Piotr Gruszka

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Piotr Gruszka
Piotr Gruszka - FIVB World Championship European Qualification Women Łódź January 2014.jpg
Personal information
Full name Piotr Łukasz Gruszka
Nickname Grucha
Nationality Polish
Born (1977-03-08) March 8, 1977 (age 40)
Oświęcim, Poland
Hometown Kęty, Poland
Height 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight 100 kg (220 lb)
Spike 354 cm (139 in)
Block 325 cm (128 in)
Coaching information
Current team GKS Katowice
Poland (2nd)
Previous teams coached
Years Teams
2014–2015
2016–
2017–
BBTS Bielsko-Biała
GKS Katowice
Poland (2nd)
Volleyball information
Position Opposite
Number 3
Career
Years Teams
1989–1993
1993–1995
1995–1999
1999–2000
2000–2002
2002–2003
2003–2004
2004–2005
2005–2006
2006–2008
2008–2009
2009–2010
2010–2011
2011–2012
2012–2013
Hejnał Kęty
BBTS Bielsko-Biała
AZS Częstochowa
Sempre Volley
Cagliari Volley
AdriaVolley Trieste
Tourcoing LM
KPS Skra Bełchatów
KS PZU AZS Olsztyn
PGE Skra Bełchatów
Arkas Izmir
Delecta Bydgoszcz
Halkbank Ankara
CMC Ravenna
Indykpol AZS Olsztyn
National team
1995–2011  Poland (450)
Last updated: 29 April 2016

Piotr Łukasz Gruszka (born 8 March 1977) is a former Polish volleyball player, a member of Poland men's national volleyball team in 1995–2011, a participant of the Olympic Games (Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008), European Champion 2009, silver medalist of the World Championship 2006, bronze medalist of the World League 2011 and the European Championship 2011, five-time Polish Champion (1995, 1997, 2005, 2007, 2008), head coach of GKS Katowice and coach assistant of Poland men's national volleyball team.

Personal life[edit]

Piotr Gruszka was born in Oświęcim, but raised in Kęty, Poland. He is married to Aleksandra (née Szettel). They have two children: daughter Maria Aleksandra (born August 26, 2005) and son named Julian (born March 1, 2010).

In 2014 he took part in 14th season of Polish version of Dancing with the Stars. His pro dancer was Nina Tyrka. They were eliminited as 8th copule and took 5th place.

Gruszka as a player of Polish national team on May 29, 2010.
On July 9, 2011 during the match Poland vs Russia (World League 2011) at Ergo Arena, Gdańsk.
Before the match Lotos Trefl Gdańsk - Indykpol AZS Olsztyn on November 23, 2012.
Before the match Lotos Trefl Gdańsk - Indykpol AZS Olsztyn on November 23, 2012.
With Grzegorz Łomacz before the match Lotos Trefl Gdańsk - Indykpol AZS Olsztyn on November 23, 2012.
As the Indykpol AZS Olsztyn player in match with Lotos Trefl Gdańsk on November 23, 2012.
As the Indykpol AZS Olsztyn player in match with Lotos Trefl Gdańsk on November 23, 2012.
As the Indykpol AZS Olsztyn player in match with Lotos Trefl Gdańsk on November 23, 2012.

Career[edit]

National team[edit]

Piotr Gruszka was member of the national Polish team that won silver medal of World Championship 2006. Gruszka won gold medal of European Championship 2009,[1] where he was Most Valuable Player. On September 14, 2009 he was awarded Knight's Cross of Polonia Restituta.[2] The Order was conferred on the following day by the Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk. He won with Polish team two bronze medals in 2011 at World League[3] and European Championship.[4]

Sporting achievements[edit]

Clubs[edit]

CEV Champions League[edit]

CEV Challenge Cup[edit]

National championships[edit]

National team[edit]

Individually[edit]

State awards[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paweł Zagumny
Poland captain
2004 – June 2009
Succeeded by
Michał Bąkiewicz
Preceded by
Michał Bąkiewicz
Poland captain
September 2009
Succeeded by
Michał Bąkiewicz
Preceded by
Michał Bąkiewicz
Poland captain
June 2010
Succeeded by
Paweł Zagumny
Preceded by
Paweł Zagumny
Poland captain
October 2010 – November 2011
Succeeded by
Marcin Możdżonek
Preceded by
France Philippe Blain
Coach assistant of Poland
2017–present
ex-aequo Oskar Kaczmarczyk
Succeeded by
TBA
Awards
Preceded by
Czech Republic Martin Lebl
Best Spiker of
CEV European Championship

2003
Succeeded by
Spain Israel Rodríguez
Preceded by
Russia Semyon Poltavskiy
Most Valuable Player of
CEV European Championship

2009
Succeeded by
Serbia Ivan Miljković