HU Alum Alex Morawiecki Named Head Men's Soccer Coach
When he played soccer for Hamline, Alex
Morawiecki was voted the “Hardest Worker” on the team. When he played hockey
for the Pipers, he was voted “Best Team Player.” The Winona, Minnesota native
plans to put those attributes as the new head coach of
his alma mater’s men’s soccer program.
Morawiecki played three years of hockey and
four years of soccer for the Pipers, graduating with a degree in psychology in
2006.He received a master’s degree in organizational management from Concordia
University in 2009.He spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the
Division II school women’s soccer team. In his first season with the Golden
Bears, the team set a school record for wins, including its first-ever
HU athletic director Jason Verdugo pointed to
Morawiecki’s past success at Hamline and solid coaching background as the key
reasons for naming his choice to succeed Jon Lowery. “Alex was a key player on
the last men’s soccer teams here to make the MIAC playoffs (2005-06). He knows
we can win here,” he said. “He has also coached at top notch Division I
programs. We are very excited he is coming to Hamline. He is one of the bright
young minds in the game today.”
In 2009, Morawiecki joined the men’s staff at
Division I Northern Illinois, one of the top 25 teams in NCAA Division I. The next year, he moved to Xavier, where he
spent two seasons. In 2010, the Musketeers had one of the biggest turnarounds
in NCAA history going 2-13-1 the year before to winning the Atlantic 10 Championship
and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
They repeated as champs in 2011 and also earned the school’s first ever Top 25
joining the Pipers, Morawiecki had been doing double duty – assisting at
Schoolcraft College, a NJCAA Division I school and also serving as the head
coach for a pair of youth teams with the Michigan Wolves-Hawks Youth Soccer
"It is an honor to return to a very special place in Hamline as a member of the
staff. As a student-athlete, my experience was rewarding and rich in growth in
all facets: academically, athletically and socially," Morawiecki said.
"As one of many proud alumni of this program, it is my goal to deliver the
best possible experience for our guys while competing for MIAC championships.
We will work hard between now and August to prepare for one of the most
competitive Division III conferences in the nation.”
In addition to his collegiate experience, Morawiecki has advanced youth and national
diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches of America.
been said that the sign of a good coach is how much better and stable
the program is than when he inherited it,” Verdugo observed.
“Alex has been a member of staffs that have done that at three different
universities. I'm confident that Alex will do that in his time at Hamline