Quinnipiac fires women’s volleyball coaching staff


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Kyle Levasseur, Q30 President

By: Kyle Levasseur

Quinnipiac University fired its women’s volleyball head coach Kris Czaplinski and assistant coach Chad Davis at around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The reasoning was a “lack of performance,” according to a source that Davis texted.

Czaplinski coached at Quinnipiac for seven years and ends his career at the helm with a 52-164 (31-79 MAAC) record. It was his first head coaching job, after serving as an assistant at Quinnipiac for a year and at Post University for two years.

“We thank Kris for his service to Quinnipiac and wish him well in future endeavors,” Greg Amodio, Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation, said in a press release.

Quinnipiac struggled in Czaplinski’s first three seasons (2013-2015) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), winning just four games in three seasons (4-52 MAAC).

Davis joined Czaplinski at Quinnipiac in 2016, after the program received increased funding and the position of a full-time assistant coach. Davis boasts a 20 + year coaching history, coming to Quinnipiac from his position as the director of the Gainesville Juniors Volleyball Club in Gainesville, Florida.

In Davis’ first season, the Bobcats saw immediate success. It was their first winning season in program history (21-13, 11-7 MAAC).

“Basically they were just tired of losing,” Davis said about the 2016 season on the Quinnipiac Athletics podcast Nov. 11. “Thats just the honest truth.”

Quinnipiac made it to the MAAC championship game in 2016, before Fairfield swept the match 3-0.

The Bobcats have not had the same success in the last two years.

This season the team sported a 9-21 (7-11 MAAC) record, earning the seventh seed in the MAAC playoffs (all teams earned auto-bids into the conference playoffs in 2018 due to the MAAC tournament being held in Disney World). After winning its first round game, Quinnipiac got swept 3-0 in the 2018 MAAC quarterfinals.

In 2017, Quinnipiac finished with a 10-22 (9-9 MAAC) record before losing in the first round of the MAAC playoffs.

Quinnipiac will begin searching for replacement coaches immediately.