Dubuque, Iowa - Paul Wyczawski (pronounced WHY-CHOW-SKI) has been named the 17th coach in the history of the baseball program at the University of Dubuque, Director of Athletics Dan Runkle announced on Friday.
"I am pleased to welcome Paul Wyczawski to our coaching staff on June 18," commented Runkle. "Paul has the game skills, the leadership, and the commitment to move the Spartan baseball team to the next level. He has shown he can compete with teams of a national caliber and win."
Wyczawski joins the Spartans after spending the past two seasons as head coach at University of Texas-Tyler where the Patriots finished 33-12 in 2012 and 33-8 in 2011 en route to the back-to-back ASC East Division Championships and qualified for the NCAA Regionals in 2011.
Wyczawski joined UT-Tyler after serving six seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. Prior to Murray State, Wyczawski spent 10 seasons as the head coach at Hillcrest Christian School in Jackson, Miss., finishing with a record of 252-73 and captured three-straight state championships from 1996-98. Wyczawski also led Hillcrest to state runner-up finishes in 1999 and 2003. Wyczawski has also served as an associate scout for the Texas Rangers (1996-2003) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1994-1995).
“I’m excited to be the new head baseball coach at the University of Dubuque,” commented Wyczawski. “I’m anxious to get going and start recruiting. I believe the school and athletic department are exciting places to work and the opportunity certainly provides a chance to do some great things and develop a program to compete for Iowa Conference Championships. I appreciated meeting President Bullock, Athletic Director Dan Runkle and all the staff when I interviewed. The University of Dubuque has a wonderful administration to keep us moving forward.”
Wyczawski began his coaching career in 1984 as the head coach at Yankton College (S.D.). After one season at Yankton, Wyczawski spent five seasons as the head coach at Peru State (Neb.) posting a career record of 108-100, including five trips to the NAIA postseason tournament.
Wyczawski left Peru State after the 1990 season and joined legendary coach Ron Polk’s staff as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State. Wyczawski served as the assistant pitching coach and bullpen coach on two NCAA Regional Tournament teams. In his time in Starkville, Wyczawski helped tutor three first-round draft picks.
Wyczawski started his collegiate ball at St. John’s (MN) in 1978 before finishing at South Dakota State University where he was a two-time letterwinner for the Jackrabbits. As a senior, he served as a team captain, earned All-North Central Conference honors, and was named academic All-NCC in 1981.
Wyczawski graduated from SDSU in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical recreation. He received his master’s degree in physical education from University of South Dakota in 1984 and his second master’s degree from Mississippi State in 1991 in educational leadership.