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Guy Montecalvo has joined Waynesburg University as the program coordinator for the Athletic Administration and Coaching option of the University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) program. 

Montecalvo, former athletic director of the Canon-McMillan School District, is a well-respected and experienced member of the athletic community.

With nearly four decades of experience in coaching, physical education and athletic administration, Montecalvo brings to Waynesburg an impressive background. Prior to his position at Canon-McMillan, he was a teacher and the head football and track and field coach for Washington School District. 

Among his many awards and honors are the 2014 PSADA Region 4 Athletic Director of the Year (2014), the Post-Gazette All-Star Educator Award (1991), the NAACP Human Rights Award (2003) and WPIAL Coach of the Year (1993, 2001). He is also an eleven-time recipient of the Washington/Greene County Coach of the Year award and has been the featured speaker at numerous football and track clinics including the Ohio State Clinic, the Penn State Clinic, the West Virginia Clinic, PSADA Conference, the PSFCA Football Clinic, the Western Pa. Track Clinic and numerous Division 2 and 3 schools.

Dr. Helen McCracken, director of Graduate Education Programs at Waynesburg University and former superintendent at the Canon-McMillan School District, worked closely with Montecalvo for several years prior to joining Waynesburg. 

“I can attest to Coach Montecalvo’s passion for athletics, his commitment to making a difference in the lives of young people, and his overall contributions to our community through the integrity he consistently embodied,” Dr. McCracken said. “I am pleased and honored to be working with him again. I look forward to providing a stellar program that can put forth the same levels of sound educational philosophies and dedication to the success of members of the athletic community that he exemplified during the several years of our previous working relationship.”

According to Montecalvo, in Pennsylvania, there is no mandatory certification for the position of athletic administrator. Additionally, other than Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Certification, there are no educational requirements for men and women who coach at the interscholastic level.  

“After serving in both roles for many years, I feel that there is an urgent need to prepare prospective educators who wish to pursue this level of work,” Montecalvo said. “Our program will address the need that has developed to support new athletic administrators to adequately handle the complexities of the position, as well as provide professional development for the experienced athletic administrator.”

The M.Ed. Program’s Athletic Administration and Coaching option provides comprehensive training to coaches to assist them in meeting the new PIAA Coaching and First Aid requirement that goes into effect July 2016. 

Current and prospective coaches are also offered the opportunity to earn credits toward their Instructional II certificate as well as in-depth programming on the concepts of sports law, contemporary issues in athletics, sports budget and fiscal practices, event and facilities management, fundraising, and coaching and first aid.

Beyond preparing students, Montecalvo believes the program will position graduates to exceed expectations in the job market. 

“We feel that our students will enhance their ability and be given an edge over competitors in securing jobs in this market,” said Montecalvo. 

The courses will be offered at the University’s Southpointe location and will be held for eight-week periods on weekday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Montecalvo at

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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Beginning this fall, Waynesburg University will offer new athletic administration options through its Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL).

Developed in conjunction with athletic directors and coaches, the strategic curriculum will train and qualify prospective athletic directors. The program will also accredit current coaches and athletic directors, Amateur Athletic Union coaches and community coaches, among others. A 10 percent discount will be offered to individuals employed at all WPIAL schools for the first year only.

“Today’s athletic director is responsible for a wide variety of administrative duties,” said Dr. Lawrence G. Kushner, assistant professor and program director for the Graduate Education Program at Waynesburg University. “A comprehensive training program in athletic administration is long overdue in Pennsylvania.”

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) requires athletic directors to be nationally certified through NIAAA-approved programs. The athletic administration offerings at Waynesburg University are currently in the approval process.

Main concepts within the curriculum include contemporary issues, facilities and event management, fundraising, sports budgets and fiscal practices and sports law.

The three new athletic administration options include:

  • A Concentration in Athletic Administration (15 credits)
  • An M.Ed. in Athletic Administration (30 credits)
  • An M.Ed. in Athletic Administration with Principal Certification (39 credits)

The M.Ed. in Athletic Administration with Principal Certification consists of fieldwork as well as coursework. Act 48 credits are available.

Courses within the Concentration in Athletic Administration will be offered on Saturdays at the University’s Southpointe Center. Other courses meet one night per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., also at Southpointe. Courses are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. The M.Ed. Program can be completed in two years or less.

The M.Ed. Program affords students the opportunity to earn graduate credits toward their Instructional II Certification. Students have the ability to choose a concentration from multiple options that will prepare them to become master teachers and school leaders. Concentrations in Online Teaching, Curriculum and Instructional Leadership and Autism Spectrum Disorders are also available.

For more information, contact Dr. Kushner at or 724-743-2260.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
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