Wausau Daily Herald
05/02/2017 - Page B01
Weinkauf named West girls basketball coach
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WAUSAU – When Tom Weinkauf retired as the Newman Catholic’s girls basketball coach three years ago, but he never really left the game.
He was an assistant for the Wausau West girls basketball team for the 201516 campaign, and served as an assistant for the Wausau East girls program this past season.
Now he is back in a role he feels the most comfortable in.
Weinkauf, who led the Marathon boys and Newman Catholic girls to a combined six WIAA state titles, was named the Wausau West girls basketball coach Monday. He replaces Jason Teske, who stepped down after three years with the Warriors.
"When I retired at Newman, I felt it was a long career and that would be the end," said Weinkauf, who has nearly three decades of experience as a basketball coach. "But that next season I kind of got the itch a little bit and realized (basketball) is still in my blood. When I saw (the West job) opened up I thought I would check it out and I liked what I saw."
Wausau West athletic director Pat Galligan said Weinkauf was one of three finalists that interviewed for the position.
"We are very excited because of Tom’s experience, his background and knowledge of the game," said Galligan, who coached the West girls for nine years before stepping down in 2014. "His record speaks for itself, there’s no! question about that. I had the pleasure and displeasure of c! oaching against him for many years, so I know how good of a coach he is."
Weinkauf is one of only two individuals in the state’s history to coach a boys and girls team to a state championship. The other is Jim Myers, who led the
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Barneveld boys team to the Division 5 title this year after having led the Barneveld girls to six state titles in his 30 years with the program previously.
Weinkauf led the Marathon boys to state titles in 1975, ‘76 and ’77, and the Newman Catholic girls in 2002, ’10 and ’11. Newman Catholic also reached the state championship game in 2005 and ’06. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997.
Weinkauf has a career record of 571-120, takes over a Wausau West girls team which finished tied with Marshfield for second place in the Wisconsin Valley Conference this year. Maddie Schires was a unanimous all-conference selection, and fellow sophomore Kadie Deaton earned honorable mention consideration.
West graduated just five seniors from a team which finished with a 14-8 record overall. Weinkauf said the West position interested him in part because it was the right opportunity at the right time.
"I like (the players’) attitude with the way the play," Weinkauf said. "Their up-tempo style fits in pretty well with a lot of the things that I like to do and the way that I like the game to be played. I like their basketball IQ and just feel their desire to play basketball is really high. It certainly met the ingredients that I like to see (in players) and this just seemed like a good fit."
Tim Johnson: 715-845-0731, or twjohnson@gannett .com; on Twitter @timmyjo11