MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University volleyball program announces the hiring of Brian Bartczak as an assistant coach according to head coach Dominic Yoder. Bartczak has worked with Yoder at Michigan Tech and Cameron University. During the 2006 season he helped lead the Aggies to a 25-4 record and the Lone Star Conference North Division title.
He served as the interim head coach during the spring of 2007 at Cameron after Yoder accepted the head coaching position with the Wildcats. At Cameron he assisted with all aspects of the volleyball program which included planning daily practice sessions, scouted opponents and coordinated the off-season training. Bartczak was the student-assistant coach with the Huskies during the 2004 season. At MTU, Bartczak assisted with drills at practices and in coordinating high school volleyball tournaments. From 2005-06, Bartczak was an assistant coach at Abilene Christian University where he assisted in leading the team to a 31-4 record during the 2005 season, Lone Star Conference title and a second-place finish in the Southwest region.
“Brian will bring a wealth of volleyball knowledge and experience to the coaching staff. He is an experienced assistant coach on many very good teams and has had successful playing experience,” said Yoder. “Brian also offers in-depth knowledge of strategies and techniques as both a player and coach. He coaches collegiate volleyball with passion and hard work. Brian will be a vocal coach who is detailed oriented and will work very hard for NMU, the volleyball team and for player success both academically and athletically.”
Bartczak was recently the head coach and assistant club director for the Main Beach Laguna 17-1 Volleyball Club in California. He has been an assistant coach with the San Bernardino Valley College women’s team and the Irvine Valley College men’s team. Irvine Valley won the 2008 California Community College Athletic Association men's volleyball championship.
Bartczak has coached on the high school level at Valencia High School and at Fairmont Prep Academy. While at MTU he helped found the Keweenaw Select Volleyball Club. During his prep career at Valencia High School, Bartczak was named the Orange League Most Valuable Player as a senior. He still holds nine hitting and passing records at his high school. Bartczak played football and was on the men’s club volleyball team for the Huskies. With the men’s volleyball team, Bartczak was a player-coach and a two-time first-team NIVC selection.
He has worked volleyball camps at the University of Michigan, Pepperdine and at UCLA.
A 2005 graduate of MTU with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, he also received a coaching certificate endorsed by Michigan State University the same year. Bartczak is currently working on a master’s of liberal studies with an emphasis in health and human performance from Ft. Hays State University.
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