Scasny hired to lead girls
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The Greater Metro Conference girls basketball race has boiled down to two heavyweights the past couple seasons: Sussex Hamilton and Divine Savior Holy Angels. As the Chargers move forward with a new coaching era, they'll borrow a page from the history books of their rival.
Bill Scasny, who oversaw a number of successful DSHA teams from 1990-2004, has been hired as the new girls basketball coach at Hamilton, replacing Dan Carey. Carey, who piloted Hamilton to back-to-back league titles for the first such crowns in school history, left the post to become video coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball program.
Scasny went 226-103 in his tenure with the Dashers, including seven state appearances in the WISAA format and two more in the WIAA format. His 1996 team won a WISAA state title. He also coached at Homestead from 2004-09 and spent the past three seasons as an assistant for the New Berlin West boys team.
"We felt this was the best fit at this particular time; maybe three to four years ago, that wouldn't have been the case, but where Dan left it, I thought we were looking for someone with a proven track record who's been through the ups and downs and through the trenches," Hamilton athletics director Mike Gosz said.
Scasny takes over a program in position to win now. After going 38-9 the past two years, with just three losses in conference play, the program still invites back All-State forward Mackenzie Latt and four-year starter Hannah Menzia at point guard, not to mention talented sophomore Taylor Klug and a number of other players with experience.
Six applicants were brought in for interviews last week, chosen from a pool of 28 applicants. Gosz, the former Hamilton girls coach who coached against Scasny and also alongside him at the WBCA All-Star Game one year, called his former GMC colleague and invited him to apply, coaxing Scasny out of the assistant's chair.
"It's definitely a lot more relaxing to be the assistant," Scasny said. "When you're the assistant ... you're in there every day, working with the athletes, without the peripheral stuff bothering you. As the head coach, you're leading everything in the program, from the youth level on. I was content being an assistant; you put a lot of pressure on yourself one chair over."
But then again, Scasny has fit into that position nicely before, with 19 years of head coaching experience on the varsity level. Gosz emphasized the track record as critical in the selection process that featured a five-person committee.
"Bill isn't one that re-invents the game of basketball; he's one of the guy who'll teach his concepts and system really well, and the other team has got to beat it," Gosz said.
Scasny said he's learned new ideas in three years under New Berlin West boys coach Jeff Lewiston but doesn't mind a switch back to the girls game.
"I really haven't been to a girls game in probably three years since I've been coaching New Berlin West," Scasny admitted. "I haven't had the time, but I've read the articles in the paper and online, and the program has done an excellent job and been on a major upswing. I've talked to Coach Carey and will be looking at game film last year and getting some ideas."
As a bit of serendipity, Scasny actually coached Carey's sister, Chelsey, who played in the 2003 state tournament when the Dashers lost in triple overtime against Green Bay Preble, 64-62. That quarterfinal ended on a last-second shot from Preble in the third overtime that was controversially allowed before the buzzer.
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