Youngstown – Michael Wernicki, who has served 11 seasons as an assistant coach on the Youngstown State men's basketball staff, has been named Associate Head Coach, YSU Head Coach Jerry Slocum announced.
Wernicki, who will be entering his 12th season at Youngstown State in 2016-17, serves as the program's recruiting coordinator and is responsible for opponent scouting, on-court coaching and helps oversee the academic progress of the Penguins' student-athletes.
"Mike has been a valued and loyal assistant coach to me for 11 years, and he has worked diligently during his time here," Slocum said. "He has a tremendous knowledge of the game and is a great teacher of the game. He loves YSU and is a person that I have the utmost trust in."
Since his arrival at YSU, the Penguins have had six first- or second-team all-league selections, a defensive player of the year and six all-newcomer/all-freshman team honorees.
In 2015-16, Wernicki, who works with the Penguins guards, mentored sophomore Cameron Morse who averaged 20.3 points per game and was named All-Horizon League Second-Team. Morse led the Horizon League with 23.3 points per game in league games and became just the seventh player in school history to score at least 600 points in a season with 608.
In 2013-14, Wernicki was instrumental in helping the Penguins to 15 victories, which marked the first time since the mid-1980's the program won at least 15 games in three straight seasons.
Wernicki also helped develop Kendrick Perry into one of the program's and Horizon League's best players of all-time.
Perry delivered one the of the most sensational individual seasons in program history. He became the first Youngstown State player to earn All-Horizon League First-Team honors in three straight seasons, and led the league in scoring in two of his final three seasons.
A Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Second-Team honoree, Perry scored 682 points in 2013-14 and became the program's Division I leading scorer with 1,991 career points. He also set the YSU and Horizon League career steals records with 246.