Wauwatosa East has named Pete Schwichtenberg as its varsity baseball coach.

Schwichtenberg served as the interim head coach of the Red Raiders for the vast majority of the 2016 season. He became co-head coach with Beau Schur when Brian Karas resigned due to personal reasons in early June.

"I am very happy to remain at East," Schwichtenberg said. "There is no place that I would rather be. I love being around these kids and look forward to seeing them continue to grow."

Schwichtenberg played at Wisconsin Lutheran High School and at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He coached at Marquette University High School and was the junior varsity coach at Kettle Moraine High School before joining Karas' staff at Wauwatosa East in 2012.

"It was an extensive process of going through the applicants," Wauwatosa East Athletic Director Michelle Guyant-Holloway said. "Upon our interviews, myself and the committee just viewed that Pete had some good direction, good experience and the passion to really be able to sustain and move our program ahead."

Under Schwichtenberg, Wauwatosa East had its best season since 2006. The Red Raiders finished 16-16 and 9-9 in the Greater Metro and won their first playoff game since 2007.

The Red Raiders upset eventual state champion Menomonee Falls in the Greater Metro Conference tournament. Wauwatosa East then defeated rival Wauwatosa West in the regional semifinal before having its season ended by Waukesha North in a regional final.

"Last year the kids took a big step toward getting to where they want to be," Schwichtenberg said. "We have the pieces in place to continue to climb. We lost some leaders from our team last year, but with the talent we have coming back and the players coming in from lower levels, I am very excited about our future.

"Heading into the off-season, the kids are looking to get better in all parts of the game. We can't wait to get back out onto the field and compete."

Guyant-Holloway was certainly aware of what Schwichtenberg accomplished as interim coach, but she looked more into his baseball experience as a whole rather than simply focusing on last season when weighing him as a candidate.

"I tried to not use that as part of my thought process at the beginning," Guyant-Holloway said. "I wanted to give everyone who was an applicant a fair process. If I felt that he was going to be it (at the beginning), I wouldn't have gone through the whole process."