SCRANTON, Pa. – Lackawanna College is pleased to announce the appointment of Joya Whittington as its new Director of Athletics. Whittington currently serves as the College's Head Women's Basketball Coach and previously held the position of Senior Women's Administrator within the College's Athletic Department.
"We could not be more excited to have Joya as our new Director of Athletics" said Lackawanna College President Mark Volk. "From the first time I met her when she interviewed for the Head Women's Basketball Coach position years ago, it was evident that she has a rare combination of intelligence, drive, strength of will, and strategic foresight. Her unquestioned dedication to our athletes and the College make her perfectly suited for this crucial position, and I look forward to working with her as she elevates our athletic programs and opportunities to new heights."
Whittington takes over the Lackawanna College Athletics program that features 13 sports including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, wrestling, and soccer for men, and basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball for women. The Falcons teams participate in the National Junior College Athletics Association and are part of Region XIX, which includes other colleges from Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Whittington first joined Lackawanna College as its Head Women's Basketball Coach in the fall of 2013. In her first two seasons at Lackawanna, she compiled an overall record of 41-16 and a region record of 27-8. Her early success as a head coach at Lackawanna opened new doors of opportunity for Whittington professionally. In the spring of 2015, she accepted an offer to coach at the Division I level, spending the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach for the Lamar University women's basketball program in Beaumont, Texas.
Upon the departure of Lackawanna coach and her former mentee, Kayla Sileo, who became the top assistant at Marietta College in Ohio, Whittington returned to the Northeast to take the reins of the Lady Falcons program. Whittington led the program back to post-season play with a highly successful 2016-17 season. The Lady Falcons earned a spot in the NJCAA Division II National Basketball Tournament in Harrison, Ark., where they lost to the eventual national runner–up, Johnson County College. In her role as Senior Women's Administrator, Whittington served as a mentor for Lackawanna College women's sports programs and provided leadership to other coaches within the department.
Whittington was a student-athlete at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. During her collegiate career, Joya helped propel the team to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in the 2009-10 season. In her junior and senior seasons, she served as team captain, and as a senior guided the Griffins to a 23-win season and the semifinals of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. Over her four-year career, Whittington played in 112 career games, scored 548 career points, and secured 470 rebounds. She also had 155 assists and 112 steals.
She graduated from Seton Hill University with a Business degree in 2011. Upon graduation, Whittington joined the coaching ranks as an assistant women's basketball coach for the Griffins. She also obtained an MBA with a specialization in Entrepreneurial Studies from that institution in 2013.
Whittington graduated from Carbondale Area High School. In her time there, she excelled in women's basketball, became a member of the school's "Thousand Point Club", and was a starter on the team that won a district championship and two conference titles. She currently resides in Carbondale.