New PHS coach to keep tradition going

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH — Tim Schultz is very excited about being the Plymouth Panthers’ new head boys basketball coach and welcomes the challenge of trying to continue a strong tradition at PHS.

“It is an honor. It’s been a traditionally strong program, and having played in it and grown up with it and seeing the success it has had, I look forward to building upon it and maintaining it,” said Schultz, a 1990 PHS graduate who played on the Panthers’ 1989-1990 team which advanced to the Division 1 state tournament.

Schultz was a successful head boys coach at New Holstein and Sheboygan South, and was a varsity assistant for seven years in the PHS boys program. The last two seasons he served as a PHS assistant under Jason Duff and Butch Cain, respectively, after an eight-year stint at South. He has 23 years of high school boys basketball coaching.

Schultz, a social studies teacher at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary, explained his coaching philosophy.

“I want the guys to play with a positive attitude, effort and enthusiasm all the time,” he stressed.

“Offensively, I want to get up and down the floor. If you look at the history of the teams that I’ve coached, we’ve run, we fast break and we want to make it exciting to play and watch.

“It’s [up-tempo style is] kind of what I grew up with through the system. It’s a style that I think works. I was fortunate to run it at New Holstein and it had success there. We won the conference [Eastern Wisconsin] and went to the sectional,” said Schultz who guided NH to a sectional berth and South to sectional appearances in back-to-back years.

“Defensively, we’re really looking to play a good, solid man-toman, and trap and press. We want to mix it up,” Schultz noted.

He’s been impressed so far with the attitude and dedication of his players prior to the start of preseason practice which began Monday, Nov. 16.

“These guys have been doing everything and more to get ready for the season and with the fitness stuff. Adam Brill [Plymouth’s athletic trainer] does a tremendous job with them and getting them ready to go,” Schultz.

“They showed up in open gym in mass quantities which was very impressive to see.

“I’m excited for the season to get going. The conference has changed and our schedule is challenging,” Schultz said.

The Panthers will play in the new East Central Conference after moving over from the Eastern Wisconsin Conference. PHS finished second in the EWC last season with a 10-4 record (14-9 overall) but graduated all five starters. The Panthers open their season Nov. 24 at home versus county arch-rival Sheboygan Falls which remained in the EWC.

“It’s all about making sure these guys bring the effort, [positive] attitude and enthusiasm, and I’ve been seeing that so far,” said Schultz.

Schultz and his family reside in Plymouth. He and his wife, Vicki, have two boys, Tanner who is 10 and Kayden, 8.

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