Wauwatosa West High School has hired Don Desotell as its girls softball coach.

Desotell replaces Nick Heiting, who stepped down after spending two seasons in charge of the Trojans' softball program.

“We are very fortunate to have Don Desotell as our softball coach," Wauwatosa West athletic director Jeff Gabrielsen said. "Don is well prepared for this position and is eager to start building a rich tradition of softball at Wauwatosa West.”

Desotell comes to Wauwatosa West from Oak Creek High School, where he went 71-12 as the school's junior varsity softball coach.

Prior to coaching at Oak Creek, Desotell led the Milwaukee Competitors club softball team for eight years and the Milwaukee Angels club softball team for two years. He also coached for 10 years in the South Milwaukee Little League.

Desotell has spent the past 21 years as a detective with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's office.

"(My philosophy) is to teach the game of competitive softball while also instilling good moral and ethical behavior to the girls while watching them grow into respectful young ladies within the community they reside in,” Desotell said.

Wauwatosa West went 14-37 and 8-23 in the Woodland Conference under Heiting, including a 6-21 overall mark in 2016.