College Notes: Lancto from Rotterdam Joins Skidmore Sports Department

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The sports department at Skidmore College announced on Wednesday the addition of Rotterdam native Kyle Lancto as director of sports marketing and communications.

A graduate of the Albany Academy, Lancto previously spent two summers as Deputy Managing Director / Director of Public Relations for the Albany Dutchmen of the PGCBL. Lancto was also a Graduate Sports Communication Assistant at Castleton University, graduating in 2020, and worked as a Sports Information Intern at SUNY Cortland during his undergraduate studies.

“We are delighted to have Kyle join our team,” said Bill Jones, senior director of sports communications for Skidmore. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Skidmore that will benefit all of our teams and athletes. He learned from some of the best in the business at Cortland and Castleton.

SCOTIA-GLENVILLE GRADUATE ACKLEY APPOINTED TO COACH AT SAINT JOSEPH’S COLLEGE

Tyler Ackley, a Scota-Glenville High School graduate, was recently appointed the Head Coach of Men’s Basketball at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, a Division III competitor.

Prior to coming to Saint Joseph’s, Ackley spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Colby College. In 2020, Ackley helped Colby make his very first appearance in a NESCAC Championship game. Prior to his years at Colby, Ackley spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Following his high school career, Ackle played at Castleton before graduating in 2014. He received an undergraduate degree in Sports Administration, followed by a Masters in Coaching and Sports Administration from Concordia-Irvine University. in 2019.

Ackley is only the fifth head coach in Saint Joseph’s basketball history in over 50 years.

THE UALBANY GRADUATE NAMED ROBERT MORRIS LACROSSE MEN’S COACH

Craig McDonald, former Albany men’s lacrosse player, was recently appointed the head coach of men’s lacrosse at Robert Morris University.

McDonald graduated from Albany in 2008 and was a four-year member of head coach Scott Marr’s men’s lacrosse team. McDonald has spent the last seven seasons on the coaching staff of UMass, as an associate head coach starting with the 2018 season.

Prior to that, McDonald’s coaching career included stints at Union, Siena and Rutgers.

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