Assistant Coach, Michigan State University
NCAA Division I
After a four-year standout career as setter and defensive specialist at the University of the Pacific, Mike Gawlik has brought his knowledge and experience to Michigan State University, where he has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach. The Spartans have made the NCAA Tournament in three of Gawlik's five years as assistant coach, including a trip to the round of 16 in 2007.
Primarily responsible for the defensive specialists, Gawlik has mentored Spartan libero Allyson Karaba, who recorded 518 digs in 2008 and 515 digs in 2009, good for the second- and third-highest totals in school history, respectively. Karaba trails only Nicole Colaluca on that list, an athlete that Gawlik also coached in his time at MSU.
"Volleyball is my passion," said Gawlik. "I've been involved with volleyball my entire life... I'd like to eventually try being a head coach when the time is right. But until then, I am very happy with where I am, who I'm working with, and what we're building here at Michigan State."