Lindenwood tabs assistant Kosciw as new head coach

An assistant coach for Lindenwood has been promoted and will take over the program for the upcoming season.

Lindenwood Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Brad Wachler announced earlier this week that Joe Kosciw has been named the school’s new men’s volleyball head coach.

“I am thankful to be named the next head coach of the men’s volleyball program,” Kosciw said in a statement. “I want to thank Vice President Brad Wachler and Senior Associate Athletics Director Tom Wagganer for providing me the opportunity to develop and lead this program. I am fortunate to have had great mentors to learn from, and I am excited to use the knowledge I have acquired to help our student-athletes succeed on the court and in the classroom.”

Kosciw joined the Lindenwood coaching staff in 2014, and in his first season helped the Lions finish non-conference play at 15-1. The following season Kosciw also help guide the Lions to a fifth-place finish in the MIVA and to the conference tournament semifinals.

Lindenwood finished last season in seventh place and almost upset No. 7/7 Lewis before losing in five games in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals

Kosciw will replace former head coach Kris Dorn, who announced in the middle of the season he was leaving the university to become the Vanguard women’s beach volleyball head coach.

Along with his coaching experience, Kosciw had more than 1,750 career assists for Clarke University. The setter in his senior season also was named the 2013 MAMVIC East Setter of the Year and helped Clarke move as high as No. 2 in the national rankings.

“We had tremendous interest in our coaching position,” Wachler said in a statement. “Based on Joe’s four years as part of the program, he easily set himself apart as a very bright young coach who will be a fantastic leader for the volleyball program.”

Lindenwood returns a majority of starters for the upcoming season, including Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshman All-American middle attacker Sam Schindler.