Koszalka resigns as Dowling coach
Oakdale, N.Y.- After 11 seasons at the helm, Dowling head coach Alex Koszalka has officially announced his resignation, effective immediately. A replacement for the position has yet to be announced.
"I appreciate the opportunity Dowling has given me," Koszalka said following his announcement. "I've had the pleasure of coaching some great and talented young ladies these past 11 seasons and I'm proud of the accomplishments that we have achieved during my time at Dowling. I also want to thank the staff and administrators in the athletic department for their support and commitment to the program. I wish the team all the best and look forward to hearing about their future successes."
Koszalka's tenure at Dowling has many highlights, but this past season was one to remember as he led his team to a 31-2 record, helping the Golden Lions become the first East Region volleyball team in the history of Division II to reach the national semifinals. After starting the season with an unprecedented 44 consecutive set win-streak, Dowling went on to claim the East Coast Conference regular season title while also taking home the ECC championship trophy on their way to the Final Four in Louisville, Ky. In addition, DC would earn a program best No. 20 national ranking by the AVCA while leading the nation in winning percentage in 2010.
The list of accomplishments at Dowling for Koszalka is endless. He has compiled a 328-100 overall record to make him the winningest coach in Dowling history, leading the Golden Lions to nine NCAA postseason appearances while claiming five regional championships. In the ECC, his achievements are just as impressive as he has claimed six regular season titles and six postseason championships. Under his watch, seven student-athletes have been named conference players of the year while another six have been named conference rookies of the year.
On a national level, Koszalka has coached nine Daktronics All-Americans and six AVCA All-Americans. In addition, he would coach the National Freshman of the Year in 2008. His efforts would also earn him Regional Coach of the Year honors three separate times.
"Alex has been one of the premier coaches in all of Division II for many years and we're extremely proud to have had him here at Dowling for the past 11 seasons," said Vice President for Athletics Rick Cole, Jr. "His contributions to the program will continue to be felt for years to come. I wish Alex the best of luck in his future endeavors and thank him for everything he has done for us."