TONY GRENEK -- Women's Basketball Head Coach
4th year at Point Park (Career Record 77-19)
Alma Mater: IUP '94
Tony Grenek is in his fourth season at Point Park. In his first three years with the Pioneers, he led the school to three straight conference tournament championships in two different conferences and took Point Park to its first three NAIA Division II national tournaments in school history.
Grenek has been selected as a conference Coach of the Year the last two times, the first of which was in the American Mideast Conference in 2011-12, and the second of which came in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2013-14.
Point Park was 29-5 overall and 14-4 KIAC in Grenek's third seaso of 2013-14. The Pioneers set a team record for most wins, winning percentage (.853) and most consecutive wins with 14. Point Park started out the year 14-0 to reach No. 18 in the NAIA DII Top 25 Poll, its highest ranking ever and its highest ranking of the season. Point Park was the KIAC Regular Season and Tournament champions to qualify for the NAIA Division II national tournament for the third time in a row.
The 2012-13 season saw the Pioneers compile a 25-7 record overall for the most wins in school history at the time. The Pioneers were the KIAC Regular Season and Tournament champions in their first season in the conference to qualify for the national tournament once again.
In his first year of 2011-12, Grenek led the Pioneers to their best record at the time, 23-7 overall and 12-2 in the American Mideast Conference. Point Park reached the NAIA Division II National Tournament for the first time ever and also won the AMC Tournament championship for the first time.
The Pioneers got as high as No. 21 in the NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll that in 2011-12, and they were ranked in the last six polls of the season. It was the first time ever that Point Park was ranked in the Top 25.
The program has not only reached the Top 25 on the court, it also gets it done in the classroom. Point Park has been ranked in the WBCA Academic Top 25 rankings for NAIA DII schools each of the last three seasons -- 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14. The Pioneers were No. 11 in the nation in those rankings in 2013-14, their highest ever.
Grenek came to Point Park with 10 years of coaching experience on the college level – five as a head coach – and was Seton Hill’s associate head coach the last two years. At Seton Hill, he was instrumental in the Griffins reaching the NCAA Division II national tournament in 2009-10, just their second season eligible for that event.
Grenek replacesd Sam Kosanovich, who led Point Park to its most consistent success in decades the previous five years. The Pioneers were coming off consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 25 years, but Kosanovich stepped down at the end of the 2010-11 season to become Point Park’s Student Center Director full-time. He had been serving the role of women’s basketball coach and Recreation Center Director for four years before taking over at the Student Center in his fifth season.
“Coach Grenek will be a great addition to our staff,” said Swalga upon hiring Grenek. “He has head-coaching experience as well as coaching at the Division II level with success everywhere he has been. We have a good thing going with our program, and I expect Tony will continue the growth and success of our recent past. We’re poised for great success in women’s basketball.”
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the Point Park University family,” said Grenek. “It’s a great situation here with a great campus in a beautiful part of downtown Pittsburgh. I was eager to become a head coach once again, and I’m going to work as hard as I can for Point Park University.
“I want Point Park to be known as one of the premier women’s basketball schools in the Pittsburgh area,” said Grenek. “With the plans for the new on-campus arena and all the great things happening here, that can only enhance our recruiting. And as we start to build a winner, we can establish a tradition of getting talented student-athletes who are students first, athletes second and also wonderful people in the classroom and the community.”
At Seton Hill, Grenek worked under well-known head coach Ferne Labati, who has had Grenek as her top assistant for all five years she’s been at the school in Greensburg, Pa. Before coming to Seton Hill, Labati was the head coach for 17 years at NCAA Division I Miami (Fla.), and she has more than 500 career victories.
Grenek’s responsibilities for the Griffins included running a defense that ranked first in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in opponent’s points per game (60.0) last year. He made all the defensive calls for the Griffins and was responsible for much of the on-floor coaching. His duties included running practices, creating scouting reports and recruiting.
Grenek helped the Griffins to consecutive 20-win seasons the last two years. A break-through year was the 2009-10 season when Seton Hill went 23-8, reached the WVIAC tournament championship game, and qualified for the NCAA Division II national tournament. The Griffins, in just their second year eligible for the tourney after entering the Division II ranks, won their first national tournament game over Fayetteville State before losing to No.1 ranked and eventual Final Four team Gannon in the second round.
Seton Hill was 22-7 last year and played in the semifinals of the WVIAC tournament but did not receive an at-large bid to the national tourney like the year before.
Also strong performers in the classroom, Seton Hill ranked in the top 15 in NCAA Division II in team GPA the last three years. The Griffins were as high as third in the nation in 2008.
Before going to Seton Hill, Grenek spent five years as the head men’s basketball coach at Butler County Community College. He took over a program that had little interest and was 5-25 the year before his arrival. Grenek quickly turned things around there with an NJCAA Region 20 championship in his first season of 2001-02. The Pioneers made the Region 20 playoffs all five of his years, and the non-scholarship program was 35-19 the last two years under Grenek.
Highlights of Grenek’s time at Butler County CC include being named the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 2004-05 and also coaching two junior college All-Americans.
Grenek earned a bachelor’s degree in General Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University in 1998.
Point Park University women’s basketball was 14-13 overall in each of the last two seasons. The Pioneers were a few games shy of making the American Mideast Conference postseason tournament both of those years.
Point Park welcomes back four starters next year including All-AMC second team guard April Austin, a junior from Penn Hills, Pa., and All-AMC Honorable Mention pick Joncelyn Peterkin, a senior center from West Mifflin, Pa.