Stankiewitch named athletic director at Penn State Schuylkill

Penn State football center Matt Stankiewitch blocks against Northwestern

Matt Stankiewitch, who played football for Penn State from 2008 to 2012, has been named director of athletics at Penn State Schuylkill.


SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. — Chancellor Kelly M. Austin is pleased to announce the hire of Matthew E. Stankiewitch as director of athletics at Penn State Schuylkill, effective June 27.

“Matt’s experience will strengthen the legacy of athletic excellence at Penn State Schuylkill, and his vision for creating a superior athletic program will benefit our students for many years to come,” said Austin.

“I would like to thank Dr. Kelly Austin, the search committee, and the Penn State Schuylkill administration for this incredible opportunity,” said Stankiewitch. “I look forward to continuing the strong tradition of Penn State athletics here at the Schuylkill campus. I plan on embracing the challenge of moving the program into a successful future.”

Stankiewitch's excitement, passion, commitment to the Schuylkill community, and Penn State pride, along with his intercollegiate and professional sports background, make him the ideal candidate to lead the Penn State Schuylkill Athletic program.

“I believe that Penn State Schuylkill provides a world-class education right in the backyard for many potential student-athletes in the community. I am excited to get started and become an integral part of the campus and community,” said Stankiewitch.

Stankiewitch also brings leadership experience to the position. He played football at Penn State from 2008 to 2012, serving as a captain his senior season, and was named First Team All-Big Ten at center in 2012. He was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, Red Worrall Award recipient, Rimington Trophy finalist, and he played professional football for the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Stankiewitch has been a leader in the community as well through his service. He helped raise money for the Children's Advocacy Center in Scranton and the Orwigsburg Memorial Renovation Project, and he planned and operated youth football camps in both Ashland and Mahanoy City.

Stankiewitch is from Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, and a 2008 graduate of Blue Mountain Area High School. He earned his bachelor of science degree in management from the Smeal College of Business with a minor in sociology and a bachelor of arts degree in advertising/public relations from Penn State.