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Sam Shweisky
Position: Head Coach
Phone: (609) 258-9016
Email: shweisky@princeton.edu

Contact Coach Shweisky at 609-258-9016 or shweisky@princeton.edu            

Sam Shweisky, whose coaching experience has brought him both throughout the country and overseas, will start his fifth season as head coach of the Princeton men's volleyball team when the 2014 season begins.

Shweisky didn't waste any time making an immediate impact as the head coach of the Princeton men's volleyball program. In his first year at the helm, he guided Princeton to its first EIVA final since 1998 and earned the EIVA Bob Sweeney Head Coach of the Year honor during an impressive 2010 season.

Shweisky, who also serves as the assistant coach to Sabrina King during the women’s season, helped a men's team that lost four starters to graduation to a second-place record in the EIVA regular season, which included four 3-2 home victories. After a victory over Sacred Heart in the quarterfinal, Princeton earned its first semifinal win in 13 years with a 3-1 victory over George Mason. Princeton led eventual NCAA championship finalist Penn State by five points in the opening set before falling to the Eastern power.

He is now entering his fifth season in the revamped EIVA, which includes eight Division I teams in one division. He has guided Princeton to back-to-back spots in the EIVA postseason, and his 2013 team earned victories over ranked programs on both coasts (Cal Santa Barbara and Harvard).

Shweisky has also coached two First-Team All-EIVA selections in each of the last two seasons. Cody Kessel, the 2012 EIVA Newcomer of the Year, was on both the 2012 and 2013 First Team; he was joined by Michael Dye in 2012 and Pat Schwagler (the 2010 EIVA Newcomer of the Year) last season.

“I am extremely honored to have been chosen as the assistant women's coach and head men's coach for Princeton volleyball,” Shweisky said upon his hiring in 2009. “I am humbled to have been given the task of carrying on the tradition of excellence for both programs. To coach volleyball in both the Ivy League and the EIVA has always been an aspiration of mine and to work with both men and women is an extraordinary opportunity few coaches in the country get to enjoy.

Having competed as a student-athlete in the EIVA, I am looking forward to returning to the fraternity of men's volleyball on the east coast. My goal with the men's program will be to further the legacy that coach Glenn Nelson created while reaching for new heights.”

Shweisky is only the second head men’s volleyball coach in Princeton history. He replaced the legendary Glenn Nelson, who coached the Tigers as both a club team and, starting in 1997, a varsity program. Nelson took Princeton to the NCAA semifinals in 1998 and won the EIVA championship; in 22 years, it remains the only Eastern crown not won by Penn State.

A member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association since 2003, Shweisky has achieved a Level III accreditation through the USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program and now serves as a Cadre member teaching CAP courses across the country.

Shweisky came from Central Florida, where he spent one season as the women’s volleyball assistant. That Knight squad won 15 games and had its best season since 2003.

Prior to his season at UCF, Shweisky was an assistant with UNLV. During his time, the Rebels enjoyed their most successful season in program history in 2007. The team had a program-best 24-6 overall record along with its first Mountain West Conference championship. With the MWC title came the school's first trip the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament as well as the program's first national ranking in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll. Including the Rebels 20-10 record in 2006, Shweisky was a part of UNLV's only back-to-back 20-win campaigns.

Shweisky also worked as an assistant coach for the USA Red Youth National Team that won the silver medal at the 2008 USA Volleyball High Performance National Championships in Tucson, Ariz. During the summer of 2010, Shweisky was invited to coach at the USA High Performance training camp in Wisconsin Dells with the USA Junior National Boys training group as well as coach in the USA High Performance Championships in Wisconsin Dells with a USA-Continental girls team.

Shweisky also serves as an assistant coach for the USA Open women's team that won the silver medal at the Pan-American Maccabiah games in Argentina this past December. After the 2006 collegiate season, he was invited to coach the USA High Performance Select A2 Team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In 2011, Shweisky was invited to coach with the Boys Youth A2 team at the USA High Performance Championships in Tucson Arizona. The team won the silver medal.

Prior to UNLV, Shweisky was a graduate assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) University for long-time head coach Carolyn Condit. The RedHawks owned a 27-31 record in his two seasons in Oxford. In 2005, the RedHawks posted an 18-13 overall mark and finished Mid-American Conference play with a 9-7 record.

While in Oxford, he was the head coach from 2004-06 for the Borderline VBC 18-under open girls' club team. Shweisky was also the USA's 18-under girls' team head coach at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, in which his squad won the silver medal. From 2003-04, he held the head coaching position for the NYC Juniors 17-under girls' club team and at Friends Seminary High School for the varsity and junior varsity girls' teams.

Shweisky has served as an assistant for the Hudson Valley boys' scholastic team in the Empire State Games (N.Y.) during the summers of 1997-05. From 2001-02, he was an assistant coach at the University of New Haven.

Prior to and during his coaching, Shweisky played for Miami's men's club team (2004-06) and for Vassar College (1998-01). He has played internationally, as well, with The Hajraa Volleyball Club in Holland (2002-03) and for USA in the Maccabiah Games in 2001, 2005 and 2008.

Shweisky was a four-year letterwinner at Vassar College, where he helped his team to the Division III National Championship as a senior. He finished his collegiate career ranked fourth in single-season digs at Vassar, fifth in single-season digs per game and seventh in all-time digs.

A native of New York City, Shweisky earned his bachelor's degree in Hispanic studies and a minor in psychology from Vassar in 2001. At Miami, he gained a master's of science degree in sports psychology in 2006.


Year Overall Pct.  EIVA  Pct. EIVA Finish All_EIVA Selections
2010  15-10 .600 5-5 .500 EIVA Finals

3 - Rookie of the Year (Schwagler)
Coach of the Year (Shweisky)

2011 3-19 .143 1-9 .100 Sixth 0
2012 13-10 .565 7-7 .500 EIVA Semifinals 3 - Rookie of the Year (Kessel)
2013 13-10 .565 9-5 .643 EIVA Semifinals 3
 Totals  44-49 .473 22-26 .458    
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