Two-time All-American spent last few days at U.S. Olympic Training Center
Assistant coach Dan Pawlikowski is in his third year as a member of head coach Ray Gooden's staff. Working mainly with the outside hitters and middle blockers, Pawlikowski has seen his understudies have enormous success as they played a large role in the Huskies finishing second at the 2010 Mid-American Conference Tournament, NIU's highest finish since 2001, and posting 27 wins for the first time since 1998.
Under Pawlikowski's eye, the NIU offense ranked 31st in the nation in hitting percentage and 33rd in kills per set. The Huskies excelled large in part due to his development of the freshman duo of Sarah Angelos and Lauren Wicinski. Angelos ranked 29th in the country, while Wicinski ranked sixth in the country in kills.
With Pawlikowski's guidance, Wicinski became the first player in MAC history to earn the league's Freshman and Player of the Year honors in the same season. She also garnered the school's second American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American accolade and was named CVU.com's Freshman of the Year.
In his first season aboard the NIU staff, he coached a pair of his outside hitters to All-MAC honors as Allison McGlaughlin ranked sixth in the MAC in kills and Meagan Schoenrock ranked fourth.
Before coming to NIU, Pawlikowski gained a wealth of knowledge and experience while working with his wife, Coley, at North Park for three seasons. He played a large role in helping the Vikings go from a 5-28 team in 2006 to a 19-12 team by 2008. In that stretch, North Park posted 37 wins, won two tournament championships, and produced the best outside hitter in the last 13 years of the program in Yaifeh Chafeh.
As a Huskie, Pawlikowski has reunited with NIU head coach Ray Gooden, who coached his fellow Evanston, Ill., native in his playing days. Pawlikowski has also been coached and influenced by former Ball State All-American Chris Cooper, All-Era coach Vic Botwin and his father, Bob Pawlikowski.
Prior to his time with the Vikings, Pawlikowski served on the men's coaching staff from 2004-2006 at Loyola University Chicago, helping the Ramblers to their best season in program history in 2005 with a 26-3 record. During his three seasons at Loyola, the team went 72-13, won two MIVA conference regular season championships and had nine different players honored on the all-conference squad. While working mostly with the outside hitters and liberos, he helped three different players win Libero of the Year in the conference and helped four players earn AVCA All-America honors.
After his graduation from the University of Illinois, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in English literature in 2001, Pawlikowski held assistant coaching positions with the girl's team at Glenbrook North High School, boy's team at Evanston Township High School and was head coach for both the boy's and girl's teams in the Adversity Volleyball club.
Additionally, he also helped his wife coach the Kane County Juniors 18 Gold team. The 18s have been a regular top 20 team in the Great Lakes Region, finishing 13th in the national division of the 2008 USAV Junior National Championships in Dallas. Most recently, the 18-Gold team won the championship at the prestigious Volleyball Festival in Phoenix, Ariz.
In his playing days, Pawlikowski participated with the Illinois men's club team as an outside hitter for four years. With the Illini, he was part of a team that won three Midwest championships, two Big Ten titles and earned four top 10 finishes at the NIRSA Division I national tournament. In his sophomore year, he helped the team finish third in the nation and he garnered All-Big Ten honors in his junior and senior seasons.
Pawlikowski is joined by his wife on the coaching staff at NIU.