Sacred Heart tabs Bard head coach to lead program

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A coach from one of the top NCAA Division III men’s volleyball conferences will take over at Sacred Heart.

Athletics director Judy Ann Riccio announced Monday that the school hired Adam Niemczynowicz to be its new head coach.

Niemczynowicz spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Bard and served as the college’s assistant athletics director. Bard competing in the UVC finished last season 8-10 – the program’s most single-season wins under Niemczynowicz.


“I felt an immediate connection at SHU with the people, culture, beliefs and how everyone is so welcoming,” Niemczynowicz said in a statement. “I look forward to working with all the players and staff. I’m excited to continue the legacy of the program and work on building it even stronger.”

Along with his coaching career, Niemczynowicz as a player helped lead Concordia to three consecutive EIVA Tournament appearances from 2001-03. The Poland native also earned EIVA All-Tournament Team honors as the Clippers reached the 2001 conference tournament finals.

Sacred Heart in its final year in the EIVA finished last season at 10-17 and failed to make the EIVA Tournament. The Pioneers, a NEC school, departed the EIVA this offseason to join the newly formed NEC men’s volleyball conference for the 2023 season.

Sacred Heart returns five starters for the inaugural NEC season, including All-EIVA outside attacker Patrick Mucherino.