HEAD COACH JOE KOSCIW
Joe Kosciw enters his fourth season as head coach of Lindenwood men's volleyball in 2021. Kosciw is the fourth head coach in the history of the program after spending four seasons as an assistant coach for the Lions.
In 2020, the Lions got off to an impressive 11-8 start, including a 4-2 mark in the MIVA. The season was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two players received All-MIVA honors under the guidance of Kosciw, as Diego Negron and Sam Schindler both were named first-team All-MIVA honorees.
In 2019, the team finished 9-9, with a 5-9 record within the MIVA. The Lions ultimately fell to No. 13 Purdue Fort Wayne in the MIVA Tournament. Under Kosciw, four different Lindenwood student-athletes earned All-MIVA honors for the season, including seniors Adam Brewster and Connor Hipelius being named to the second team.
As the head coach in 2018, Kosciw oversaw a four-match improvement from the previous season. The 2018 squad posted 9.24 digs per set, second for a single season in the NCAA era of Lindenwood volleyball. Kosciw coached the team to a four-set win over then-No. 8 Loyola-Chicago on April 5. Individually, libero Ryan Vorderer collected 242 digs, a Lindenwood NCAA record.
In his first year on the Lindenwood coaching staff in 2014, he helped the Lions go 19-12 overall. Lindenwood had a 15-1 regular season non-conference mark and won four matches in the very competitive Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. In 2015, he was part of a program that won its first MIVA Tournament match in program history, and also set a program record with seven regular season MIVA victories. In the last two seasons as the primary recruiting coordinator, Kosciw helped a young Lions squad improve throughout each season and build a competitive culture.
Prior to joining the Lindenwood staff, Kosciw played collegiate volleyball under Dorn at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. For four seasons he was a setter for the Crusaders and played in 73 matches for his career. He served as team captain of the Crusaders for his last two seasons and helped them climb as high as No. 2 in the NAIA national polls in the 2013 season. Kosciw was named 2013 MAMVIC East Setter of the Year. For his career at Clarke he totaled 1,845 assists, which places him fourth all-time on career assist totals.
Prior to playing volleyball in college, Kosciw played club volleyball for three years and attended Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois where he helped lead the Lancers to three consecutive regional titles. In his senior season he was named honorable mention all-conference. Kosciw has also helped coach multiple volleyball camps ranging from youth all the way through the college level.