Mike LoPresti 15-16
enters hisÂ 13th season as the Fairleigh Dickinson University
Women's Bowling Head Coach.
currently holds a career record of 1,109-337, with a .767 win percentage and two NCAA National Championships (2006, 2010) under his
is the NCAA's all-time leader in victories and is the only person to ever win national championships at two different schools (FDU and William Paterson).
On Feb. 1, 2014, LoPresti became the first coach in NCAA women's bowling history to achieve 1,000 career victories, after the Knights claimed the ECAC Championship.
is the first and only coach in program history as the University added the sport as the 18th intercollegiate varsity program during the 2002-03 school year.
LoPrestiâ€™s arrival made an immediate impact asÂ the Knightsâ€™ varsity program began with just five freshmen.Â In the squadâ€™s first year, he took his youthful squad to a No. 17 national ranking,Â qualified for the United States Bowling Congress (the National Governing Body of bowling) post season Sectional tournamentÂ and narrowly missed advancing to the USBC National Championship tournament.Â Â Â Â Â
The following season, the Knights won their first-ever Eastern Intercollegiate Bowling Conference (EIBC) Championship crown and finished ranked fourth in the country.Â LoPresti
was rewarded by being voted EIBC Coach of the Year.Â
In 2004-2005 LoPresti led the Knights to the schoolâ€™s second-consecutive EIBC crown and second-straight NCAA Championship appearance.Â LoPresti coupled FDUâ€™s hardware with his
second EIBC Coach of the Year award in as many years.Â Â Â Â
In 2005-06, after the Knights brought home the National Championship trophy, LoPresti was named NTCA Division I Coach of the Year for his success in guiding the team to a 4-1 win over Alabama A&M in Houston, TX to win the NCAA championship.Â Â
The Knights once again brought home the NCAA championship trophy in the 2009-10 season.Â LoPresti led FDU
over the defending champions, Nebraska.
During the 2010-11 season, LoPresti
guided the Knights to their second NEC championship in three seasons.
also led the team to the Final Four at the NCAA National Championship Tournament for the seventh time in eight seasons.
After leading the team to an 111-21 record, LoPresti
was selected as the NEC
Coach of the year and NTCA Division I Coach of the Year.
In 2014-15, LoPresti
and the Knights won seven tournament titles includingÂ the; NJ Jamboree, NEC Tournament and ECAC Championship.
led Fairleigh Dickinson
to a seventh straight NCAA Tournament.
The 94 wins are the most for the program since they won 113 in 2012--when they were national runners-up.
play the Knights went 17-4, including 3-1 in the postseason on their way to the tournament title.Â
LoPresti, who has seen three perfect games at FDU, brought a strong coaching background withthree decades of professional and volunteer experience at all levels to the Knightâ€™s program.Â The veteran coach began hisÂ career at William Paterson University, where he initiated the menâ€™s bowling program in 1983 and the womenâ€™s program in 1986.Â He led the Pioneers until the spring of 1992, guiding his teams to a combined eight conference titles, six Northeast sectional crowns, seven national tournament berths and over 70 team titles.
In 1992 he
coached the menâ€™s team to a National Collegiate Bowling Championship.Â Â Â Â
tenure at William Paterson, LoPresti
coached eight National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association All-Americans
and three Collegiate Bowlers of the Year.
was responsible for putting together the Eastern Singles Classic for six seasons and the Metro Collegiate Championships for 10 years, while also directing the EIBC for seven seasons.Â Â Â Â
LoPresti continued to stay involved in bowling, at Northern Valley Regional High School, where he served as head coach for both the girls and boyâ€™s varsity and junior varsity squads.Â During that time he guided the girls varsity team to a remarkable 110-10 (.917 winning percentage) record and captured two of the last three NBIL Division I titles while coaching several All-NBIL and All-Bergen performers.Â Â Â Â
LoPresti was a member of the varsity bowling team at William Paterson, where he captained the first official squad to an EIBC Championship.Â He was named All-Conference after maintaining the third-highest conference average.Â Â
coaching expertise reaches beyond the bowling alleys and onto the baseball diamond.
After a two-year varsity career with the Pioneers in which he pitched in the 1982 NCAA Division III World Series and was named All-State, he served as assistant baseball coach at his alma mater from 1985-87.
LoPresti turned around the Bergen Community College baseball program as head coach from 1993-95 and has also served as assistant baseball coach at Northern Valley Regional High School from 1999-2011.Â Â
LoPresti, a social studies teacher at Fort Lee High School, earned his bachelorâ€™s degree in Sociology from William Paterson in 1997.
wife, Nancy, a history teacher at Midland Park High School
, currently reside in Wycoff, N.J.