For the second time in three weeks, Wauwatosa West has lost a basketball coach.
Veteran girls basketball coach Mike Pietrowiak was told last week that he would not have his contract renewed by Principal Frank Calarco and Athletic Director Nathan DeLany, who didn’t return emails on the firing.
Pietrowiak got the standard ‘we want to go in a different direction’ reason for not having his contract renewed.
“I was told the parents were upset and they didn’t think I could repair the fences and win the parents over,” he said. “They felt I was too negative.”
Pietrowiak, who teaches Technical Education at Tosa West, as been a head coach for 26 years, 19 at Tosa West.
The Trojans won the regional championship this year for the first time since 2000, but they finished tied for fourth in the six-team Woodland Conference Black Division with a 4-13 record.
Tosa West, which didn’t have a senior on this year’s team, had an overall record of 8-17. The year before the Trojans were 17-7 with a 12-5 conference record good enough for second place.
Pietrowiak has a .500 overall record (198-198) in 19 years as the Trojans head coach and he is 310-237 in his 25 years of coaching. His teams won two conference championships (2003, 2004).
He has taken his team to the sectional three times, losing in the finals in 1995 (Greendale) and losing in the semi-finals twice: in 2000 (Waterford) and 2011 (Whitefish Bay).
Pietrowiak also was honored twice as the CNI Coach of the Year (2000, 2002) and he was a WBCA All-Star Coach in 1998 (assistant) and 2006 (head coach).
“We’ve accomplished a lot in the 19 years,” he said. “We did as much as we could with what we had. We taught them more than just basketball. It’s disappointing that it (non-renewal) occurs at this time.
“We have everyone coming back, so they should be pretty successful next year. The new coach will be set up pretty nice.
“I love the kids; the kids were great, I have very few issues with the kids,” Pietrowiak said. “Maybe we didn’t win as much, but prior to this year I didn’t have too much problems with the parents. I’ve had a good run.”
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