Joe Pechota enters his sixth year as the Siena Heights men’s basketball coach in the 2017-18 season. In his first four seasons, Pechota has a 57-94 overall record and 39-71 slate in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Pechota came to the Saints after seven seasons as the head coach for Brescia University, an NAIA Division II team in Owensboro, Ky.
In his short tenure with SHU, he has coached two All-WHAC honorable mention and one Academic All-WHAC honoree.
Under Pechota’s watch, Brescia appeared in two consecutive Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference finals. While with the Bearcats, Pechota coached six NAIA All-America honorees and three NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Prior to coaching at Brescia, Pechota was at Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne where he graduated from assistant to associate head coach to interim head coach during his six seasons at IPFW. He was also an assistant at Ferris State for one season and at Alma for three seasons.
Pechota is no stranger to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference; he graduated from Concordia in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. In 2001, he earned a Master’s degree in Sport Administration from Central Michigan.
Pechota has a wife, Angelina, and two daughters, Emma (18) and Claire (3).