YOUNGWOOD, Pa. – Michael Palaschak has been selected as the new head women's volleyball coach at Westmoreland County Community College.
"I am excited for this opportunity and want to take the Wolfpack to the next level," said Palaschak. "Not only on the court but in the classroom, work, and future endeavors."
Palaschak has served as a PIAA volleyball official for the last 13 years and also has coaching experience at the college, high school and club levels. From 2007-09, he was an assistant coach for Carlow College in the fall, while also working as an assistant boys coach at Fox Chapel High School in the spring. In addition, he worked two seasons as a head coach for an 18-year old boys team with the United Club Volleyball program.
Palaschak's coaching career began after his playing career ended, as he was a three-year starter at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. He earned a scholarship at Mercyhurst after a decorated playing career at Norwin High School in North Huntington, Pa., where he was a two-time First Team All-Section pick.
In his first college head coaching position, Palaschak will lead a Wolfpack volleyball program which won four games last year, but improved its standing in the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) from the previous season.
"Having Michael take over our volleyball program means we'll continue to build on the progress that's been made the last two seasons," said Brian Rose, Westmoreland Director of Athletics. "He brings an array of experiences to our program which will enable him to develop our student-athletes not just on the court, but also be able to help develop their life skills so they can succeed academically and professionally."
A Norwin High School graduate, Palaschak earned his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Mercyhurst in 2007. In addition to coaching volleyball, he is the Regional Sales Manager for Balfurd Linen Service.