© Lackawanna College
501 Vine Street
Scranton, PA 18509
Mark Duda has been a member of the football staff at Lackawanna College since the introduction of the sport in 1993. After one season as defensive coordinator, Duda was promoted to head coach and has since compiled an impressive record of 149-75 while elevating the program to a position of national prominence. In his tenure at the college, Coach Duda has produced over 330 Division I Scholarship Athletes and has had over 15 players sign with NFL teams. Mark has won North East Football Conference Coach of the Year honors on three different occasions and is currently 2nd among active coaches in the NJCAA in wins and 16th all-time.
Under his guidance, Lackawanna College has been a part of three undefeated seasons, and appeared in nine bowl games, winning two of them. The Falcons defeated Glendale Community College in the Valley of the Sun Bowl in 2006, and also claimed a 20 point victory in the Graphic Edge Bowl in 2010 over the Ellsworth Community College Panthers. Coach Duda has also led Lackawanna to six Northeast Football Conference championships.
One of the many beneficiaries of Coach Duda's vast knowledge is Bryant McKinnie, a former Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens, who was selected in the first round (No. 7) of the 2002 National Football League Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. McKinnie played at Lackawanna in 1997 and 1998 and went on to The University of Miami ( Florida) where he was the recipient of the prestigious Outland Trophy, a consensus All-American offensive lineman, and the only offensive linemen to finish in the Top 10 in Heisman Trophy voting (7th).
Before his coaching career began, Coach Duda was a star defensive lineman within the collegiate and professional ranks. Coach played his college ball at the University of Maryland where he still holds the school’s record for sacks in a season with 13. After starting for 4 years for the Terrapins, Coach Duda was selected in the in the fourth round, 96th pick overall, in the 1983 draft by St. Louis Cardinals. Coach went on to play in 55 games, starting 34 of them, registering 9.5 sacks from his debut in 1983 to his retirement in 1987.
Mark was inducted into the University of Maryland Wall of Fame in 1994 and a year later was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sport Hall of Fame. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Education by East Stroudsburg University in 1991. In 2005 he was awarded a Master of Arts in Professional Studies from Thomas Edison College. Mark Duda is currently the Head Football Coach for the Lackawanna Falcons.
Charles has been associated with Lackawanna College's football staff since the college made its debut in the sport in 1993. Charles serves as the Assistant Head Coach, Passing Game coordinator and the Wide Receiver coach. Prior to joining Lackawanna, Charles was an assistant football coach and football strength coach for three years at Carbondale Sacred Heart High School and strength coach one year at Bishop O'Hara High School, formerly Dunmore Central Catholic. Charles is a 1972 graduate of Dunmore Central Catholic, where he participated in wrestling. He also participated in wrestling at Keystone College and the University of Scranton, from where he graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services. Charles holds a Master’s degree from the University of Scranton in Rehab Counseling and Human Resources Administration. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association. A resident of Old Forge, PA, he is employed as executive case manager by Intragraded Services of Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Bill Reiss has been involved with Lackawanna College Football since 2009 as the Linebacker Coach. Before arriving at Lackawanna College, Bill was the Defensive Line and Strength Conditioning Coach at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. Bill attended Meyers High School in Wilkes Barre, PA. He then played 2 years of football at Lackawanna College and 2 years at Juniata College. Reiss received his Associates Degree in Sports Management from Lackawanna College and his Bachelor’s degree from Juniata College in Business Administration. Bill currently serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students as well as the Defensive Coordinator, and Linebackers coach. Bill also serves as the primary recruiter for the defensive side of the ball.
Josh Pardini has been associated with Lackawanna Football since 2009. Prior to his arrival at Lackawanna, Josh was the Offensive Coordinator and Backfield Coach at Greater Nanticoke Area High School. While at Lackawanna, Josh has coached Defensive Backs, Running Backs, Tight Ends, and is now the Offensive Run Game Coordinator. He is native of West Pittston, PA, and a graduate of Wyoming Area High School, Josh is currently pursuing a degree in Movement and Exercise Science from Marywood University; and is a graduate of Luzerne County Community College.
Michael Behr joined the Lackawanna College program in the spring of 2013 as the Offensive Line coach. Michael comes to Lackawanna from Moravian College where he was an assistant football coach for four years. While at Moravian, his coaching positions included: tight ends / assistant offensive line, quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers. Prior to his stint at Moravian College, Michael coached high school football for fifteen years. Those schools include: Pocono Mountain West HS, Tamaqua Area HS, and Mount Carmel Area HS. Behr attended Slippery Rock University where he earned a B.S. in Sport Management / Business Administration. He also holds Master’s Degrees in Education and in Curriculum & Instruction. Michael currently is employed as a teacher in the Pocono Mountain School District.
George has been coaching the Quarterbacks in some capacity at Lackawanna College since 2001. A QB at the University of Delaware, George had tryouts with several NFL and CFL teams after college. After six seasons of semi-pro football, George began his successful 20 plus year coaching career, first as an assistant and later a head coach in the high school ranks. In 2004 he was inducted in the Northeast Pa. Hall of Fame. George is the owner of Regal Room Catering in Olyphant, Pa.
Rich Palazzi joined the Lackawanna College Football program in the summer of 2014 as the Defensive Backs Coach. Rich comes to Lackawanna from Castleton State College where he was the quarterback coach for two years. Palazzi played his college football at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, where he was a three year starter at quarterback. Rich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Susquehanna University and a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Castleton State College.
Dr. Lou Cella has been associated with Lackawanna College Football since 2006. He has coached football for 21 years, at both the high school and college level.
Dr. Cella possesses a Doctorate in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of the Rockies, a Master’s Degree from Mansfield University, a Bachelor's Degree from East Stroudsburg University and an Associate Degree from Luzerne County Community College. He is a graduate of Old Forge High School, where he starred as a two-way Offensive Lineman and played in the 1996 Dream Game.
Dr. Cella is the Owner and Sport and Performance Psychologist at AFSSMCA, LLC.
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John Jenkins has been involved with the Lackawanna Falcons football program since 2006 under the position of video coordinator. Jenkins attended Penn College where he recieved his Associates Degree in Applied Science and Electronic Technology.