Wauwatosa West's boys soccer team will have a new coach in its debut season in the Greater Metro Conference, as the Trojans have hired Waterford boys and girls soccer coach Rob Blascoe as its new leader.
Blascoe has been the boys soccer coach at Waterford High School since 2004 and has also been in charge of the Wolverine girls program since 2006. He replaces Ryan Bailey, who stepped down after seven seasons. Bailey will continue to coach the varsity girls team at Tosa West.
“We are very fortunate to have Rob Blascoe as our new boys soccer coach," Tosa West athletic director Jeff Gabrielsen said. "Rob has been coaching soccer at the high school level for over 13 years and has 12 years of head coaching experience.
"He will be a great role model for our athletes and has proven his knowledge of the game by his very successful background. I look forward to Rob leading our boys soccer program to new levels of accomplishment both on and off the field.”
Under Blascoe's direction, Waterford's girls soccer team made the sectional final in 2015.
Bailey accumulated a 78-52-14 overall record and a 55-14-6 mark in Woodland Conference play in his seven seasons as head coach. Tosa West won the Woodland Conference championship in 2015. The Trojans finished 12-7-3 and 8-1-2 in the Woodland Conference in 2016, winning their first regional championship since 2007.
Tosa West will face the challenge of moving to the Greater Metro in 2017, joining a conference with Marquette, Brookfield East, Brookfield Central, Wauwatosa East, Sussex Hamilton, Germantown, Menomonee Falls and West Allis Hale.
“New challenges are something that should be sought out," Blascoe said. "They help you continue to grow as an individual or a team, so just like the new challenge that faces boys soccer at Wauwatosa West by joining the Greater Metro conference, I too am looking forward to the new challenge of becoming the new head coach. I’m excited to see the team develop as a leader in our conference in focus, effort and integrity.
"Having seen some game footage and knowing the quality of players that are in the program, I am anticipating a season that will show us competitive in matches — one that the boys find satisfying and the community finds pride in."