Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Sports

May 25, 2011

Wiktorowski new Wawasee AD

SYRACUSE — The new face in the Wawasee High School athletic department is one very familiar to area sports fans.

Former Fairfield High School boys basketball coach and Goshen College women’s basketball coach Steve Wiktorowski’s hiring as the Wawasee athletic director was approved at the Wawasee School Board meeting Tuesday night.

“It’s a good opportunity at a Northern Lakes Conference school with a reputation for having competitive teams,” said Wiktorowski. “It’s also a community which supports the school and its sports teams. Wawasee also has a reputation as a school with a solid academic program.”

Wiktorowski has been the GC women’s basketball coach for the past nine seasons, winning 93 games.

“We are grateful for the nine years Steve has given leadership to the Goshen program and wish him well as he transitions to new opportunities,” said GC Athletic Director Tim Dement in a press release. “He has always shown tremendous concern and care for his players and sought to teach them more than just basketball.”

In his second season at Goshen (2003-04), he lead the Maple Leafs to a 26-9 record (most wins in school history) and to the Mid-Central Conference regular-season championship. Goshen went on to win the MCC tourney and earn the program’s first-ever appearance in the NAIA national finals.

“I have enjoyed coaching at the college level and some day might want to do it again,” said Wiktorowski. “I wasn’t looking for a new position, but when the opportunity at Wawasee came along it was just to good to turn down,”

Wiktorowski will be replacing Mary Hurley who is retiring at the end of the school year.

“Mary has done a great job at Wawasee,” Wiktorowski said. “This is a situation where I can come in with the idea of just keeping things going instead or having to restructure things. My biggest challenge will be to keep the continued success of the programs going on.

“My plans are in the next week to get in and spend some time with Mary so I can see how things are handled. The first priority will be making sure things are ready to go for the summer programs and that things are in place for this fall.”

Among successes in Wawasee sports are two state runnerup finishes in football (1985 and 2004), two state runnerup finishes in girls basketball (1985 and 2007) and a class 3A boys basketball regional championship in 2005.

Among standout individual athletes is 2002 Indiana “Miss Basketball” Shanna (Zolman) Crossley, the all-time leading scorer in Indiana high school girls basketball with 3,085 points.

“The NLC has a great reputation throughout the state,” said Wiktorowski. “The conference is strong in all sports and has produced a number of very good individuals.”

Prior to going to Goshen College, Wiktorowski spent 21 seasons as a high school boys basketball coach (seven at Fairfield and seven at Prairie Heights) with 123 wins. His teams were 72-38 against Northeast Corner Conference teams while at Fairfield, winning three consecutive NECC titles  (1987-89).

“Besides basketball I’ve coached baseball, cross country and track,” he said. “I’ve coached a lot of sports and am familiar with most of the schools Wawasee plays. I’m also familiar with the reputations of the other athletic directors in the NLC.”

Wiktorowski graduated from Indiana University of Bloomington in 1980 with a degree in physical education and acquired his maser’s degree in secondary education from IU-Fort Wayne in 1990.

Wiktorowski and his wife Donna have two children, Troy and Erin.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Paul George making big play for endorsement deals

    Paul George already has a winning resume

    April 19, 2014

  • GN140418 bulls playoff push NBA: Bulls ready to start playoff push against Wizards CHICAGO -- Lose a franchise player, trade away another star. Snag home-court advantage for at least one round in the playoffs? It's not the way the Chicago Bulls mapped it out at the start of the season. But here they are, holding the fourth seed and

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140418 ghs wawa nr btrk 01 PREP BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Warriors triumph GOSHEN -- The Wawasee Warriors showcased a couple of very talented athletes in an NLC meet with the Goshen Redskins and the Northridge Raiders Thursday night at Foreman Field. Juniors Clayton Cook and JJ Gilmer were involved in six first places finis

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140418 bglf goshen hartsough PREP BOYS GOLF: Goshen easily downs Central in 2014 opener ELKHART -- Sometimes, the third time really is the charm. After the first two scheduled meets of the season were postponed due to inclement weather earlier this week, the Goshen High School boys golf team was finally able to start the 2014 season Th

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Golf turns into snooze-fest without celebrities like Tiger and Phil

    The Masters lumbered on last week without two of pro golf's biggest names, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and fans changed the channel. The PGA needs someone with star power if it's going to lure people back to the game.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • TGN Sports Roundtable, Ep. 26

    April 17, 2014

  • Pacers Magic Basketball -3 [Duplicate] NBA: Pacers rest 3 starters, cruise past Magic ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points as the Indiana Pacers rested their key players and cruised to a 101-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Eastern Conference's top se

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140417 soft ghs jim 11 Hot start by Jimtown dooms Goshen, 12-7 GOSHEN -- The Jimtown Jimmies had one of those starts that about all Goshen High School baseball coach Josh Keister could do was shrug his shoulders. Jimtown scored six runs in the top of the first inning with only two of their six hits leaving the i

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140417 soft ghs ec 03 PREP SOFTBALL: Goshen struggling GOSHEN -- For the first four innings of Wednesday's nonconference softball contest, things were looking pretty good for the Goshen Redskins. On a chilly, windy spring day at Shanklin Park, Goshen led Elkhart Central, 2-0 heading into the top of the f

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hammons says he'll stay at Purdue

    A.J. Hammons says he'll return for another season with Purdue

    April 16, 2014

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Poll

Goshen City Council member Dixie Robinson is asking residents to make an effort to clean up their yards this spring. The city’s Dial-A-Truck program is available to haul trash away. Do you think there are more unsightly properties in Goshen this year than five years ago?

Yes, I have noticed more problem properties
No, I have not noticed more problems
I think the problems are about the same as always
     View Results