New Berlin Eisenhower has found a new leader for its varsity baseball program, hiring former Port Washington and Brookfield East coach Nick Wycklendt as head coach.
Wycklendt spent the past three seasons as the head coach at Brookfield East, leading the Spartans to a 29-60 record. He replaces Mike Vahovick, who went 48-42 in three seasons as head coach of the Lions, including posting a 16-13 mark in 2016.
"I'm excited to coach at a school that is committed to competing year in and year out for a conference championship," Wycklendt said. "I have coached against Eisenhower and know the talent returning and the talent that goes through the program. I have been a part of building multiple high school baseball programs, and through my experiences as a coach, I understand the hard work and discipline it takes to build a strong foundation.
"I know the pieces of the puzzle are here at Eisenhower, and I am ready for the challenge of molding these pieces and building a highly successful program. I've enjoyed my years at Port Washington and Brookfield East, but I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to work with student-athletes from New Berlin Eisenhower."
After attending Nicolet High School, Wycklendt played three seasons at St. Norbert College before finishing his collegiate career on the club baseball team at Marquette University. He began coaching under Brian Durst at Grafton High School at age 19 and spent six seasons on the Black Hawks staff before becoming the head coach at Port Washington High School in 2012.
Wycklendt went 13-43 in two seasons at Port Washington, including an upset of Homestead in the playoffs, before moving on to Brookfield East.
His brother, Anthony, played collegiately at Northwestern University and spent two seasons in the minor leagues in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
Eisenhower returns three All-Woodland selections from last year's team that tied for third in the Woodland West at 5-5, including first-team selection and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee signee Joey Scaffidi.
"My hope is that I can implement my brand of baseball, where we play together as a family," Wycklendt said. "The talent will take care of itself, and I will do everything possible to mold our kids into the best competitors possible. It’s also my hope to compete immediately for a conference championship and beyond. Team building, learning to deal with adversity, and creating a winning attitude in the minds of student-athletes are all ingredients for success."