Brookfield Central's girls basketball coach Dan Wandrey looked at it as a unique opportunity.
As a result, it was announced Monday that he will replace the retiring Mark Adams as the basketball coach for the boys program.
"What makes it a unique opportunity is that it's a new challenge, but it's in my building, in my school," Wandrey said. "Usually when you get a new challenge you're in different surroundings. But I still have my same athletic director, my same facilities manager."
"We had a great pool of internal candidates," Athletic and Activities Director Todd Sobrilsky said. "When coach Wandrey said he would like to be considered, we did not have to do an external search. It really was an easy choice for us. For 16 years, he's had great success. Now he has an opportunity to continue that tradition with boys."
Since the girls went deep into the postseason, losing to eventual state champion Oak Creek in the sectional finals — one step from another state tournament — everything was put on hold.
"When the season was over and Dan said he was still interested, we put everything out there on the table. I encouraged him to talk to his closest adviser (Amy, his wife of 30 years). He didn't take this lightly. He did his due diligence. It was not an easy decision."
Wandrey was emotional while talking about the move to the boys team, after being the head coach for the Lancers girls since 1998.
"I've spent my whole head coaching career here," he said. "If I said I haven't thought about what it would be like coaching the boys team that would be a stretch. But it is not something I obsessed over."
Wandrey compiled a .616 winning percentage putting together a 262-141 record. But after going 22-41 (.349) establishing the program in his first three years, he compiled a 240-100 mark, a .706 winning percentage the last 13 years, having winning records in 12 of them.
He won the first of five conference titles in his seventh season (2004-05), also winning league championships in 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 (tied) and 2010-11. He took the Lancers to the state tournament twice (2008, 2009) after they made only one trip before that (1985).
"I couldn't be happier with the way things have gone for 16 years," Wandrey said. "In 1998 when I took over, you hired your staff, you have a vision of competing every year.
"It was tough (to make the move) because of my coaches, my players, the families. But I'm not saying goodbye. I'm still right here. That helped me make the decision."
Replacing long-time coach Mark Adams also is something that Wandrey spoke about.
"I have to establish my philosophy, my system; that's my biggest challenge. But I want to emphasize, the wheel isn't broken. Coach Adams did a great job."
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