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Waldorf College Names New Athletic Director

Jason Eck

Michael ScaranoMichael Scarano is the new athletic director at Waldorf College, a four-year liberal arts college in Forest City, Iowa, that offers 18 combined men’s and women’s sports, including two new programs, women’s wrestling and men’s hockey.

Scarano replaces interim Athletic Director Chad Gassman, the assistant athletic director and baseball coach at Waldorf College, who has served in that role since Sept. 3.

Scarano brings an extensive background in college athletics as a coach and administrator. Before joining Waldorf, Scarano was associate director of athletics at the University of California, Riverside, for five years. Before that position, he served as assistant director of athletics at the school from 1998-2005. In that role, he was the department’s liaison to the Big West Conference and NCAA on enforcement and compliance issues.

At Waldorf, Scarano will oversee the sports programs, including the new men’s hockey team that will start play in the 2011-12 season and the first-year women’s wrestling team, the first female collegiate program in the state of Iowa.

Scarano’s job responsibilities also will include ensuring that Waldorf complies with institutional, conference and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics issues, budgeting and overall supervision of the athletic programs. Waldorf College President Joe Manjone added that Scarano will be responsible for recruiting student athletes, developing facilities, improving faculty and staff relationships in the Athletics Department, managing conference relationships and on working on ways to improve the grades of athletes.

 “My vision for the Athletics Department is success in all areas: student-athlete graduation and retention, professional and personal development that will facilitate enrollment growth and building the Athletics Department,” he said. “We want to recruit high-quality student-athletes to our sports programs, where they can have tremendous success in the classroom and on the playing field.”

 “Michael has 28 years of experience in collegiate athletics as a coach, assistant athletic director and associate athletic director in Division II and Division I programs,” Manjone said. “For 12 of those years, he and I worked very closely together, so I am aware of his capabilities.”

However, before the two met, Scarano worked at several California colleges where he coached men’s and women’s basketball from 1979 to 1985.

In 1985, Scarano went to the University of Alabama in Huntsville as the assistant men’s basketball coach. Soon, he and Manjone, then-director of sports and fitness, worked alongside each other. Scarano became head coach of the men’s basketball team in 1987. After a brief stint in California, Scarano returned to Alabama in 1989 as lecturer/instructor. Later, he served as an assistant coach for the university’s women’s basketball program. Scarano also coached men’s and women’s cross-country at the school before finally becoming the assistant director of athletics focusing on compliance issues in 1993.

He earned a master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University in 1981 and a bachelor’s degree in English from California State Polytechnic University in 1980.

Scarano and his wife, Monica, live in Forest City. They have two sons, Myles, a high school senior, and Mathias, a fifth-grader. Scarano’s hobbies include training for multi-sport competitions. He has completed many road races, triathlons and duathlons.

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Waldorf College, founded in 1903, delivers engaging experiences through innovative classroom instruction. The college offers residential and online bachelor’s degree programs such as business, music, theater, history, communications and criminal justice administration.