The 2016-17 season was a historic one for Amherst women's basketball head coach G.P. Gromacki who is in his 11th at the helm of the program. Gromacki led his squad to a second straight NESCAC Championship title, the top overall seed in the NCAA Division III Championship tournament, a seventh Final Four, and clinched the program's second national title. More impressive, under Gromacki's guidance, the Purple & White secured their national crown with an unblemished, 33-0 record that culminated in a 52-29 victory over conference rival Tufts - the first time in NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball history that two conference teams met for the championship, and the fewest points allowed in a championship across all three divisions and both genders.
With a career record of 458-62, his .880 winning percentage is the second highest among all active coaches across Divisions I, II and III, with only Geno Auriemma of UConn posting a better mark (.882). Gromacki also ranks second all-time in that category, trailing only Auriemma. Since joining Amherst, Gromacki is an incredible 295-24 (.924).
Gromacki's 2007-08 debut season featured a 27-3 record and brought Amherst its first-ever NESCAC title and NCAA Championship appearance, but those results have become the norm with any team he coaches. He led the Purple & White to five consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances from 2009-13, notably winning the program's first national title in 2011 with a second consecutive 32-1 record. Under Gromacki's guidance, Amherst has reached the NCAA Tournament in each of his nine seasons, while reaching at least the Sweet 16 every year to post a 33-11 overall postseason record.
Gromacki was named the D3hoops.com Northeast Coach of the Year in each of his first four seasons with Amherst before earning that distinction again following the 2016-17 season. He also earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2017. The WBCA National Coach of the Year in 2009-10, he also played an integral role in the development of the program's first-ever State Farm/WBCA NCAA Division III Players of the Year, Jaci Daigneault ’11 and Caroline Stedman '12. This past season, Gromacki was once again honored as the WBCA Coach of the Year, and cultivated the growth of Amherst's third WBCA Player of the Year, Ali Doswell '17.
Amherst has claimed seven of the last 10 NESCAC titles and also set a league record by winning 41 consecutive conference games from 2009-13. On November 23, 2014, Amherst set a NCAA women's basketball record with its 100th consecutive home win, surpassing UConn's mark of 99. The Purple & White extended that stretch to as many as 21 games before suffering its first loss at LeFrak Gymnasium since the 2009 season. The only program in the history of NCAA men's and women's basketball with a longer streak is Kentucky, who won 129 straight from 1943-to-1955.
Prior to Amherst, Gromacki led St. Lawrence to six consecutive 20-win seasons (143-30) and an appearance in the 2002 NCAA title game. After a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Division I Temple University, he led Hamilton College to a 20-8 record during the 2006-07 season.
Gromacki and his wife, Miki, live in Amherst with their son, Derek, and daughter, Katie.
G.P. Gromacki's Career Coaching Record (458-62 Overall)
Saint Lawrence University (6 seasons, 143-30)
Hamilton College (1 season, 20-8)
Amherst College (11th season, 295-24)