Gosciniak took over for the second time as the
head coach of the Polish national menís team in
November 2003 after Waldemar Wspanialy decided
to resign after Polandís fifth-place finish at
the European Championship in Germany.
Gosciniak, who was Wspanialyís assistant from
2001-2003, first coached Poland in 1986-1987 for
which he has the illustrious honour of seeing
the White and Reds fail to qualify to the
European Championships Finals for the first
The former setter was one of the best in the
game collecting 218 caps for Poland between 1965
and 1974. In 1967 he was among the pioneer
medalists for Poland as the national side
reached the podium for the first time, a bronze
medal at the European Championships in Turkey.
In 1968 and 1972 he took part in the Olympic
tournaments in Mexico and Munich respectively
before reaching the highlight of his and
Polandís career, helping the team win gold at
the 1974 World Championship in Mexico with an
Gosciniak spent most of his coaching career,
which began in 1975, in the city of Czestochowa.
He has collected four Polish Championship
winnerís medals with AZS (also known as Yawal,
Galaxia or, more recently, Pamapol).