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August 2, 2013

NU adds Hejmowski to women's hoops staff

Niagara Gazette — Kyle Hejmowski has been hired as the newest member of the women's basketball coaching staff at Niagara University, the school's athletics department announced Thursday.

A Western New York native, Hejmowski joins Niagara from Robert Morris University, where he served on that school's women's hoops staff for the past five years, during which the Colonials appeared in two postseason tournaments, the Women's National Invitation Tournament in 2010 and the Women's Basketball Invitational in 2012.

Among Hejmowski's duties at Robert Morris was implementing scouting tools as part of the team's game planning, assisting with international recruitment efforts, preparing advance scouting reports and on-court skill instruction.

“We are elated to add Kyle to our staff,” head coach Kendra Faustin said in remarks released by Niagara. “He brings unique recruiting experiences and knowledge along with a tremendous work ethic."

Hejmowski is a 2003 graduate of Niagara's biggest rival, Canisius College, where he played on the tennis team and served for three years as team manager for the men's basketball team. Though he was a Golden Griffin then, he expressed in a statement released by Niagara that he's looking forward to switching allegiances.

"It is extremely exciting to be a part of Coach Faustin's staff here at Niagara,” Hejmowski said. “This is a great opportunity to be back home in Western NY and help continue the tradition of outstanding basketball at NU. After much success at Robert Morris for the last five years under head coach Sal Buscaglia, I look forward to this new challenge and being part of a mid-major program that is on the rise. It is an honor to be a part of the Purple Eagle family."

He has also served in the men's game as an assistant coach with Clarkson University and at D'Youville College in Buffalo. During his single season at Clarkson, the Golden Knights advanced to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Hejmowski has also worked as an instructor at several boys and girls basketball camps hosted by colleges including Canisius, Medaille, Hilbert, Clarkson and the University of Michigan.

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