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M. Volleyball Coaching Staff
Sam Shweisky
Head Coach

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

Sam Shweisky, will start his sixth season as head coach of the Princeton men's volleyball team when the 2015 season begins. Shweisky is only the second head men’s volleyball coach in Princeton history. In the summer of 2009 Shweisky replaced the legendary Glenn Nelson, who won the EIVA championship and took Princeton to the NCAA semifinals in 1998; in 23 years, it remains the only Eastern crown not won by Penn State.

Shweisky has been named EIVA Bob Sweeney Head Coach of the Year as well as coached 13 All-EIVA players and 2 EIVA newcomers of the year. Shweisky has led the Tigers to the EIVA semifinals, four of his five seasons and taken them to the EIVA Finals twice including last year's semifinal win over Ivy rival Harvard.

Wins over ranked opponents on both coasts (UC-San Diego, UC-Santa Barbra, and Penn State) have become a trend in recent years; and with six MPSF opponents to open the 2015 schedule, Shweisky's Tigers will have plenty of opportunity to challenge the best teams in the country.

Shweisky spent the summer serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team, which won bronze at the NORCECA U-21 Men’s Continental Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador.

"Being a part of USA volleyball has been an amazing privilege I have enjoyed at the youth and development level over the past 10 years,” Shweisky said. “To be asked to assist with the Men's Junior National Team is such an honor it is difficult to put into words.

Shweisky came to Princeton from the University of 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 for two seasons. During his time in Las Vegas, 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.

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 with the men's volleyball division II program.

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 (Israel) and 2008 (Argentina).

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 from Vassar in 2001. At Miami, he gained a master's of science degree in sports psychology in 2006.

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

SHWEISKY'S CAREER TOTALS

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
2014 16-10 .615 10-4 .714 EIVA Finals 4 (1 All America HM - Kessel)
 Totals 60-59 .504 32-30 .516   13
Position: Head Coach
Phone: (609) 258-9016
Email: shweisky@princeton.edu
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