Tim Solarek tabbed as Oconto Falls girls basketball coach

New coach was at Wautoma since 2015
Morgan Rode
Sports Editor

Oconto Falls High School announced that Tim Solarek will be the new varsity girls basketball coach.

Athletic director Jerry Moynihan announced the hiring on Aug. 24. Solarek will replace Mike Kaczmarek.

Since 2015, Solarek has been the varsity head coach at Wautoma High School. He led the team to winning seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Prior to that, Solarek was the boys freshmen coach and a varsity assistant at Wautoma and Waterloo.

Solarek is excited for the chance to coach Oconto Falls. The job appealed to him because it also gave him the opportunity to teach at the high school level — he will teach physical education and health.

“They had a very successful year last year with a very challenging schedule,” said Solarek of the Oconto Falls girls basketball team. “Looking forward to building off and continuing that success.”

The new coach said his teams will be built on character, discipline, effort and attitude.

“I met the girls twice over the summer. They are a fun group,” Solarek added. “Looking forward to not only teaching them the game of basketball but also life skills they can take with them off the court.”

Kaczmarek guided the Panthers to a strong 16-7 record last winter, including a 13-5 mark and third-place finish in the tough North Eastern Conference.

“Replacing Mike is going to be a big challenge,” said Moynihan. “The behind the scenes hours that coach Kaczmarek put in were second to none. Mike was tireless in the hours he spent running open gyms, contact days and tournaments was a tremendous benefit to our program. Mike set a high bar in his efforts to run a successful program.”

Oconto Falls earned a No. 4 seed and bye in the postseason last season. The Panthers were upset by fifth-seeded Xavier in their opening playoff game.

“We felt that Tim was the best choice to step into Mike’s shoes,” Moynihan said. “We could see that basketball was his and his family’s passion. The hours needed to run a successful program requires a total commitment from the head coach and his family and we could see that in what Tim can bring to Oconto Falls.”

“We feel Tim will be a great fit and we are excited to have him teaching PE at our high school. His ability to see the kids on a daily basis will help him build the relationships that are needed as he gets established in Oconto Falls.”