ELON, N.C. – The Elon University men’s soccer team and first-year head coach Marc Reeves announced the addition of Maciej Sliwinski as an assistant coach to its coaching staff as released by the program on Friday, March 31.
Sliwinski joins the Phoenix from Fairfield University where he was a member of the coaching staff the past two seasons, including serving as the associate head coach during the 2016 season. Prior to Fairfield, Sliwinski was a member of Reeves’ coaching staff for five seasons at Radford.
“Maciej has a proven track record of identifying and attracting high character and talented student-athletes that have been hugely successful,” said Reeves. “He was a vital part to our success at Radford and I am thrilled he will be joining me again here at Elon. He truly cares about each player maximizing their full potential and he works incredibly hard to ensure they are set up to be successful. He has an ability and willingness to take on many tasks that are needed to operate a successful program. His tactical knowledge and team preparation, along with daily coaching will greatly benefit the program and our chances of success on the field.”
While at Radford, Sliwinski helped the Highlanders to 47 wins in five seasons including double-digit win totals in 2014 (12) and 2012 (10). Under his tutelage, Radford led the nation in goals against average (0.88) in 2014 which helped the team set the longest winning streak in the nation at seven games and the longest unbeaten streak at 11 contests.
Academically, Radford produced the Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year and earned a team GPA award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for five straight seasons. The program also boasted four Academic All-Americans over his final three seasons.
Sliwinski also served as an assistant coach at Lafayette, helping the Leopards to a 10-7-2 overall record and a trip to the Patriot League semifinals in 2009. He also worked two seasons with Reeves at St. John’s University in 2007 and 2008 as a member of head coach Dr. Dave Masur’s coaching staff where St. John’s earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the national semifinals with a 19-3-3 overall record.
A native of Poland, Sliwinski played four seasons at Iona College where he was a two-year captain and was a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic team. During his time at Iona, he interned with the New York Red Bulls where he assisted in team operations and game preparation.
Sliwinski earned his undergraduate degree in finance and later added a master’s degree in sports management from St. John’s University. He also has experience outside of the college game, serving as the Director of Coaching with the Brooklyn Italians.
Sliwinski joins Brad Franks, who will remain with the Phoenix as an assistant coach on Reeves’ staff. Franks returns for his fourth season as a coach at his alma mater and was instrumental in the development of first-time All-Colonial Athletic Association picks Elijah Agu, Nick Adamczyk and Jaiden Fortune last season.
“It is great for the program that Coach Franks will be remaining on our staff,” said Reeves. “I have known Brad a while from his time coaching at various programs and we have also been together on some recruiting trips. He is an excellent young coach who truly cares about Elon Soccer. He has been a vital part to the previous success here at Elon both as a player and coach and we will look to his experiences to help us maximize our resources and keep pushing forward as a program. Brad has already demonstrated his high level coaching abilities and attributes in player identification and development.”
“We will look to add in additional quality staff while utilizing all the available resources here at Elon,” Reeves added. “Combining all staff efforts as we move forward will only further aid both the program and our players in becoming successful.”