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Football, basketball openings remain at Hale

Huskies also have three new spring coaches

April 12, 2010

Two high-profile coaching positions at West Allis Hale remain vacant.

The head football coach opening has gone unfilled since former coach Scott Otto resigned in November.

"The process is still going on, but I think it's coming to an end soon," Hale athletic director Steve Seston said.

After leaving Hale, Otto became the Greenfield School District's facilities coordinator in January and was hired as the high school's football coach in February.

In addition, Seston is in the process of accepting applications for the head boys basketball opening, which was created when former coach Scott Pritzl was relieved of his coaching duties shortly following the 2009-10 season.

This past winter was the Huskies' second consecutive campaign without a victory, and the new coach, whomever that may be, will inherit a team on a 45-game losing streak.

In other coaching news, three Hale coaches are making their debuts this spring. Brent Behnke is the new head girls soccer coach, Jim Brennan is the boys track and field coach and Kay Nichols has taken over the softball program.

The Hale trio is part of a large contingent of new spring coaches in the area:

Greenfield: Former South Milwaukee soccer star Martin Castro is the new girls soccer coach. Castro played for the Rockets from 2000-2003. He was a first-team Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association first-team all-state selection as a junior and a second-team pick as a senior. He was a three-time first-team all-Southeast Conference selection and the league's player of the year in 2003 before going on to have a four-year career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Also, Stephanie Galstad is in her first year as head coach of the girls track program.

Whitnall: The softball program has three new coaches - co-head coaches Katie Uhen and Gary Caliva and assistant Anna Niezanski. Caliva last coached at Burlington Catholic Central for 12 years. Uhen was a Catholic Central standout shortstop from 2001-04. Her team won the WIAA Division 4 state title in 2004.

Nieznanski is a former Falcons star outfielder (1999-2002) who played Division I college ball at the UW-Green Bay from 2002-06.

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with this particular group of girls," Nieznanski said. "They have a lot of potential and I'm not sure they realize it yet. The girls have had to go through four different coaches in four years so again, they are learning another coach's drills, ideas and expectations. Our goal is for these girls to get to know us as we get to know them and realize that we are here because we have a passion for the game. As the season progresses, I hope we build that relationship with the girls and also build a successful softball team as well as successful program."

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