Tommy Twardecki enters his fourth season with the Cardinals after joining the coaching staff in January 2018. The 2020-21 season will be his second as the program's full-time assistant coach. 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 nine years here.
The Cardinals are coming off a 16-win season in 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.