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Amsterdam native Cisek JuCo coach of the year

Amsterdam native Cisek JuCo coach of the year

Led Brookdale to 34-0 record
Amsterdam native Cisek JuCo coach of the year
Amsterdam native Paul Cisek (back row, center) was named the top junior college coach in the nation.
Photographer: BROOKDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Amsterdam native Paul Cisek continues to garner awards after leading Brookdale Community College in New Jersey to an undefeated season and its second national basketball championship in six years.

Cisek Friday was named the Spalding NJCAA Division III Men's Basketball Coach of the Year after leading his Jersey Blues to a 34-0 mark and NJCAA Division III national title. His 2012-13 team went 33-1 and won the school's first national DIII championship.

Earlier in the week, the 57-year-old Amsterdam High School and Oswego State graduate was selected the HoopDirt.com Junior College Coach of the Year.

Cisek picked up his 500th win at Brookdale in December; he sports a 525-235 record in his 26 seasons there.

"It was a great year," Cisek said. "Winning 500 was a nice thing. I didn't think I'd be here that long. And then to go 34-0 and win the second national title, that was a nice accomplishment."

Brookdale defeated Nassau Community College 70-57 to complete its perfect season. Brookdale won 29 games by double digits, and averaged 95.9 points per game, good for fifth-best in the country.

"We were a well-oiled machine," said Cisek, the brother-in-law of former Siena College coach Mike Deane. "We played hard man-to-man and we liked to run, but we were also very good in the half court."

Brookdale, located in Lincroft, captured its ninth Garden State Athletic Conference title, and its fifth Region XIX title under Cisek.

"When you've got a good team, the accolades come after," Cisek said.

Cisek was the head coach at Paul Smith's Junior College from 1984-87, and compiled a 62-24 record. He was named the Mid-East Region III Coach of the Year following the 1986-87 season. Cisek also served as an assistant coach at Oswego, Potsdam, Monmouth and Wagner.

"I've taken my style from a lot of guys," Cisek said. "Some from Mike [Deane]."

Cisek's first Brookdale team went 8-18. Since then, he's had 14 seasons with 20 wins or more. He is the longest tenured coach in Region XIX, which consists of 32 colleges.

Cisek said when he joined the Brookdale staff he was the college's fourth men's basketball coach to be hired in seven years.

"In my interview when I was first hired, I remember Bob Walsack [the athletic director at the time] telling me he needs me to stick around for at least three years," Cisek said. "He was tired of hiring a new coach every year."

Cisek's 500th win with the Jersey Blues came on Dec. 7 when they beat Atlantic Cape Community College 107-71.

Cisek played football, basketball and baseball at Amsterdam, graduating in 1979.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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