Head Volleyball Coach Manuel Concepcion Announces Josh Wielebniki as Assistant

Western Carolina Head Volleyball Coach Manuel Concepcion has announced the addition of Josh Wielebnicki as the assistant volleyball coach.

Wielebnicki comes to Western Carolina from Illinois State University where he served as a student assistant.

Last Spring with the Redbirds, he primarily worked withoutside hitters and defensive specialists as well as helped prepare practice plans. During the Fall Season, he was the Data Volley Specialist, which allowed him to be in charge of all the game-breaking activities and scouting reports. The teamadvanced to the Semi-Finals of the Missouri Valley Conference.

“I am excited to have Josh Wielebnicki as my assistant; he is one of the brightest statistical minds around,” Concepcion said. “His playing experience at the NCAA level, along with his background as a Chicago native will be the great assets for the program. He brings the energy and passion for the game that I was looking for to fill the position. Josh will be working closely with the Outsides & Defensive Specialists.”

A 2008 graduate of Illinois State with a bachelor’s degree in History and minor in coaching, Wielebniki also played club volleyball for Illinois State. He served as the Vice President and co-captain for the team.

Wielebnicki was also the Head Coach of the Illini Elite Volleyball club preparing elite players, 16-to-18-years old, for the collegiate level. He helped the players develop skills from a fundamental, tactical, and technical standpoint.

Prior to transferring to Illinois State, Wielebnicki spent two seasons as an outside hitter/defensive specialist/libero for Lewis University.