College notes: Rotterdam native Lancto joins Skidmore athletic department

Kyle Lancto.

Kyle Lancto.

The Skidmore College athletic department announced Wednesday the addition of Kyle Lancto, a Rotterdam native, as its athletic marketing and communications manager.

A graduate of Albany Academy, Lancto previously spent two summers as assistant general manager/public relations director for the Albany Dutchmen of the PGCBL. Lancto was also an athletic communications graduate assistant at Castleton University, graduating in 2020, and worked as a sports information intern at SUNY Cortland while an undergraduate.

“We’re excited to have Kyle join our staff,” said Bill Jones, Skidmore’s senior athletic communications manager. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Skidmore that will benefit all of our teams and athletes. He has learned from some of the best in the business at Cortland and Castleton.”


Tyler Ackley, a Scota-Glenville High School graduate, was recently named the men’s basketball head coach at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, a Division III competitor.

Prior to heading to Saint Joseph’s, Ackley spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Colby College. In 2020, Ackley helped lead Colby to its first-ever NESCAC championship-game appearance. Before his years at Colby, Ackley spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

After his high school career, Ackle played at Castleton before graduating in 2014. He earned an undergraduate degree in sports administration, then earned a master’s in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University-Irvine in 2019.

Ackley is only the fifth head coach in Saint Joseph’s 50-plus year basketball history. 


Former UAlbany men’s lacrosse player Craig McDonald was recently named head men’s lacrosse coach at Robert Morris University.

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

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

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