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VOLLEYBALL: Knights' Shawaryn steps aside

Successful girls’ coach will assume larger role at Juniata College

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Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 11:38 pm | Updated: 7:02 pm, Thu Sep 12, 2013.

Some coaches wait years and years for what Pat Shawaryn was able to accomplish in just three seasons.

How's one state title, one state runner-up and one state semifinal?

How about three District Three Class AAA titles and three Lancaster-Lebanon League titles?

A five-game match record of 55-2?

Would be difficult to top those achievements.

Shawaryn, however, stepped down from his position as coach of the Hempfield girls' volleyball team this week. For the last two seasons, he's also been the assistant men's volleyball coach at Juniata College. Now, he is taking on additional duties at Juniata, his alma mater, which will preclude him from continuing as Hempfield's coach.

Shawaryn told the team of his decision Tuesday night and Hempfield posted the position opening Wednesday.

"I wish I could have stuck around a little longer but opportunity knocked," Shawaryn said. "I said 'no' (to Juniata) last year but they sweetened the deal enough that I couldn't say no again."

Shawaryn also is a product of the success at Hempfield, having played prep volleyball there. He took over a successful program that was made so through the junior high team and club teams.

But Shawaryn put his stamp on the program, introducing 5 a.m. workouts, more road work and a college-style offense. He brought a different attitude and a spark of sorts.

"Luckily, the girls were able to pick up everything I said and they worked just as hard to prove to everybody that they were good enough," Shawaryn said. "The seniors bought into it and made everybody else believe it. It trickled down from there."

Shawaryn's teams produced numerous state, district and league all-stars, several of whom went on to play college volleyball, some at the Division I level.

There were many memories for Shawaryn but defeating Upper Merion for the Class AAA state title in 2010 tops them all.

"There is nothing that will ever replace that," he said. "That day, the joy, the tears."

Shawaryn's successor will inherit a team that loses just two players from last season's team, which advanced to the state title match before falling to Parkland.

While Shawaryn moves on, his three seasons at the helm will be remembered for continued success.

"It was hard," Shawaryn said of his decision. "Hempfield has been great to me. That's where everything started for me. But I give all the credit to the girls."

kfreeman@lnpnews.com

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