Head Coach G.P. Gromacki
The 2011-12 season will be GP Gromacki's fifth at the helm of the Amherst College women's basketball program. Arriving at Amherst with an .811 career winning percentage as a head coach, the Western Massachusetts native met all expectations in his first season by leading the Lord Jeffs to a 27-3 record, a first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and a first-ever NESCAC title. Gromacki wasted no time breaking the team's 2007-08 records, as the Lord Jeffs rattled off 18 straight wins en route to a 29-4 mark. Amherst hosted the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament and won those four games by an average of 24.8 points, defeating nationally ranked NYU and Brandeis to advance to the national semifinals. Amherst's run ended in Holland, MI, with a 65-49 loss to Washington University (St. Louis).
The 2009-10 season proved to be even more successful for Gromacki and the Lord Jeffs, who won their first 31 games, climbed to No. 1 in the national rankings, reclaimed their NESCAC title and once again advanced to the NCAA Tournament semifinals. Washington would once again play the villain, however, as the Jeffs fell to the Bears in overtime, 65-49. Amherst rebounded by winning the national consolation game the following day to finish with a 32-1 record.
Continuing to build on the team's recent run of success, Gromacki turned in the program's most memorable season to date in 2010-11, guiding the Lord Jeffs to their first-ever national championship. After securing its second-straight NESCAC title, Amherst hosted the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament, winning by an average of 29.5 points. A determined Jeffs squad then dispatched of Christopher Newport (69-59) to advance to the national championship game against a familiar foe. Facing Washington for the third time in as many postseasons, Amherst avenged its bitter losses from past two years, finally breaking through, downing the Bears 64-55 to secure its first national title.
Gromacki has been named the D3hoops.com Northeast Coach of the Year in each of his first four seasons with Amherst, also earning NESCAC Coach of the Year honors in 2008, 2010 and 2011. The WBCA National Coach of the Year in 2009-10, he also played an integral role in the development of the program's first-ever State Farm/WBCA NCAA Division III Player of the Year, Jaci Daigneault ’11.
Gromacki and his wife, Miki, live in Amherst with their son, Derek, and daughter, Katie.
G.P. Gromacki's Career Coaching Record (314-49 Overall)
Saint Lawrence University (6 seasons, 143-30)
Hamilton College (1 season, 20-8)
Amherst College (5th season, 151-11)