Wolf brings championship experience to Germantown baseball
Nicolet veteran has Warhawks off to 4-3 start
Germantown - It's not like Jeff Wolf is the low man on the totem pole in his house, but let's just say that the veteran assistant coach is going to have a lot to prove as he takes over the Germantown baseball team this summer.
Wolf, who also has 10 years of head coaching at Horicon High School where he teaches, will not only have to take over for Parrish Wagner, who resigned at the end of last season after guiding the Warhawks to their first state tournament berth in 25 years, but will also have to try and match the honors that his wife, Corey, coach of the WIAA state Division 1 champion Nicolet girls basketball team, earned this past winter.
"Let's just say she's raised the bar pretty high in our household," Wolf said with a chuckle.
But Wolf is working hard to catch up with his accomplished wife. Area fans know him better as the long-time assistant for Germantown's North Shore rivals Nicolet, where he recently won a state assistant coach of the year award.
The two teams will meet at Germantown on June 27 and at Nicolet on July 12.
"It's been fun so far," said Wolf, who has led Germantown to a 4-3 record so far this season. "It feels good. I was able to leave Horicon (resign the head position) early because I wanted to commit everything to Germantown. It is going to be interesting because I did have 17-18 years at Nicolet, so I'm very familiar with their program.
"I learned a lot from Dick (Nicolet head coach Sykes) and we'll have similar philosophies. I know it'll work out well."
Wolf will be working with a youngish lineup that will have to do without all-world ace and Indiana recruit Tyler Thicke, who recovered from Tommy John surgery on his elbow and pitched the Warhawks to a critical victory over favored Menomonee Falls in the WIAA sectional final last season.
The key returnees off the 14-17 team of a year ago include junior pitcher Brian Keller, winner of the sectional semifinal game last season, junior catcher Danny Krause, senior first baseman Matt Eggert, senior co-captain Brand Seifert at shortstop, senior pitcher and outfielder Dylan Krivoshein and junior centerfielder Jimmy Doedens.
Other starters include junior co-captain Tom Andrus at third, sophomore Jordan Kuczynski at second, junior Louis Tuszynski in leftfield and sophomore Blake Fleischman in right field.
Keller will lead the pitching staff and will get help from Eggert, Krivoshein, Fleischmann, Andrus and Seifert.
"We have a good group of guys out there," said Wolf. "They made a great run at the end of last season. We lost a lot of seniors but they've worked really hard so far. They've had a few games under their belt and they're really getting accustomed to one another."
Wolf has been very pleased with the reception he has received from the community and notes that the support the high school gets from the Germantown Little League and other baseball programs in the area is excellent.
"They make it easy for us to work together," he said, "and that'll make it easier for us to achieve our goal of having the best baseball in the area from T-ball on up."
He will have good help on his staff as UW-Milwaukee and former NOW All-Suburban Players of the Year Doug Dekoning (Menomonee Falls) and Sam Sivilotti (Nicolet) will be among Wolf's assistants.
The Warhawks, who are also 2-2 in North Shore play, have three games this week including a home game against West Bend West on Thursday. On June 20, they visit Whitefish Bay. Both games are at 5:30 p.m.
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