Keystone College recently announced new head coaches for its volleyball teams and women’s tennis in Chris Summa and John Masten, respectively, according to Dr. Matthew Grimaldi, Director of Athletics.
Summa brings more than a decade’s worth of volleyball experience, including outstanding coaching stints at nearby Marywood University and North Pocono High School.
He takes over a program that has posted back-to-back 21-win seasons and finished as the Colonial States Athletic Conference runner-up last fall.
Summa spent three seasons as the head coach of Marywood, leading the Pacers to 40 wins and a 20-14 record in Colonial States Athletic Conference play.
He also guided Marywood to back-to-back CSAC semifinal appearances in the 2010 and 2011 seasons and the Pacers earned their first-ever ECAC South Region Tournament bid in 2011.
Previously, Summa was the head coach of North Pocono’s girls’ and boys’ teams, leading the Trojans girls’ squad from 2004-2006 and again from 2012-2014 while guiding the boys’ team from 2005-2010.
Summa led the North Pocono boys to five PIAA District II championships and three Wyoming Valley Conference titles in his six seasons at the helm.
He is also registered as a PIAA volleyball official and officiated the District II championship match in each of the past three years.
In 2016, he presented “Ball Handling Violations” at the PIAA Convention for volleyball officials.
Summa has been active for the sport of volleyball in the media as well, serving as the lead color commentator for local televised matches on WNEP-TV, WQMY-TV and on NPF Sports internet radio.
He also runs a podcast on Echo From the Valley. Prior to becoming a head coach, Summa was an assistant coach at North Pocono for three seasons and spent two seasons as an assistant at Abington Heights High School.
He was also an assistant football coach at Pittston Area High School and North Pocono, spending two years with both programs.
Summa was recently named the Director of Technology for the Abington Heights School District after spending 16 years as the Assistant Technology Coordinator for the North Pocono School District.
Masten, who completed his first season as the head coach of the Giants’ men’s tennis program this past spring, will now lead both the men’s and women’s programs at his alma mater.
He takes over a women’s program that posted an 1-11 overall last spring including a 1-9 mark in Colonial States Athletic Conference play.
Starting in the 2017-18 season, Keystone’s women’s tennis team will play primarily in the spring as the CSAC has shifted conference matches and championships to the spring to better align with the NCAA postseason tournament.
During his first season as head coach of the men’s team in 2017, the Giants posted an 1-11 overall record while going 1-6 in conference play.
Masten earned his first collegiate coaching victory on April 12 when the Giants defeated Rosemont College 5-4 in a Colonial States Athletic Conference match.
Three of Masten’s players were named to the CSAC All-Academic following the season for their accomplishments in the classroom.
An Honorable Mention All-CSAC singles player as a sophomore, Masten was also honored as a CSAC All-Sportsmanship Team selection as a junior and was a CSAC All-Academic Team honoree as a freshman.
He finished his career tied for the eighth-most overall wins and sits seventh all-time in overall conference wins.
Masten also ranks seventh all-time in singles wins – both overall and conference – in a career and also sits in the top-10 for overall singles wins in a season, conference singles wins in a season, career overall doubles wins and career conference doubles wins.
Masten has served as a Tennis Instructor at the Delaware Youth Center for three years, where he provides basic and advanced training as well as teaching rules of the sport to youngsters while developing their leadership skills.
He has been a sports counselor, camp leader and lifeguard at the Delaware Youth Center for four years.
He also has been active in local communities as well, coaching youth basketball and soccer while volunteering for the Red Cross and serving on the Youngsville Environmental Committee.
Masten, who competed for the Giants’ track & field team for two seasons and was a member of the Eco Club, graduated from Keystone in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business to go along with a minor in Sport and Recreation Management.