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Flip Piontek
Head Coach

Flip Piontek enters his 11th season as the Head Coach of Jennies Volleyball, and his 34th year with the program in 2019.

After 23 seasons as the Jennies assistant coach, Piontek was named head coach prior to the 2009 season. In his time at the helm, Piontek has guided the program to two NCAA Regional Championships and six MIAA titles. As head coach, Piontek has led the Jennies to a 280-64 record. As an assistant, the Jennies were 729-174 in his 23 seasons.

Piontek has seen 27 players earn AVCA All-American honors, and 62 All-MIAA Team selections. In 2011, three Jennies were named First Team AVCA All-Americans and Allie Huffman was the MIAA Player of the Year, the first Jennie to earn the award since 1999. Julia Bates (2013) and Carly Sojka (2015) have also been named the MIAA Player of the Year under Piontek. Freshman, Hannah Engelken was the Freshman of the Year in 2019.

Huffman became the first four-year player of Piontek’s to be inducted into the UCM Hall of Fame, along with the 2010 Regional Championship team. Huffman was also the second volleyball player ever elected to the MIAA Hall of Fame in 2017.

The 2018 season marked the 42nd straight year the Jennies have won at least 20 games. They finished 25-8 and, like 2017 and 2016, were fourth in the MIAA regular season. In both years, the Jennies had seven named to the All-MIAA team, making it five straight with seven All-Conference selections. Kylie Hohlen and Audrey Fisher were named AVCA All-American Honorable Mention.

Piontek guided his 2015 squad to another NCAA tournament, their 33rd straight year of NCAA play and a final ranking of 11th by the AVCA. The team finished 30-5 winning the MIAA tournament, their 13th in program history. Seniors Annie Reilly and Carly Sojka won their third and second AVCA All-American awards, and junior Maddie Jones was honored with her first. For the third straight season, seven Jens were named to the All-MIAA team, including three First Teamers, and Sojka was 16th Jennies to be named MIAA Player of the Year.

In 2014, the Jennies went 22-9 and 19-3 in the MIAA, winning a share of the conference crown. The Jennies returned to the NCAA tournament for the 32nd straight season and remained ranked by the AVCA each week of the poll. The Jens also had all six starters and libero named All-MIAA and three made the AVCA All-American Team.

In 2013, he led the Jennies to their fourth MIAA regular season title in five years and a 33-2 overall record. The .943 winning percentage is the best single-season mark in program history. The Jennies also captured the MIAA Tournament title with Julia Bates being named the MIAA Player of the Year. In addition, four Jennies were named All-Americans.

In 2012, Piontek led the Jennies to their record 30th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament while competing in what was easily the most competitive region in NCAA Division II. All eight teams in the regional were nationally ranked, including the Jennies, who were among the top 10 in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll all season.

He also reached a milestone in 2012, earning his 100th career win with a 3-2 victory over then-No. 17 Lewis. In his first five seasons, Piontek had a 155-24 record, and an 84-8 mark in conference play, the best MIAA record over that time.

In 2011, the Jennies made their second consecutive NCAA Elite Eight appearance after claiming the NCAA South Central Regional title on their home court. The Jens also claimed their third straight MIAA regular season title, dropping just one conference match all season.

In 2010, he guided the squad to its highest postseason finish since 1987. UCM hosted a second-straight South Central Regional and were victorious, returning to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time since 1996. In just his second season at the helm, the team worked its way to the NCAA national semifinal match, losing three close sets to second-ranked University of Tampa.

In his inaugural season of 2009, Piontek led UCM to its first outright MIAA championship since 1999, and earned the right to host the 2009 NCAA South Central Regional, where the Jennies advanced the regional championship game.

Piontek specializes in teaching the technical aspects of the game, doing so during his tenure as an assistant. With Piontek on the bench, the Jennies have claimed 25 MIAA titles, and have been to the NCAA Tournament in 35 seasons.

Piontek first joined the Jennies program in time for the 1986 season. He spent three years prior to that (from 1982-84) as an assistant at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he helped the Falcons win two league titles and finish third at the 1983 NCAA Division II Tournament.

While this has been his only head coaching job at the collegiate level, Piontek has several years of experience in the club and professional ranks. In the summer of 2001, Piontek coached the Missouri/Kansas High Performance Team to a third-place finish at the inaugural USA Volleyball High Performance Colorado Cup.

In 1998, Piontek served as co-head coach of the Kansas City Lightning, the first professional women’s volleyball team in Kansas City. He helped the Lightning to a 7-1 record and a regular-season league title before they fell in the semifinals of the playoffs to the eventual champion Nebraska Tornados. In the winter of 2013, Piontek joined USA Volleyball’s Heart of America Havoc professional team as an assistant. The Havoc went 5-4 his first season during the 2012-13 season to finish ninth, and 6-3 in the 2013-14 season with a fifth place finish at the PVL Championships.

An Air Force veteran who played volleyball while in the service, Piontek is active in the sport as he has helped several teams qualify for the USAV Nationals as a player and was a nationally certified referee and scorekeeper. He also served as a line judge during the beach volleyball competition at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Piontek earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the Academy in 1975. He also received a master’s degree in history from Indiana University later that same year and a second master’s degree in business administration from Central Missouri in 1988.

Piontek and his wife Stacy have three sons. Joe (28), a 2012 UCM graduate who lives in Boulder, Colorado, Matt (26), who graduated from UCM in May 2013 and currently lives in North Kansas City with his wife Emmy and Nick (22), a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force who is currently stationed at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas. They also have two daughters who are attending Central Missouri, Hally (20) and Shilpa (28). Hally was a member of the 2013 and 2014 USA Gymnastics Junior National Trampoline & Tumbling Teams and was also selected to the 2016 National Trampoline Developmental Team. At the 2017 National Championships, Hally was selected to the USAG National Team. She is the only national team athlete selected for two apparatus: trampoline and the double-mini trampoline.

Stacy is the head of the PE department at Warrensburg High School. A member of Central Missouri’s Athletic Hall of Fame, she was a two-time First Team All-American for the Jennies after transferring from the Air Force Academy, and capped off her two-year career by helping UCM to a runner-up national finish in 1987. She also played for the Kansas City Lightning in 1998.