Campus clippings: Marc Bucci returns to take over Pitt-Greensburg soccer
Marc Bucci already was familiar with the men’s soccer program at Pitt-Greensburg, having served as an assistant coach in 2017.
That made his transition to head coach of the Bobcats a little easier.
Bucci will take over the program following the departure of Dan Keefe, who left to become an assistant at Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn.
Bucci was an assistant at Pitt-Johnstown last season, the school at which he played his college soccer from 2009-12. A Plum graduate, he also coached the Gateway boys team and led the Gators to their first playoff appearance in nine years in 2016. He was a four-year starting midfielder at UPJ after earning All-WPIAL honors at Plum.
“Marc will bring the passion and pride back to the program and help elevate us to the next level,” UPG athletic director Jeromy Yetter said. “I know our student-athletes will be excited to work with him as their coach.”
Said Bucci: “My hope is to bring back the excitement to the players of this program and help them find the passion for the sport they love.”
Bucci works as an instructor and coach with the Allegheny Force Football Club.
Grove City: Sophomore pitcher Joel Engstrom (Belle Vernon) is 3-0 in five relief appearances for the Wolverines (10-6, 1-1 PAC). He has 10 strikeouts and six walks in 14 innings.
Kansas State: Sophomore outfielder Zach Kokoska (Latrobe) is second on his team in batting average (.343), RBIs (15) and home runs (3). Kokoska has started 21 of 22 games for K-State (11-11, 0-1). Kokoska transferred from Virginia Tech.
Penn State Behrend: Sophomore Ryan Weaver (Norwin) had a two-run double in a 8-3 victory over Waynesburg. He added three hits in the second game of the doubleheader, a 12-5 win for Behrend.
Marist: Redshirt junior Claire Oberdorf (Greensburg Salem) hit her first home run of the season, a three-run shot, in a 5-3 win over Pacific. She has 12 career homers.
Penn: Freshman center fielder Emma Nedley (Penn-Trafford) started the first 17 games for the Quakers (9-8, 1-2) and was hitting .340 with three homers and eight RBIs.
Penn State: Freshman Chelsea Bisi (Derry) belted her fourth home run of the season, a shot over the scoreboad at Beard Field, as the Nittany Lions defeated Robert Morris, 11-0, in five innings. Bisi is hitting .310 with 12 RBIs. She has made 22 starts for Penn State (14-14, 0-1).
Robert Morris: Junior outfielder Briana Bunner (Southmoreland) had a team-leading five doubles and has started 21 games for the Colonials (4-18, 0-1).
Slippery Rock: Redshirt freshman Adeline Nicholson (Southmoreland) had three hits in the first game and two RBIs in the second as the Rock crushed Clarion, 23-6 and 13-2. Both games lasted five innings.
Saint Vincent: Senior forward Tom Kromka was an Eastern College Athletic Conference honorable mention selection. The honor follows several others from this season for Kromka, including PAC Player of the Year, NABC Great Lakes Region second team and D3Hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region third team.
WCCC: Sophomore forward Xavier Johnson was a NJCAA XX Division III All-Region honorable mention pick.
Penn State Behrend: Senior Rob McMaster (Norwin) provided 17 digs as the Lions downed Mt. Union, 3-1, in a nonconference match.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .