Jeff Setz left a lasting impression on New Berlin Eisenhower, and now there will be a permanent memorial to his legacy.
Eisenhower will name its softball field after the longtime coach and educator at a ceremony to be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, prior to the start of the varsity portion of the Dale Kilmer Memorial Softball Tournament.
The New Berlin Board of Education approved the dedication at its meeting April 24.
Setz, who died at 65 in August, coached Eisenhower's softball team through the 2016 season despite his battle with cancer.
"Coach Setz had an incredible impact on the Eisenhower community during his 36 years as a mathematics teacher and 40-plus years as a coach in multiple sports," Eisenhower athletic director Kevin Fitzgerald said. "He had the ability to motivate students to achieve things they never thought possible, both athletically and academically. Everything he did was done with integrity, character and an air of modesty. He's one of a kind, and I think it's fitting that our varsity softball diamond will be named in honor of coach Jeff Setz. "
Under his guidance, Eisenhower softball turned into a top-level program. Setz won 410 games, 14 conference titles and led the Lions to the state tournament six times in his 22 years as head coach, winning the state championship in 2008. He was posthumously inducted into the Wisconsin Softball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2017.
Setz also led the Eisenhower football program to great heights, accumulating a 134-71 record in 23 seasons over two different stints as head coach. The Lions won back-to-back state championships in 1995 and 1996.