WASHINGTON, Pa. – Washington & Jefferson College Director of Athletics Bill Dukett recently announced the hiring of seven new assistants in the athletic department.
Jeff Scarpone joins the staff as the assistant sports information director, along with six new assistant coaches, including Danielle Easton (softball), Pat Flinn (men’s soccer), Jess Jones (women’s soccer), Amber Kuntz (women’s lacrosse), Abby McCreery (volleyball) and Mike Rowse (men’s lacrosse).
A 2011 graduate of California (Pa.), Easton was a four-year starter at third base and catcher for the Vulcans’ softball squad. She twice earned All-PSAC West First-Team accolades, in addition to being named to the NFCA All-Region and NFCA Scholar Athlete teams during her junior season. A native of Hanover, Pa., Easton graduated with a degree in communication disorders and has previously coached with the Pennsylvania 14-U and 16-U travel fast pitch squads.
Flinn joins the men’s soccer staff after enjoying a successful run as a coach on the Alabama Boy’s ODP soccer club, which he led to a state title in 2010, his third year with the club. During his four years on the NCAA Division I Duquesne soccer team, he helped the Dukes win two Atlantic 10 Conference Championships and was named team captain during his senior season. The Georgia native has also held his own winter training academy and coached high school and collegiate soccer camps.
Jones enjoyed a stellar career as a goalkeeper at Agnes Scott College (Ga.), where she was a First Team All-Great South Conference performer and was named Academic All-Conference three times. After graduating with a degree in classical languages and literature in 2009, Jones volunteered as a youth soccer coach at both a local middle school and with a club team near her home in Comer, Ga.
Kuntz returns to her alma mater as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach after helping the team compile 36 wins during her career. A member of W&J’s first women’s lacrosse recruiting class, Kuntz led the Presidents to their first post season berth in 2010 where the team advanced to the ECAC Tournament championship game. She finished her career with 249 saves.
A Bolivar, Ohio native, McCreery was a four-year member of the volleyball team at NCAA Division II West Liberty University. As a setter, she led the Hilltoppers in total aces and assists twice during her career. She was named an Elbin Scholar, the highest academic honor at the school, during her freshman year.
Rowse was hired to the men’s lacrosse staff after graduating from Robert Morris University, where he was a four-year starter for the Division I Colonials. As team captain his senior season, he led the squad to their first postseason berth in team history. Prior to joining Robert Morris, Rowse was named All-American and First Team All-MVAL during his final season at Urbana High School (Md.).
Scarpone graduated from the University of Delaware in 2011 with a degree in sport management. During his time at Delaware, Scarpone assisted the sports information staff for three years, working as a lead statistician at a broad range of the Blue Hen sporting events. He also spent a semester as an intern with the Philadelphia Flyers, helping the public relations personnel with day-to-day operations.