When it comes to building the Wauwatosa West girls softball team into a consistent winner, Don Desotell is taking a big-picture view.
Desotell, who spent the past four seasons as the junior varsity coach at Oak Creek, takes over a program that has gone 22-67 and through two coaches since last reaching double-digit wins in 2012.
"We are trying very hard to rebuild the Tosa West softball program and the 2017 season is just the start," Desotell said.
Desotell replaces Nick Heiting, who stepped down after going 14-37 over two seasons as head coach at Tosa West.
Prior to joining Oak Creek as JV coach, Desotell coached the Milwaukee Competitors club softball team and the Milwaukee Angels club softball team and has 10 years of experience coaching in the South Milwaukee Little League. He has spent the past 21 years as a detective with the Milwaukee County Sherriff's office.
Tosa West return's 10 letterwinners from last year's team that finished 6-21 overall and 4-12 in the Woodland West, including honorable mention All-Conference infielders Margaret Radske and Melissa Biefeld.
Olivia Greener joins Biefeld as the two seniors on the roster, while Radske is joined in the junior class by McKenzie Brophey, Emma Elliott, Courtney Smith and Erin Kirby. Sophomores on the team are Adie Davies, Olivia Bosetti and Kaitlyn Nimmer.
Desotell also feels he has four promising incoming freshmen in Riley McAdams, Sydney Garcia, Sophie Stuppy and Jordan Scharf.
The Trojans return all their innings in the circle from a year ago, led by Davies (82 2/3 innings pitched) and Nimmer (26 innings).
"I expect our pitching staff to be much stronger this year with Davies and Nimmer leading the staff, along with the addition of freshmen pitchers McAdams, Garcia and Scharf," Desotell said. "I also expect strong showings offensively from our upperclassmen group of Biefeld, Radske, Elliott, Greener, Nimmer and Brophey.
"Defense was a concern last year, but I am cautiously optimisitic due to a strong showing at our open gyms this year."