Park boys basketball: Schwartz resigns as head coach
J Schwartz has resigned as head coach of the Park boys basketball team.
Schwartz, a 1994 Park graduate and a coach for the Wolfpack the past 16 seasons, was hired as head coach in September of 2010.
Schwartz inherited a team that went 1-26 in 2009-10. In five seasons as head coach Schwartz compiled a record of 9-97. This past year Park went 3-23 overall.
“It was a very difficult decision to resign from coaching boys basketball,” Schwartz said in an email. “I love Park High School and I have been a part of the boys basketball program for a vast majority of my life as a player and coach. It is time to step away from coaching to be with my family and enjoy my children growing up and pursuing their own interests.”
Schwartz, a social studies teacher at Park, took over for Tim Walton — who resigned from the position to become an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin–River Falls men’s basketball team.
This season Schwartz had hopes of building on some momentum from the year before. After snapping a 68-game Suburban East Conference losing streak last year, however, Park went winless (0-18) in the SEC this season, while junior Tommy Tola and freshman Brandon Alt left the team mid-season. Park also graduated five seniors off this year’s club – Ryan Klika, Sully Brenke, Kenny Reid, Jordan Pinnix and Patrick Morrissey.
“It has been a pleasure to coach in the program for the last 16 years,” Schwartz said. “I have enjoyed coaching so many fine young men who wanted to enjoy, learn, work hard and compete in the game of basketball the way I did.”