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Wauwatosa West has hired Gordon Nikolic as its girls basketball coach.

Nikolic replaces Ashley Imperiale, who resigned in late July to pursue an administrative position within the Wauwatosa School District.

“I am thrilled to take over the Tosa West girls basketball program," Nikolic said. "We will bring an exciting style of basketball, team togetherness and a passion for getting better. I am thankful for this opportunity and am ready to get to work on the basketball court."

This will be Nikolic's fourth head coaching job, as he previously led the girls basketball programs at Cudahy and Burlington and spent one season as the boys basketball coach at Westosha Central.

Nikolic was the head girls basketball coach at Cudahy from 1999-2010. He has the most wins in program history with 146. Nikolic led the Packers to nine straight winning seasons from 2001-2010 and won regional championships in 2008 and 2009.

He went 17-52 as the head girls basketball coach at Burlington from 2010-2013 and 11-14 in his lone season (2014-15) as the boys coach at Westosha Central.

“Coach Nikolic brings a wealth of experience to the position, instant credibility and a passion for the game of basketball," Wauwatosa West athletic director Jeff Gabrielsen said. "His years of experience at the varsity level and ability to promote the program within our community creates an optimistic outlook for our girls basketball program.”

Nikolic attended Cudahy High School and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is currently a social studies teacher at Burlington High School.

Wauwatosa West went 33-64 in Imperiale's four years at the helm. The Trojans went 4-20 last season and finished last in the Woodland West at 3-13. After defeating Milwaukee North, 70-29, in its playoff opener, Wauwatosa West fell 46-25 to rival Wauwatosa East in a regional.

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