Longtime Pioneer volleyball coach Jim Giacomazzi was recently named director of athletics at Wayland Baptist University. While he will be a director of athletics, Giacomazzi will remain as head volleyball coach. He has been the head coach at the school since 2007.
Hawkins earned SAC Player of the Week honors
Shahala Hawkins was recently named the Sooner Athletic Conference volleyball Player of the Week, earning the award for the fourth time in her career. Hawkins, a 6-foot senior middle from Denver City, Texas, led the Pioneers to a 4-0 week in New Orleans. In addition to her impressive kills, she recorded 24 digs, five aces, and nine solo and 17 block assists. Hawkins also earned an ace in the win over Faulkner.
The SAC honors three senior athletes for excellence on the court. Hawkins is the second-leading kills per game player in the NAIA, and she also ranks second in hitting percentage and blocks per game. The other two SAC Player of the Week honorees were Texas Wesleyan’s Shaughnessy Hearn and Oklahoma City’s Hannah Mitcham. Hawkins’ honors follow a week of action for Wayland, which plays its third weekend of conference play in Columbia, Mo. This weekend, the Hawks will play against No. 10 Columbia, Lindenwood-Belleville, and No. 3 Missouri Baptist in Columbia, Mo.
Giacomazzi has a 302-203 record at Wayland Baptist University
Jim Giacomazzi has been the head volleyball coach at Wayland Baptist University since 2007. He began his tenure at Wayland in 2007, when he was hired as the Pioneers’ head coach. Giacomazzi has won 302 matches for the Pioneers and is ranked among the top 15 NAIA coaches all-time with 414 wins. Prior to his time in Wayland, Giacomazzi coached at West Texas A&M and led the Lady Buffs to the NCAA Division II national championship in 1992.
Giacomazzi received his undergraduate degree from Azusa Pacific University in California. After playing in the major leagues, he served as an assistant coach for the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs. Giacomazzi was a head volleyball coach at the University of Nevada-Reno and Oral Roberts before moving to West Texas A&M in 1991. While there, he led the Lady Buffs to NCAA Division II nationals and the NCAA Elite Eight Tournament.
In addition to winning the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament in 2008, Giacomazzi has led the Pioneers to the NCAA Tournament three times in the last decade. The university advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in 2013, where it lost to the eventual national champion. The Pioneers were named the NAIA Tournament’s “Champions of Character Team.” The program also set a record for wins in a season. Despite his success as a coach, Giacomazzi is proud of the accomplishments of the Wayland student-athletes.
Giacomazzi is married to assistant professor Trisha Giacomazzi
Jim Giacomazzi has been the head volleyball coach at Wayland Baptist University for fifteen years. He assumed his new role as the school’s director of athletics in June 2022. He came to Wayland in 2007 after leading the Pioneer volleyball program. He ranks among the top fifteen NAIA coaches for career wins with 414. Before coming to Wayland, Giacomazzi led the Lady Buffs to the NCAA Division II national championship and the NCAA Elite 8 Tournament in 1992.
The marriage brought Giacomazzi back into coaching after spending 15 years in the private sector. At the time, the Wayland program had gone eight seasons below.500, but under Giacomazzi’s leadership, the program has enjoyed tremendous success. The program went from four consecutive seasons of losing teams to 11 in a row. The team was also named the NAIA Tournament Champions of Character. In 2013, Giacomazzi’s team had a record of 36-7 and was selected to the National Tournament as a member of the NCAA Division II.
The new AD is excited to bring his coaching experience to the athletics department. His background in the field of athletics and coaching has helped him develop a strong leadership style that benefits the athletics department. Lusk has no doubt that the new AD will find success early in his tenure at Wayland. She is proud of the team’s past and looks forward to the future.