangler led the Lady Comets to a 16-4 record and a runner-up finish in District 2 last fall. This past spring, he led the boys to a 12-3 finish and second place in the Lackawanna League.
The success of last season and the bond he formed with the student-athletes made the move more difficult for Spangler.
“That was absolutely the hardest part about making the decision,” he said. “Not only did they have good seasons, but they were a really good group of kids.”
Prior to taking the coaching position at Abington Heights, Spangler spent four years (2009-12) as the head coach of the Pittsburgh women’s volleyball club, a student-run organization at the University of Pittsburgh that competed in approximately three to five events each semester, including the National Collegiate Club Volleyball Championships in the spring.
While at Pittsburgh, Spangler served as the president of the University of Pittsburgh men’s club volleyball from 2007 to 2009. The club team is a member of the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation, which promotes organized collegiate club volleyball for men and women. The team at Pitt annually competed in tournaments both at Pitt and at other universities across the country in both the fall and spring semesters.
Spangler takes over a program coming off back-to-back winning seasons, including 2012, when the Royals went 20-15, their first 20-win season since 2008, and made their second straight Landmark Conference playoff appearance.
“I’m looking forward to the new, added challenges,” Spangler said. “I have a lot of coaching experience, but this will be my first time at a Division 3 college.”
A native of Clarks Summit, Spangler has a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing his secondary education certificate at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.
Scranton will open its 2013 season when it hosts the Scranton Invitational Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.