Joe Pechota enters his eighth year as the Siena Heights men’s basketball coach. Since his arrival at SHU, he has accumulated an overall record of 87-123 and a WHAC mark of 40-91. The Saints saw their most successful season under Pechota last year when the team finished 17-13 overall and 12-8 in conference play to earn fourth in the WHAC standings, the highest finish since 2010.
In his eight-year tenure with SHU, he has coached He also coached Keith Jordan Jr. to an NAIA All-America Honorable Mention selection and four All-WHAC selections, one WHAC All-Defensive, and two Academic All-WHAC honorees.
Pechota came to the Saints after seven seasons as the head coach for Brescia University, an NAIA Division II team in Owensboro, Ky.
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.
He graduated from Concordia in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and earned a Master’s degree in Sport Administration from Central Michigan in 2001.
Pechota has a wife, Angelina, and two daughters, Emma (18) and Claire (3).