The Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association named Kohler Boys Tennis head coach Bob Sasse as its runner-up for Division 2 state boys coach of the year. Sasse became an assistant coach in 2016 under then head coach John Reinertsen, and assumed the role as head coach in 2017.
The Blue Bombers have won the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Championship for the past two years, ending the 2018 season with a perfect 8-0 conference record, and 14-0 for the regular season.
It was also the second consecutive year that the entire team qualified for the WIAA State tournament (special for a small school that must compete in Division 2) and the fourth year that Kohler’s #1 singles player, Casey Johnson made it to the individual state championship. He took third place as a freshman, went on to win the title two years in a row in 2016 and 2017, then took second in 2018.
Kohler boys have a long history of sending individual players to state, beginning in the late 90s under coach Joel Somerville. Wendy Tauschek then took over in 2000 sending two players to state in 2001, then going on to coach two different “dream teams” between 2005-2013, including the program’s first team trip to Madison in 2006. Tauschek was assisted by John Garland, and later Juli Coffee. John Reinertsen, who coached from 2015-2016 and Dr. Kevin Johnson, who assisted him, dedicated many hours behind-the-scenes helping to build the programs for more than a decade. (Derrick Cherney, who breifly coached in 2015, also took two singles players to state). It has been 15 years since Kohler hasn’t sent a boys tennis player to Madison, and the girls team has been gaining momentum the past few years, too!