Jamie Schneck will enter her 12th season as the women's soccer coach at Haverford College in 2018. Schneck is just the fourth coach in the program's 31 seasons. Her teams have won 10 or more games in seven of the last nine seasons. That span covered the program’s first-ever stretch of five straight 10-plus win seasons that included back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Under Schneck’s leadership, the Fords have qualified for the Centennial Conference Tournament nine times. To date, Schenck has compiled a 114-57-31 record. That .641 winning percentage ranks as the best in program history. She recorded her 100th career victory during the 2016 season with a 2-1 overtime win against DeSales on Walton Field.
Beginning her run of NCAA Tournament appearances, Schneck led the Fords to their first Centennial Conference Championship since 1995 with a 2-1 victory over 24th-ranked Johns Hopkins. The Fords went on to play the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to a scoreless tie through regulation and two overtime periods in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before coming up shy in penalty kicks on Walton Field. During that 2012 season, the Fords broke set the school’s single-season record with 14 wins.
During the 2013 season, Haverford went 10-4-6 overall, including an unbeaten 7-0-3 mark in Centennial Conference play. The Fords advanced to their second straight Centennial Conference Championship game as the No. 2 seed in the conference. Haverford went on to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where it fell in the opening round to Keene State, 2-0.
Prior to Haverford’s back-to-back appearances in the Centennial Conference Championship game and NCAA Tournament, Schneck guided the Fords to 12 wins during the 2009-11 seasons. Defense has always been a staple of Schneck’s teams as they have posted a combined 100 shutouts over her 10 seasons, including 10 a year from 2009-13 and 2016.
Prior to joining Haverford, Schneck served as an assistant coach at Washington & Lee University. In 2006, Schneck helped lead the Generals to an NCAA Elite Eight appearance, a 19-1-3 overall record, and a season ending ranking of 10th in Division III.
A 2003 graduate of Muhlenberg College, Schneck was a four-year letterwinner for the Mules playing on the 2000 and 2001 Centennial Conference Championship teams. Schneck went on to receive her master of science in sport management from East Stroudsburg University where she also served as the women's soccer graduate assistant. After receiving her master's degree, Schneck spent two seasons at Washington College as the assistant soccer coach and administrative assistant to the athletic department.
A successful player and coach at every level, Lagana returned home to take the reins of the Green Terror women’s soccer program in 2012.
She immediately made an impact on the program, leading the team to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2000. Her 2012 squad finished with seven wins – the most since 2006.
In her first six years on the Hill, she has posted a record of 75-34-12, including five straight 10-win campaigns and five straight postseason appearances to become the program’s all-time winningest coach.
In 2016, she guided the squad to the best record in program history with an 18-3-1 mark. The squad also earned the Centennial Conference (CC) tournament top seed with the regular-season crown and punched its second straight trip to the NCAA tournament, where the squad reached the third round. The Green Terror finished the season ranked No. 15 in the NSCAA national poll and third in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Three times she has been named the CC Coach of the Year (2013, 2015, 2016) and was the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year in 2013 for her accomplishments in building the program from unranked to national and regional rankings.
She has led the program to new heights in each of her seasons at the helm. In 2013, she guided the squad to its first CC tournament appearance. Her squad also earned an ECAC South tournament bid, finishing the season 13-6-1 for the program’s first winning season since 2004. In 2014, Lagana led the Green Terror to the ECAC South tournament final. In 2015, it was the CC semifinals and first NCAA tournament berth.
She has coached the program’s first All-Americans, nine all-region selections and 23 all-conference honorees in the past six years.
Prior to her arrival on the Hill, Lagana served as the head women’s soccer at Ferrum from 2007-11.
A Sykesville, Md., native, Lagana graduated as Class Valedictorian from South Carroll High School in 2000. Following graduation, she played soccer and lacrosse at Bridgewater.
An All-ODAC selection after leading the Eagles with 11 goals and 22 points as a senior, she was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III second team. An all-conference selection in both soccer and lacrosse, she cracked the top 10 in nearly every offensive category, including her 62 career points and 28 career goals.
She holds her NSCAA Premier Diploma and is part of the NSCAA State coaching staff.
Lagana graduated from Bridgewater in 2004 with a bachelor of arts in communication studies. She earned her masters of science in kinesiology and recreation studies with concentrations in athletic administration and coaching from James Madison in Dec. 2006.
In nine seasons, former Royal standout Colleen Pivirotto (formerly Murphy) has led the Royals to an overall record of 117-44-20 (.702), including Landmark Conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016, an NCAA Tournament berth in 2013, and Landmark Conference tournament berths in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015.
In addition, her players have earned all-Landmark Conference honors 46 times, including Chelsea Paskman, a two-time all-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Paskman, along with 11 others — Christina Akalski, Caitlin Byrne, Erin Casey, Sarah Gibbons, Jamie Hreniuk, Amanda Kresge, Sydney Parker, Samatha Russo, Jasmine Sconciafurno, Erin Unterstein and Carolyn Warner — have earned NSCAA all-regional honors. Pivirotto herself was named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2016, and the coaching staff was also named Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year in 2010.
Pivirotto returned to her alma mater in January 2008, replacing Toby Lovecchio, who served as interim head coach for the 2007 season after veteran head coach Joe Bochicchio passed away on July 24, 2007. Pivirotto returned to Scranton after serving as assistant women’s soccer coach at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., in 2007. The Greyhounds finished 15-6-1 and advanced to the championship match of the Landmark Conference tournament, and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
Prior to her appointment at Moravian, she served as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., from August 2004 through June 2006, including a stint as acting head coach from December 2005 through March 2006, while working on and eventually earning her Master of Science degree in adult education. Pivirotto also served as an administrative intern for the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators in Wilmington, N.C., where she was responsible for office management, assisting with the 2006 NACWAA convention, along with marketing and public relations.
Pivirotto was a four-year letter-winner on some of the most successful teams in Scranton history under the legendary Bochicchio. She was a four-time all-Freedom Conference selection — first team in 2000 and 2003 and second team in 2001 and 2002 — and earned first-team all-Mid-Atlantic regional honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2003. She started 81 of 83 career matches as the Royals posted a four-year overall record of 71-13-4 (.830), including four Freedom Conference championships and four NCAA tournament appearances. In her senior year, she served as team captain and was a key member of a Royal defensive unit that posted 21 shutouts en route to a school-record 22 victories on a team that ended its season with a hard-fought 1-0 loss in double overtime to eventual champion Oneonta State University in Oneonta, N.Y., in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. She also played a key role on the 2001 team that lost a 1-0 decision to Wheaton College (Ill.) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in Wheaton, Illinois, to put the wraps on a 17-4-1 season.
Pivirotto is a native of Langhorne, Pa. and a graduate of Neshaminy High School. She was inducted into the Neshaminy High School Hall of Fame for girls’ soccer in 2006.
Pivirotto is the fourth head coach in University of Scranton women’s soccer history. She graduated cum laude from the university with a Bachelor of Science degree in management in 2004. She received her national diploma (with distinction) from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2008. Pivirotto also serves as an assistant director of athletics and senior woman administrator. She is married to University of Scranton men's soccer coach Matt Pivirotto. Their son, Ben, was born on Dec. 4, 2015.