When she graduated from IUP, Amanda Rogerson ’11 had one goal in mind: to land a job in athletics administration at her alma mater.
Amanda Rogerson was promoted last fall to assistant athletic director for Business Operations at Division I Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. (Harrison Baker/Marist College)
But the job she wanted wasn’t open, and Rogerson soon would discover that the adage is true: The hardest part of any journey is taking the first step.
And now, almost three years after she earned her diploma, Rogerson has found a home in upstate New York, with a blossoming career firmly rooted in her experiences from IUP. Rogerson is now assistant athletic director for Business Operations at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, where she oversees just about every financial transaction the school’s 23 varsity teams make—from ticket operations and apparel sales to travel expenses to budgets. She was promoted to the position last fall after serving one year as business manager at the NCAA Division I school with roughly 6,000 students.
Rogerson said every day she uses skills she learned during her undergraduate days at IUP, when she worked in the basketball, football, and sports information offices and was an athletic training student and part-time photographer for many of IUP’s teams.
“Had I not learned the things I did at IUP,” she said, “I would have been sunk when I got here.”
Rogerson initially hoped to be an athletic trainer, but with her work-study jobs and exposure to people like Frank Condino, the recently retired athletic director, and Fran Nee, the former associate AD, Rogerson soon heard her calling.
“I realized during my junior year that I had a knack for administration,” she said. “I saw what [Nee and Condino] did on a daily basis, and I found my passion.”
Soon after graduating, Rogerson met with Condino and asked for advice about getting a job. A native of Indiana County, she wanted to stay close to her family. “And then he gave me the best advice ever,” she said. “He told me that if I wanted to work in athletics, that I should get a job outside of IUP and see what else is out there.”
Rogerson landed a spot at Marist in the spring of 2012. It’s a busy life, but one she has gladly taken on, armed with the skills she learned at IUP.
“Every week is different for me,” she said. “Some weeks, I work seven days. But that’s okay. That’s what I’m used to. When I was in school, if I wasn’t in the athletic training room, I was in the sports information office, or I was taking pictures, or I was in the football office. I was always working, and I still am. It’s my life.”
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Several former IUP players are making careers for themselves as coaches, or in some cases, their playing careers have continued:
Darryl Webb ’11, who scored more points than any other men’s basketball player in school history, is still pouring in the points. He now plays for the BBC Monthey professional team in Switzerland. Before Switzerland, Webb played professionally in leagues in Japan, the Netherlands, and Germany. One of Webb’s former IUP teammates, Willi Estrella ’11, is also still playing. He’s a member of the Richmond (Virginia) Elite, a team in the semi-pro American Basketball Association.
Former IUP standout Adeniyi Amadou is an assistant coach with the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program. (Chet White/UK Athletics)
Webb and Estrella played for current IUP coach Joe Lombardi, whose eldest son, Dom Lombardi ’12, recently completed his first season as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Before joining USF, Lombardi was an aide at the University of Kentucky, and that’s where Adeniyi Amadou ’07, ’08 has landed, as an assistant coach with the Wildcats’ women’s basketball program.
At another NCAA Division I school, the University of Wisconsin, former IUP assistant coach Lamont Paris is in his fifth season as an assistant men’s basketball coach.
In the high school ranks, two former IUP players are leading teams to success: Mike Beckles ’01 is the head coach at South Shore High School in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, and Mark Faulx ’99 is the coach at Valley High School in New Kensington.
When former IUP women’s basketball coach Jeff Dow was hired as the head coach at the University of Louisiana-Monroe last spring, one of the first things he did was assemble his staff, and one of his hires was Eryn Withers ’11, who played for Dow at IUP from 2008 to 2011.
In October, former IUP standout swimmer Jason Mohring ’09 was hired as the assistant swimming and diving coach at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Before his hire at Drexel, Mohring was a graduate assistant coach at Salisbury University in Maryland.
On the football fields, former IUP running back Tobias Robinson recently completed his second season as an assistant coach at Cleveland High School in Bandon, Oregon. Mike Box ’13 and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah ’14 recently signed contracts to play for the Los Angeles Kiss, of the Arena Football League. And in the NFL, the St. Louis Rams promoted Frank Cignetti Jr. ’89 from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator, while the Indianapolis Colts named Jim Hostler ’90 the wide receivers coach after he served last season as an assistant with the Buffalo Bills.
Fans of the first College Football Playoff this season saw the handiwork of Dan Radakovich ’80, athletic director at Clemson University. Radakovich was one of 12 people on the CFP selection committee, which picked the four teams—Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, and Oregon—that competed in the first NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision playoff.
IUP assistant coach Bernie McQuown retired in December after 58years in football. (Keith Boyer)
IUP assistant coach Bernie McQuown retired in December, ending a 58-year career. McQuown, who was a high school coach from 1958 to 1986, joined the staff of Frank Cignetti ’60, M’65 at IUP in 1987 and stayed through the completion of the 2014 season for head coach Curt Cignetti.
Jim Chapin, an assistant the past three seasons at IUP, was hired in January as an assistant at the University of California-Davis, an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision school.
This spring, Megan McCormick ’12 completed her second season as a graduate assistant coach for the Wheeling (West Virginia) Jesuit University women’s softball team.
Also in softball, Hilary Tutrani ’08 completed her sixth season as an assistant coach at Cabrini College in Radnor. She is also a teacher at Pottstown Middle School, where she coaches girls’ soccer and basketball.
IUP Athletic Hall of Fame member Mike Webb ’78 recently scored his 400th win as the boys’ soccer coach at Chancellor High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In his career, Webb’s teams have won 15 district, seven regional, and two state championships.
When officials at the University of Ashland began searching for a new director of athletics, they didn’t have to look far. In January, the NCAA Division II school in Ohio selected Al King M’83, who previously had been Ashland’s sports information director, to lead its athletic department. King went to Ashland in 1993 after serving four years as the assistant sports information director at IUP.
Dodie Feagley Edwards ’92 recently wrapped up her third year as an assistant athletic trainer at Juniata College.
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