Nick Datka joined New Berlin Eisenhower as the new head coach of the girls soccer program, Athletic and Activities Director Kevin Fitzgerald announced Jan. 13.

Datka comes to Eisenhower with nine years of head coaching experience and 15-plus years of high-level soccer coaching. A native of East Troy, he was an all-conference performer and team captain at East Troy High School.

Datka's first coaching experience was at his alma mater, serving as an assistant on the girls varsity team. He was hired as the varsity girls and boys head soccer coach in 2000 and served in this position until 2004.

Datka has since been the head coach of the East Troy boys team from 2009 to 2011 and from 2014 to present.

Datka was asked what he is most looking forward to in his first season at Eisenhower.

"I am looking forward to putting my own personal touch on an already successful program," he said. "I am also excited to learn about the traditions at Eisenhower and become a part of the soccer community. I am also ready to embrace the challenges that come with coaching in the Woodland Conference, which in my mind is one of the top soccer conferences in the state."

Datka has expectations for his student-athletes both on and off the field.

"I believe that players need to work hard, eliminate excuses, be good teammates and hold themselves to high standards on and off the field in order to maximize their soccer experience," he said. "Players' words/actions will tell me a lot about their character."

The Datka family resides in Elkhorn and includes his wife, Michelle; sons Sebastian and Hunter; and daughter Savannah.