An era has ended for Keystone College’s athletic department.
The college in La Plume announced in a press release today that Director of Athletics Dr. Matthew Grimaldi is “no longer affiliated with the college.” No further information was provided and efforts to reach Grimaldi were unsuccessful.
Ryan Novitsky, the school’s sports information director since 2018, takes over as athletic director.
Grimaldi ran the Giants’ athletic programs since January 2006 and saw the college through several major changes.
After working for nearly five years in the athletic department at Mercyhurst College, Grimaldi guided Keystone through the final stages of its transition to full NCAA Division III membership. From there, he brought the Giants into the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference and, ultimately, to their current home in the Colonial States Athletic Conference.
He oversaw the expansion of the athletic landscape to 16, adding men’s and women’s lacrosse programs in 2013 and reintroducing a dormant wrestling program for the 2016-17 season.
But his biggest accomplishment was overseeing the return of football to La Plume, starting a football program that was out of commission for more than seven decades and returning to the field for the 2019 season under head coach Justin Higgins.
“Knowing this community, football is a part of the Northeast Pennsylvania culture,” Grimaldi said in 2018 when the program was rekindled. “It will invigorate our vibrant campus, our faculty and our community.”
Keystone’s women’s basketball team won its first CSAC championship in 2019-20, making its debut in the NCAA Division III tournament, and the baseball program grew into a regional power during Grimaldi’s tenure. Head coach Jamie Shevchik’s Giants made two appearances in the
Division III World Series and finished as the national runner-up in 2016.
Donnie Collins has been a member of The Times-Tribune sports staff for nearly 20 years and has been the Penn State football beat writer for Times-Shamrock Newspapers since 2004. The Penn State Football Blog covers Nittany Lions, Big Ten and big-time college football news from Beaver Stadium to the practice field, the bowl game to National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5368; @DonnieCollinsTT