In my final article for our Waukesha North website, I look back on the 9 school years I have coached at Waukesha North, 5 years (2008-2012) as Head Boys Volleyball Coach, 2 years as Administrative Wrestling Coach (2015-2017), and 8 years as Head Boys Tennis Coach (2010-2017)…not to mention the number of years I worked as Game Manager for various sports including, but not limited to Boys Basketball.
Earlier this tennis season, I announced that this tennis season would be my last season at Waukesha North in all capacities. This decision was definitely not an easy one. How could it be? I was leaving a place that has become my home and people that have become like family. I knew though that the time was right and the decision had to put MY best interest ahead of everything else. I spent many hours, if not days, and probably weeks thinking back of all the memories and the hundreds of student athletes I coached as a Northstar Head Coach. I smiled and cried, and I will continue to everytime I think of another memory–every memory making me the person I am today.
This tennis season, I was able to coach a team that continued to make school history all season with a conference regular season runner-up finish, conference tournament runner-up finish, Subsectional (Regional) Championship, and Sectional runner-up finish…add to that a 1st place tournament finish (out of 16 teams) and 2nd place finish in another tournament (just behind perennial power house Whitefish Bay.) The season ended with two of our doubles teams advancing to the State Tournament. Today, 20 seniors from our tennis program graduate…that number is unprecedented at North for Boys Tennis (and possibly many of our sports) and very likely around the state.
The athletic department has proven that our student athletes, led by an amazing Athletic Director, Mr. Brian Schlei (who is also an amazing person and friend), and the hard-working, energetic, and passionate coaching staff of all sports, are going to be able to compete with ANYONE. We will continue to see headlines marking the great moments of Northstar excellence because these people know how to fight and know what it takes to be great.
I want to end this article by saying THANK YOU to all the people that have supported me in my time at Waukesha North. THANK YOU to the administration for allowing me the great opportunity to coach. THANK YOU to the parents who have entrusted your children’s character education to me, and for sharing your children (as you know I call them mine, and that is an honor.) And lastly THANK YOU to my most recent team and all my alum, including my 20 seniors who will be graduates by the time you read this. You gave me everything that a coach ask for and even allowed me the great privilege to end my time at North by coaching at the state tournament. My hope is that someday I will be 1/2 the person that you all are today.
My final statement: GO NORTHSTARS!!!!
With Love, Coach Maske (2008-2017)