PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Kenneth L. Gross Head Coach of Volleyball, Katie Schumacher-Cawley, has announced the addition of Josh Wielebnicki to her staff as an assistant coach.
“I am thrilled to have Josh join me at Penn,” said Schumacher-Cawley. “He is a great coach and even better person. He is very passionate about coaching and is focused on having a positive impact in the student-athlete experience. Josh has the energy and work ethic necessary to continue and grow the excellence of Penn Volleyball.”
Wielebnicki and Schumacher-Cawley are no strangers to one another as the duo spent the previous five years together at UIC. Wielebnicki served as an assistant with the flames, helping out with all aspects of the volleyball program.
While at UIC, Wielebnicki was an integral part of coordinating daily practice plans, analyzing and critiquing skills and overall player development. In addition, Wielebnicki was responsible for coordinating all team travel, game-film exchange and post-game film breakdown.
To go along with his coaching duties with UIC, Wielebnicki was also the head coach for the 17-Elite team of the Chicago Elite Volleyball Club. In this role, he helped prepare elite players for the collegiate level while promoting and educating student-athletes throughout the Chicagoland area.
Prior to his time in the Windy City, Wielebnicki spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Evansville. During his time with the Purple Aces, he supported various facets of the program, including working primarily with outside hitters, opposite hitters and defensive specialists.
Before Evansville, Wielebnicki was the top assistant coach at Western Carolina University for one season. In addition to his work with position players, he oversaw program camps and managed fundraising efforts.
During his undergrad days, Wielebnicki served as a student manager and student assistant at Illinois State for the women's volleyball program, while also handling captain duties and playing on the men's volleyball club team. During his stint with the Redbirds, he assisted the women's team to a 2007 NCAA Tournament appearance, and a second-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference.
On the men's club team, Wielebnicki led the squad to a 2008 third-place finish in Division I-AA, where he played outside hitter, defensive specialist and libero.
A native of Hinsdale, Ill., Wielebnicki attended and played volleyball at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. from 2004-06 before graduating from Illinois State in 2008 with a history degree and a minor in athletic coaching. He also holds a Master’s of Education in Instructional Leadership from UIC, which he completed in 2016.
Josh and his wife, Julie, reside in Philadelphia.