Camp Director / Head Coach
The Swarthmore volleyball program has been under the direction of Harleigh (Leach) Chwastyk since 2002; during that time, nearly 100 student-athletes have participated in an NCAA Division III program earning regional and national recognition, both on and off the court.
Coach Chwastyk reached the 200 win mark early in the 2015 season and has the most in school history, and the eighth-most wins in the Centennial Conference. The 2012 season was highlighted by a program-first win over a nationally-ranked opponent, #10 Eastern University, and received votes in the AVCA top 25 national poll. In just the last five seasons, Chwastyk’s charges set new program watermarks for best conference finish and five postseason ECAC tournament appearances. Her peers within the conference recognized Chwastyk by naming her the Centennial Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons (2009, 2010).
Through dedicated recruiting efforts, Chwastyk has brought players from 18 states to campus. Twenty-two of her players have been placed on the all-conference list and Genny Pezzola ’12 was an AVCA All-Region selection. The 2012 season marked the first time two Garnet players - Allie Coleman '13 and Kat Montemurro '13 - were All-Centennial First Team selections.
The student-athletes at a demanding academic setting have responded, earning the AVCA Team Academic Award (team grade point average is above 3.3) nine times while accumulating 35 academic all-conference selections, five CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, and two Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year awards.
Chwastyk is the current chair of the Centennial Conference volleyball coaches’ committee and represents the 11-member Division III conference in several aspects: ECAC championship selection committee, an AVCA national poll voter, and most recently chaired the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III All-America Awards committee.
At Swarthmore, one of the top private liberal arts colleges in the country, Chwastyk is an active participant in the College community. She is the coordinator of the Physical Education program within the Athletics Department and, as an instructor, introduced to the student body Pilates and Orienteering classes. Her committee work on campus is extensive, serving on the steering committee in the Physical Education & Athletics’ department review, the Swarthmore Foundation, Garnet Hall of Fame Nominating Committee and the Physical Education & Athletics Advisory Committee.
Prior to Swarthmore, Coach Chwastyk was an assistant at Smith (Mass.) College from 2000-02 for two years while she completed a Master of Science degree in exercise and sport studies. Her head coaching resume includes stints with the men’s club program at Swarthmore, the Liberty Belles Volleyball Club 17-under team and the boys’ junior varsity program at Conard (Conn.) High School. Her summer technician docket sees Chwastyk as camp director of the Chwastyk Volleyball Camps at Swarthmore (http://www.chwastykvolleyballcamps.com) and the Cape Cod Volleyball Camp run by legendary Barnstable (Mass.) High School two-time national coach of the year Tom Turco.
Chwastyk’s collegiate playing career saw her serve as the two-year captain of the Trinity (Conn.) College volleyball team, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 2000. An All-NESCAC performer in 1999, Chwastyk still holds three blocking records at Trinity. A two-sport athlete, Chwastyk was a forward on the Bantams’ women’s basketball team that captured the ECAC New England Championship in 2000. Over the years, Chwastyk also captained the Adirondack team in the Empire State Games and made the adult club circuit with various USA Volleyball teams.
An ardent believer in community and service, Chwastyk’s most recent endeavor is serving as co-director of the Snell-Shillingford Coaching Symposium (http://www.centennial.org/Symposium/about), an opportunity for undergraduate female student-athletes to explore career and leadership opportunities in athletics. After serving as a participant and a coach in the Cathy D’Apice Memorial Volleyball tournament in an effort to aid breast cancer research, Chwastyk started a similar effort within the Centennial Conference in 2006 with the Dig for a Cure service project. To date, the now-conference wide effort has raised over $50,000.
Chwastyk resides in nearby Rutledge, Pa. with her husband, David, and their son, Logan (5), and daughter, Calleigh (2).
Camp Staff / Assistant Coach
Cecily Scavicchio is a 2012 graduate of Neumann University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education and is beginning her second season with the Garnet volleyball program.
Scavicchio, a Garnet Valley High School graduate (2008), was the four-year starting setter and three-year captain at Neumann where she was honored with Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) academic and volleyball honors every year. In 2012, she led her volleyball team to a CSAC Championship and the NCAA tournament. She was also a member of the Neumann women’s basketball team, winning back-to-back CSAC Championships and two consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament in 2010 and 2011.
Prior to joining the Garnet staff, Scavicchio has coached with Mystique Volleyball Club for five years and will be continuing her sixth season this upcoming spring. Her camp and clinic experience includes coaching at the Garnet Volleyball Camps, Neumann University Volleyball Camps, and youth programs with Mystique Volleyball Club.
She currently teaches fourth grade at Hilltop Elementary School in the Chichester School District and resides in Garnet Valley, Pa.
Camp Staff / Assistant Coach
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