Steve Wieczorek Named Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
June 27, 2013
First year Duquesne University men's soccer coach Chase Brooks recently completed his coaching staff with the hiring of Steve Wieczorek.
Wieczorek comes to Duquesne after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach and interim head coach at Siena College.
"Steve is an excellent addition to our staff," said Brooks. "The teams he was associated with at Siena were very competitive and have seen very good success during his time there. Steve brings with him to DU, quality international contacts and a tremendous work ethic. I am excited to have him join us at Duquesne and believe, with Bryce and Steve, we have a staff that is able to propel us forward as we begin our quest for championships."
While at Siena, Wieczorek served as the top assistant for the past two seasons, five in total from 2008-2013. During his five seasons, the Saints enjoyed the best stretch of success in school history with four conference playoff appearances, setting school records for conference single season wins (7) and winning percentage (.857), while also securing the program's first ever wins over nationally ranked opponents.
During his tenure, Wieczorek was responsible for extensive student athlete recruiting. He brought in nine All-MAAC rookie selections, 13 All-MAAC Academic picks, five All-MAAC performers, three NSCAA Scholar All-Americans, five NSCAA Scholar All-Region players, and three NSCAA All-Region selections. He would also recruit two Siena College Male Rookies of the Year and a 2012 Lowe's Senior C.L.A.S.S. nominee. He mentored the first three players to play professionally and helped to develop two MAAC Offensive Players of the Year and a MAAC Rookie of the Year.
Wieczorek also coordinated team travel, scouting, NCAA compliance, social media, and fundraising initiatives, as well as maintaining team equipment. He monitored the academic progress of the squad which in 2012 ranked #12 for Team GPA in NCAA Division I men's soccer, while also achieving consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Awards. Wieczorek conducted full team, functional and goalkeeper training sessions. He performed match analysis and assisted the head coach in practice planning and team selection. Wieczorek functioned as an assistant director of the Future Saints Academy, coordinated youth skills clinics, and performed the administration and daily operations of the program.
He would also serve as Interim Head Coach for the Saints in 2013.
A 2004 graduate of Fairfield University, Wieczorek was a four-year letterman at goalkeeper for the Stags, leading the team to four MAAC Tournament appearances and two MAAC finals. Following graduation, he began his collegiate coaching career that fall at his alma mater as the goalkeepers coach.
From there, he accepted an assistant coach position at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut in 2006 where he helped the team reach the NCAA DII National Tournament, an NSCAA Top 25 ranking, and the East Coast Conference final in 2007. While at Bridgeport, Wieczorek coached nine All-Conference and four NSCAA All-Region selections as well as the East Coast Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year, before moving on to Siena.
Among his duties at Duquesne will be working with the goalkeepers and coordinating the recruiting of international student athletes.