Keith Ringelberg, who served as head football coach at West Allis Central the past two seasons, has accepted the position of head football coach at Greenfield High School for the 2017 season.
Ringelberg compiled a 6-14 record, including 4-10 in the Greater Metro Conference, during his two years with the Bulldogs program.
He takes over for Shane Covington, who resigned under controversial circumstances after one season with the Hustlin' Hawks after compiling a 7-4 overall record and winning the Woodland Conference Eastern Division at 5-1. The Hawks also won their first WIAA playoff game in 14 seasons with a 38-10 triumph over Bay View.
Before taking the Central job, Ringelberg was a longtime assistant at Greendale High School under head coach Rob Stoltz. He was also a standout running back for the Panthers in his high-school career.
His son, Josh, was an All State quarterback at Greendale, and he led the Panthers to the WIAA Division 3 state championship game in 2013 while Keith served as the program's co-offensive coordinator. Sons Jack and Kennedy also played key roles for Greendale. Keith was an assistant in some capacity with the Greendale program for 28 seasons.
"I know there is lots of continued work to do," Ringelberg said in a news release about the Greenfield position. "My coaching staff and I look forward to all the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and most of all look forward to working with all of the faculty in making sure that football is part of the high school experience."
Central averaged just 10.4 points per game in going 1-8 in 2014, the year before Ringelberg arrived, and the Bulldogs were trending up in the two years Ringelberg was there. They went 2-8 in 2015, scoring 14.2 points per game, and they finished 4-6 in 2016 with a 23.5 scoring average.
Central went 3-4 in the Greater Metro Conference last year and threatened breaking through to the playoffs for the first time since 2004, but a loss to Sussex Hamilton by a 27-7 count in the penultimate week of the regular season eliminated the Bulldogs from the mix. Central did beat eventual playoff qualifier Menomonee Falls, a team that stunned undefeated Brookfield Central in the regular-season finale, by a 21-17 count.
Greenfield also went through a long stretch without playoff participation from 2002 to 2011, but the Hustlin' Hawks were able to return to prominence under coach Joe Koch, winning the Woodland Conference championship with a surprise win over Greendale two years ago and then falling to Pewaukee in the Woodland title game last year. After Koch moved out of state to take another coaching position, the program turned to Covington.
Greenfield has been to the playoffs each of the last four years and five of six. Last year's team went 7-4, falling in Level 2 of the playoffs to Whitefish Bay.
Greenfield athletic director Trent Lower said Ringelberg stood out from the other applicants because of his overall experience in the Woodland Conference.
"Coach Ringelberg will be bringing in a formidable coaching staff to form positive relationships with all players and will look to provide our athletes with opportunities in the Hustlin' Hawks program and beyond," Lower said in the news release.