Now in her sixth season as the assistant coach for the Dukes, Katie Michalski looks to lead her alma mater to the top of the Atlantic 10 Conference standings. She began her stint as the graduate assistant for Duquesne in 1997 and was named assistant coach in 1998.
Michalski, a four-year letterwinner with the Dukes, brings an abundance of knowledge, intensity, drive and experience to the volleyball program. She has the distinction of being one of five Duquesne players to reach the 1,000 kill plateau and was lauded as an All-Atlantic 10 Conference honorable mention.
During her tenure as the Dukes? assistant, she has aided elevate the overall talent and competitiveness of the program and helped lead last season?s squad to a 16-10 record, which is the most successful since the 1996 squad went 18-13.
The three-year team captain began her coaching career in 1995 at the Sweet Home High School volleyball camp where she was an instructor for three years. Michalski has also coached at the Seneca Falls Supercamp Volleyball Camp and served as an individual hitting / defense coach.
Aiding in the growth of club volleyball in the Pittsburgh area, Michalski coaches an 18 & Under team for the Pittsburgh Elite club. She began coaching area club teams in 1997 and is active in continuing the program's growth in the region.
A 1997 graduate of Duquesne with a degree in elementary education, Michalski is listed in numerous categories on the Dukes' career records list. She is first in service aces (187), second in digs (1,421), fourth in kills (1,108) and ninth in solo blocks. Michalski holds the single season standard in aces with 87 in 1993, which led the Atlantic 10 Conference. That year, she guided the team to one of its most successful slates with a 19-12 mark en route to earning all-tournament honors at the league championship.
The 27-year old Michalski received her master's degree in education the summer of 1999 at Duquesne. She resides in Bethel Park, PA.