Aimee Niespodziany was named the second women’s basketball coach for Holy Cross College in 2011 charged with continuing the growth of the young program. She was also named athletic director at Holy Cross in the spring of 2013.
Niespodziany enters her third season at the helm of the women’s basketball team with a record of 20-43 in her first two years as a collegiate head coach.
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 their son, Bo.
|1||Lindsey Steffen||SR||G/F||5-8||Nappanee, Ind.|
|2||Kari Barnes||SO||G||5-8||Fort Wayne, Ind.|
|10||Megan Eve||SR||G||5-7||Scottsburg, Ind.|
|11||Jillian DeLucia||SR||G||5-6||Fishers, Ind.|
|22||Kristin Nitka||SR||G||5-7||Chicago, Ill.|
|23||Mary Fitzgerald||SR||G/F||5-8||Livonia, Mich.|
|30||Maggie Gondeck||JR||F||6-0||Michigan City, Ind.|
|32||Shana Anderson||FR||G||5-8||Bourbon, Ind.|
|33||Anna Heck||FR||G/F||5-8||Elkhart, Ind.|
|35||Shelby Nelson||FR||F||6-0||Mishawaka, Ind.|
|44||Carmen Lowe||SO||F||5-11||Fort Wayne, Ind.|
|54||Francesca McCarthy||SR||F||5-9||Terre Haute, Ind.|