As long as he could remember, David Wieczorek has been playing volleyball.
Wieczorek and his father, Al Wieczorek, regularly play pepper, a simple drill of passing the ball back and forth between partners. Al Wieczorek started playing volleyball when he was a teenager. When he became a young father, he joined an adult club team called Chicago Coast. Eventually, David Wieczorek tagged along.
David Wieczorek played pepper with other members of Chicago Coast and even joined their hitting line before matches, sometimes wearing a No. 101 jersey as the team’s ball boy. When Chicago Coast won a national championship in 2009, eighth-grader David Wieczorek joined the team picture standing next to his dad.
David Wieczorek’s experience with his dad helped him develop a passion for the game and become one of the state’s top players. David Wieczorek, a 6-foot-7 senior outside hitter, is the Pioneer Press Boys Volleyball Player of the Year after leading Loyola to the sectional finals this season.Pioneer Press Volleyball Team