Ed Karpovich begins his first season as women's golf coach in 2016-17, the inaugural season of the program at the University. Karpovich is currently the longest active coach at the University. He is also beginning his 35th season as the men's golf coach.
During Karpovich's tenure as men's golf coach, the Royals have compiled an overall record of 297-115-2 in dual-match competition. He also led Scranton to a Middle Atlantic Conference team championship in 1988. That team, which featured All-American and MAC individual champion Will Carey III, set aschool record with a 24-0 regular-season mark. Twenty-one of his players have earned all-Middle Atlantic or all-Empire 8 Conference honors, while two -- Carey and Mike Chomicz -- have competed in the NCAA Division III championships.
In 2013, the Royals had one of the most successful seasons in school history, going 12-0 and winning a trio of invitational titles -- the Utica Invitational, the Susquehanna Invitational and the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational. The win at Glenmaura was the team's third straight and came on the second playoff hole in dramatic fashion. The Royals also finished second at the Empire 8 Conference championships, their best finish in their four seasons in the conference, an accomplishment they would match in 2014. Sophomore Erik Meyer earned first-team all-conference honors by finishing tied for fifth, and junior Charles Hudacek and freshman Eric Montella both earned second-team honors by finishing in a tie for ninth.
The 2011 season was one of Karpovich’s most memorable. The Royals went 10-0 in dual-match competition, won their first-ever Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational title, and placed fourth at the Empire 8 Conference championships, which was Scranton’s second season as a league member. Sophomore Jamie Bresnahan also became the first Royal golfer to earn all-Empire 8 Conference honors, tying for second place with a 72-hole total of 311.
Karpovich has also been an ambassador for the sport, joining with former King’s College head coach Tom Davis in 1999 to found the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational, an annual event that attracts some of the top Division III talent in the country. Glenmaura National also serves as the Royals’ home course. In addition, he served on the NCAA regional committee in 2011.
Karpovich is a 1976 graduate of the University and a member of its prestigious Wall of Fame. As a player, he led the Royals to three MAC team titles (1973, 1975, 1976), while capturing MAC individual championships in 1974 and 1976. He also competed in the 1974 and 1976 NCAA championships, finishing tied for 150th in 1974 and tied for 42nd in 1976. He currently serves as treasurer of Lackawanna County.