Aimee Niespodziany (Litka) enters her fifth season at the helm of the Holy Cross women’s basketball program with a record of 38-85 overall.
Niespodziany was named Women's Basketball Head Coach in 2011 becoming the second head coach in program history. She was also named athletic director at Holy Cross in the spring of 2013.
In 2012-2013, Niespodziany guided the Saints to their second consecutive 10-win season in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), including an upset win over No. 15 Cardinal Stritch on January 23, 2013.
One of Niespodziany’s players was named All-CCAC Honorable Mention as well as six members making the All-Academic Team.
During her first season in 2011-2012, Niespodziany led the Saints to a program-best record of 10-22 and their first ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Quarterfinals play-off victory over Judson University.
In that first season as head coach, two of Niespodziany’s players were named First Team All-CCAC.
Prior to coaching at Holy Cross, Niespodziany enjoyed an impressive four-year career at Valparaiso University where she totaled 944 career points and 171 three-point field goals made. During her senior season, she averaged 11.8 points-per-game ranking her ninth in the Horizon League. In her four seasons at Valparaiso, Niespodziany helped guide the Crusaders to 66 total victories.
Earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management, Niespodziany was a star on the court and in the classroom. For the week of February 6, 2009, she earned the Horizon League Scholar Athlete of the Week. During her junior and senior seasons, she was also named to the fall and spring Horizon League Academic Honor Rolls.
Upon graduation, Niespodziany earned her Masters of Science in Sports Administration from Valparaiso and graduated in 2010. While working on her Masters Niespodziany served as a student assistant to the women’s basketball team at Valparaiso, overseeing film exchange and day-to-day operations in the women’s basketball office.
Prior to Valparaiso, Niespodziany was a former standout at Saint Joseph High School in South Bend. During her senior year, Niespodziany led the Indians to a state championship and was selected Third Team All-State. In addition, she was also named First Team All-Northern Indiana Conference and was an Indiana All-Star. She set the Saint Joseph all-time scoring mark with 1,698 points as well as the all-time steals leader.
Niespodziany currently resides in South Bend with her husband, Steve, and her sons, Bo and Waylon.
Coach Perdas begins his first season with Saints after a one year stint as assistant coach at Kansas Wesleyan. Before Kansas Wesleyan he spent after three years as an Assistant Coach at NCAA Division II Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia.
Prior to Alderson Broaddus, Perdas spent the 2009-10 season as an assistant coach with the men’s team at Kentucky Christian University. They finished the year ranked sixth in the country in NCCAA Division II with an overall record of 20-12 and a 9-1 mark in region play. Perdas’ greatest successes came during his four year run as an assistant for Hall of Fame Coach Robin Hagen-Smith at NAIA national powerhouse Shawnee State University (Ohio). From 2005-2009, SSU won 80% of their games, 78% of their conference games, and two conference championships. They also qualified for the ’06, ’08, and ’09 NAIA Division II national tournaments, finishing ranked inside the top ten of the polls each year. His final season (2008-09), the Bears put together an incredible 29-0 record.
Perdas spent four seasons as an assistant coach in the high school ranks before making the jump to the collegiate level at Ohio University Southern in 2004. Over the course of his 13 year career, Perdas has helped mentor 15 All Conference players, 10 Scholar Athletes, 4 All Americans, and 2 Conference Players of the Year.
The South Webster, Ohio native is a proud graduate of Ohio University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Childhood Education.