Wauwatosa West did not have to look far to find its next varsity boys volleyball coach.
The Trojans tabbed junior varsity coach and former player Jordan Kirchner to replace Kyle Sikora, who recently stepped down after 16 seasons in the Tosa West boys volleyball program, including the past nine as varsity head coach.
“I am so excited to give coach Kirchner an opportunity to lead our boys volleyball program at Tosa West," Tosa West athletic director Jeff Gabrielsen said. "Jordan played for Tosa West and has been coaching on the JV level for years. Coach Kirchner is a Tosa West Trojan through and through.
"I, along with exiting coach Kyle Sikora, have all the confidence in the world that Jordan will successfully make the transition to head coach and continue the proud tradition of Tosa West boys volleyball.”
Kirchner was a member of Tosa West's state runner-up team in 2005, helping the Trojans to a 23-3 regular-season record and wins over Catholic Memorial and Racine Case at state before falling to Marquette in the championship match. He received honorable mention All-State honors at setter as a junior and senior in 2005 and 2006.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have accepted the head coaching position for boys varsity volleyball at Wauwatosa West," Kirchner said. "The program has shown impressive growth under Kyle Sikora and Jeff Gabrielsen. I plan to continue expanding the solid foundation that has already been established."
Tosa West earned a share of the Woodland Conference regular-season title in 2016 and advanced to the sectional final where it fell to rival Tosa East in five sets. The Trojans will graduate five of six All-Woodland players with sophomore Zach Schumacher as the lone all-conference returnee.
Next season will be a year of transition in a different way for the Trojans, as it will debut in the new-look Greater Metro Conference, which will now include Marquette, Brookfield East, Brookfield Central, Tosa East, Tosa West, Germantown, West Allis Hale and Sussex Hamilton in boys volleyball.
"Joining the Greater Metro Conference is an exciting challenge that I’m looking forward to facing," Kirchner said. "I know that our athletes will continue to demonstrate leadership, hard work and will band together to find success in the face of new obstacles."