James M. Pizano

About This Inductee

Jim played football for the Wyoming Area Warriors from 1990 to 1993 under head coach Paul Marranca. Jim rushed for 4,086 yards and 63 touchdowns on 562 attempts during his high school career. He set school records for most career rushing yards and touchdowns.  During his senior season, Jim ran for 1,863 yards and 27 touchdowns. He was named first-team All-State as a senior and was selected to play in the prestigious BIG 33 Football Classic between Pennsylvania and Ohio where he was the only player for PA to score a touchdown. He was the winner of the Scranton Tribune Regional Player of the Year in 1993. Additionally, Jim was the first two-time Carmen Falcone Award winner and was named the Wyoming Valley Conference MVP during his senior year. He was a six-time Scranton Times Player of the Week and team captain as a senior. Jim won a full athletic scholarship to play football for the University of Massachusetts where he was a four year letter winner and holds the UMass record for the longest run from scrimmage. One of Jim’s biggest accomplishments was being part of the 1998 Division I-AA National Championship team that beat Georgia Southern in his senior year. Jim was inducted into the Wyoming Area 2003 “Ring of Pride” Hall of Fame. He volunteers and gives back to the community through Warrior fundraisers, guest speaker at banquets, and uses his network to assist in the recruiting of athletes in the Wyoming Valley. Jim’s commitment to youth goes beyond Luzerne County as he has worked the Red Lion High School football camp and was co-guest speaker with Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions (who at the time was at Georgia Tech). Jim is the son of the late Frank Pizano. His mother, Marian Pizano, still resides in Exeter. Jim has two brothers, Joe and Frank. His brother Joe (Athletic Director and coach at Wyoming Area) was recently inducted into the 2011 Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame, John Louis Popple Chapter. Jim graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in Consumer Studies. In the summer of his senior year, Jim completed a full-time internship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. After college, Jim was hired back at Pennsylvania Hospital as a Patient Advocate and Professional Sports Liaison between 3B Orthopaedics and the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers and Sixers. Currently, Jim is a Key Account Manager for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Multiple Sclerosis Division covering Pennsylvania, Delaware and parts of upstate New York. He is responsible for managing business relationships and partnering with major academic research centers that are dedicated to advancing the treatment of multiple sclerosis to improve patients’ lives. Jim works with such account as the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, Geisinger and Hershey to name a few. Jim resides in Franklinville, NJ with his wife Renee and three-year-old daughter Francesca “Franki.”