Joe Krupinski brings over 20 years of coaching experience to Midway University as he was hired in June 2016 at the program’s first-ever head coach that debuted in October 2016.
Krupinski comes to Midway after spending a season at St. Catharine College. His time at St. Catharine was cut short after the school announced that it was closing its doors in June 2016. In his one season at St. Catharine, the Patriots registered eight wins including an opening round victory in the Mid-South Conference Tournament and a regular season win over NAIA Fab Four participant Campbellsville University.
Prior to spending a season at St. Catharine, Krupinski served as an assistant for a season at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. In his one season at AIC, the Yellow Jackets won the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament for the first time in 20 years and earn the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II East Region of the national tournament. The Yellow Jackets advanced to the second round and finished the season at 24-7.
Before heading to American International College, Krupinski was the head coach for six seasons at Lyndon State College in Vermont. While at Lyndon State, he led the program during its transition to the NCAA and the Division III level.
In the 2010-11 season at Lyndon State, Krupinski was named the North Atlantic Conference Co-Coach of the Year after the Hornets finished the league campaign in a tie for second place and reached the NAC title game for the only time in school history. While at Lyndon State, Krupinski coached five players who garnered All-League recognition, including three first team selections, and recruited the 2011 conference Rookie of the Year, Phil Warrick.
Krupinski took over at Lyndon State after serving for seven seasons at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. His last three seasons at Saint Michael’s were spent as the top assistant While at SMC, Krupinski dealt with all facets of the Purple Knight program, including game and practice coaching, recruiting, scouting and academic monitoring of student-athletes.
Krupinski recruited three Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team members to SMC, including the 2002 NE-10 and New England “Rookie of the Year,” Mike Keating. The 2007-08 edition of the Knights won 16 games and reached the conference tournament quarterfinals before bowing out to NCAA Tournament participant St. Rose.
Prior to his time at Saint Michael’s College, Krupinski spent two years as the lead assistant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. The Red Hawks were one of the top teams in the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association each year, reaching the conference tournament final both seasons. Both teams also earned bids to the ECAC Upstate post-season tournament, reaching the semifinals in 2001 after upsetting top-seeded Cortland State. Krupinski was also responsible for recruiting two of the top seven all-time leading scorers in the history of the RPI program.
Krupinski began his coaching career at his alma mater, Springfield College. In his two seasons as an assistant, the Pride were one of the top Division III teams in New England, finishing the 1997-98 season 26-2 and ranked fifth in the country – both program records – earning the top seed in the NCAA Tournament Northeast Regional. Krupinski was instrumental in recruiting the core group that advanced to the NCAA Division III “Sweet Sixteen” in 2000 – a group which included the first two “Rookies-of-the-Year” in the newly-created New England Women’s and Men’s Athletics Conference (NEWMAC).
Prior to his time as an assistant, Krupinski served on the SC staff as a Student Assistant for four years, a period which included two Constitution Athletic Conference titles and two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
While at Springfield, the “Birthplace of Basketball”, the Worcester, Mass. native earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management in 1997 and went on to receive a master’s degree in Education in 1999.