Washington & Jefferson names interim co-athletic directors
Two longtime employees of Washington & Jefferson College's athletic department are serving as interim co-directors of athletics this upcoming year.
Brownsville native Mark Lesako and Scott McGuinness will serve these roles following the retirement of Bill Duckett at the end of June. Duckett had been a member of the W&J community since 1982 as a football coach, track and field coach, golf coach, development officer and most recently, director of athletics since 2006.
He was a star quarterback at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and in 1969 ranked eighth nationally in total offense (2,127 yards) and ninth in pass completions with 147.
Lesako has spent the last 15 years as the Presidents' head athletic trainer alongside his twin brother, Mike. During his years with the W&J sports medicine office, Lesako also spent four years as the school's NCAA compliance officer.
He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Pennsylvania Trainers' Association, in which he serves as the Washington County delegate.
Prior to his arrival at the college, he worked at the Health Trax/NovaCare Rehab Clinic starting in 1995. In 1994, he was the head athletic trainer at Jefferson-Morgan High School.
McGuinness has served as the Presidents' sports information director the past 13 years.
He has twice been selected as the Division III Sports Information Director of the Year by the Collegiate Water Polo Association and was honored as the 2006 NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region SID of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
One of McGuinness' initial functions in his new role was to hire Sean King as the college's new sports information director. King began his duties on July 15.
A native of Daisytown and a graduate of California High School, King spent the last three years as the assistant sports information director at his alma mater, St. Vincent College.
He earned a bachelor's degree in communication (public relations and advertising) from St. Vincent in 2009. As an undergraduate student, King also worked in the SVC sports information office.
“We are very happy to welcome Sean to our talented staff at Washington & Jefferson College,” said McGuinness. “He brings a professional, hard-working approach and knows the Presidents' Athletic Conference and the local media covering our NCAA Division III varsity sports very well.”
King obtained a master's degree in sport management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2011. While working toward his degree, King was the Vulcans' sports information graduate assistant under seventh-year Cal U SID Matt Kifer.
From 2008-11, King worked as a production intern/official scorer for the Washington Wild Things.
As is McGuinness, King is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association.
PAC soccer championships make move
The Presidents' Athletic Conference recently announced it will be hosting its 2014 men's and women's soccer championship matches this autumn at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh.
Highmark Stadium is a 3,500-seat soccer-specific stadium in Pittsburgh's Station Square and home to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League's Professional Division (USL PRO).
This fall's title matches are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8. Tentative start times for the championship matches are 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
“The PAC is thrilled to be hosting its 2014 soccer championships at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds' Highmark Stadium, a state-of-the-art soccer facility that is the crown jewel of the Station Square area on Pittsburgh's south side,” said PAC Commissioner Joe Onderko. “We believe the central proximity will allow our fans and membership to attend and create a festival-like atmosphere.
The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will host men's and women's semifinal matches on Nov. 5.
Bruce Wald is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.