Columbus High School reached back into its past in selecting a new girls basketball coach last week when they officially hired Jeff Schweitzer. The Hall of Fame coach led the Cardinals for 31 seasons before retiring at the end of the 2011-12 season. When Schweitzer retired his resume included over 500 wins, 17 conference championships, four trips to the WIAA state tournament and Division Two state championships in 2002 and 2003.
Coach Schweitzer told DailyDodge.com that when the job opened up last spring, community members and people involved with the program talked with him about considering pursuing the job. “Being out of it for eight years, it’s not a common occurrence (to return to return to coaching) but I know the kids because I substitute at the high school a lot and I’ve done some individual workouts with the girls and the boys over the last several years so I’m familiar with it. It’s a young team with a lot of potential so thought I’d throw my hat in the ring and see what happens” Schweitzer added “Columbus is a very sports-minded community, not just basketball, but football and track and softball and so on. It’s a nice fit and people’s support is one of the reasons that I thought about getting involved in it again.”
The veteran coach inherits a team that went 7-17 overall and 0-10 in Capitol North play, but returns 2nd Team All-Capitol North guard Jordan Link and a handful of younger players that saw extensive varsity experience last season.
Schweitzer replaces Tim Dworak who stepped down last spring after eight seasons on the bench.
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