Tommy Twardecki joined the Cardinals in January 2018. His responsibilities include recruiting, fundraising, player development, academics, travel, compliance, community service, and miscellaneous daily operations. He is in charge of high school team camps, where the Cardinals were host to 103 teams over two team camps this past June, the most they have ever had during Coach Baruth's ten years here.
Coach Twardecki helped the Cardinals go 19-11 overall and 12-8 in GLIAC play in 2021-22. The Cardinals defeated Grand Valley State University three times during the season and advanced to the semifinals of the GLIAC Tournament before falling to tournament champion Davenport. Delano Smith earned First Team All-GLIAC honors, while Tyler Witz and Darnell Hoskins Jr. earned Second Team All-GLIAC honors. Hoskins Jr. also earned GLIAC All-Tournament team honors as well.
In 2020-21, Twardecki helped lead the Cardinals to the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals. He helped Myles Belyeu earn Second Team All-GLIAC honors, as well as coaching Delano Smith to Second Team All-GLIAC. Belyeu was also named to the GLIAC All-Tournament team.
The Cardinals finished with a record of 16-13 overall and 10-10 in the GLIAC during the 2019-20 campaign, advancing to the GLIAC Tournament. Sophomore guard Myles Belyeu garnered All-GLIAC First Team honors while junior guard Malik Ellison was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team. Belyeu was named to the D2CCA All-Midwest Region Second Team and NABC All-District Second Team as well.
Twardecki came to Saginaw Valley following a short stint as an Assistant Coach at Henry Ford Community College. He was a part of a new staff that helped turnaround a 9-22 team to an 8-3 record during his time there, and the Hawks would go on to finish 22-6 and MCCAA Eastern Conference Champions. He was heavily involved in scouting and game prep, recruiting, and practice planning.
Twardecki entered the college coaching ranks as an Assistant Coach at Mott Community College for the 2016-17 season. He assisted the Bears to a 24-7 overall record and worked with Diandre Wilson, who was a 1st Team NJCAA All-American. He implemented film review and scouting reports to the Mott program, while assisting in recruiting and player development.
He has gained great experience working summer basketball camps over the past few years at schools such as Michigan State, Butler, Loyola-Chicago, Oakland, and Central Michigan.
Tommy served as a Graduate Assistant at Grand Ledge High School while earning his Master's Degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University in 2016. While at Grand Ledge, he was given responsibilities of recording game day stats, film breakdown, scouting, and practice planning. The Comets finished the season 16-7 and 10-4 in conference. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2014.