Fioroni and Scarpa round out DII Select Team Coaching staff
May 16, 2007
It was announced today that Paul Fioroni, Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations at Texas Tech and Ken Scarpa, Head Coach at William Paterson University have been selected to assist Head Coach, Paul Lowden (Davenport University) on the inaugural DII Select Team.
Coach Lowden looks forward to working with his assistant coaches. “Both Paul Fioroni and Ken Scarpa bring a wealth of experience to the Select Team. I am confident our coaching styles will compliment each other.” With the coaching staff in place, player selection will be the top priority. “It is my expectation the ACHA Select team will represent all regions. This diversity will expose the strength and depth of talent that is comprised in the ACHA at the Division II level.” While acknowledging the great deal of preparation still to be done, Lowden conveyed his enthusiasm for this project. “I look forward to working with Mike Radakovich, Paul Hebert and my coaching staff to make this inaugural event a success.”
Paul Fioroni played four years of junior hockey while attending Olds College before deciding to turn pro with the Lake Charles Ice Pirates of the WPHL. After moving around from different teams in the minors, in hope of a call up to the AHL, Paul found his home in Lubbock when he signed with the Cotton Kings in the 2000-01 season. He served as an alternate captain for 6 years and team captain for 2 years. He also served as the player/assistant coach for 3 seasons. Although Fioroni is infamous as a big penalty guy on the ice, his off-ice benevolence has attracted attention as well. While playing with the Cotton Kings, through the Mac-A-Roni fund and the 24 Foundation, Fioroni raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Make a Wish Foundation and for local families and children in need. For this, Fioroni was awarded the CHL Man of the Year in two consecutive years. He is the only player ever to be honored with this award twice.
Fioroni just finished a successful first season with the Texas Tech Red Raider hockey team and is looking forward to assisting Coach Lowden. “He is well respected as both a player and now a coach and I can’t wait to work with him on this great project that the ACHA has assembled.” Commenting on the Select Team, Fioroni asserts, “I have seen first hand how good the ACHA is and the skill level of the players we are bringing together. The coaching staff is excited to begin this project for the clear fact that we will be working with some of the best collegiate players in the country. I expect nothing but hard work and victories.”
Fioroni is employed by Interim Healthcare and is pursuing his business degree at Wayland Baptist University. He resides in Lubbock Texas with his wife, Tiffany and five year old daughter, Kyleigh.
Ken Scarpa has been coaching hockey for 14 years. He has coached at the Midget AA, High School and as an Assistant for USA Hockey Atlantic District Staff for 3 years. He is entering his third season with the William Paterson University (WPU) Pioneers. WPU has qualified for the ACHA SE Regionals in both his first two years with the team After playing hockey in his youth, Ken Scarpa focused his athletic talents on playing football in college at Seton Hall University winning the Club Football National Championship his freshman year and playing at the NCAA Division III level his final three years. Additional accomplishments include being named All-ECAC and being signed as a free agent by the New York Jets, New York Giants and Hamilton Tiger-Cats in three successive years.
Scarpa believes assisting Coach Lowden will be another great opportunity for him. “Coach Lowden is recognized as an outstanding coach by his peers both inside and outside of the ACHA. His record and program development at Davenport University speaks volumes to his pedigree and approach and to his desire for excellence.” Citing WPU Hockey gaining a top 10 Region ranking as one of his biggest athletic achievements, Scarpa draws a parallel between this group of players pulling together, raising the bar and becoming good teammates through discipline and hard work with the challenge the Select Team faces and his expectations for this team. “I expect that this team represents the ACHA in Europe as an outstanding group of players that must quickly come together. The challenge will be for players and coaches and staff to bond quickly as a unit for a common goal to win hockey games and enjoy the cultural experience that a schedule like this can give.”
Vice President for Corporate Express Ken and his wife Stacey reside in Ridgewood, New Jersey with their four sons Kevin, Kyle, Chris and Craig