After a largely successful five-year stint as Whitnall boys basketball coach, Steve Kujawa decided the time has come to leave the program.
"I have stepped down as Whitnall boys coach," said the 45-year-old Kujawa, who has been coaching in some capacity for the past 23 years. "I want to focus more on my family, friends and teaching. This is best for the program and for me."
Kujawa took over for the retired Kent Kroupa in the 2012-13 season and compiled an overall record of 74-46, never finishing below third in the Woodland Conference East Division and sharing the title with Brown Deer this past season.
He also guided the Falcons to the WIAA Division 2 State Tournament in 2016, where they dropped a tight state semifinal contest to finish at 20-7.
His teams won in double digits each season and had just one losing campaign, 11-13 in his second year.
He made the decision several weeks ago and announced it at the team's post-season banquet.
"I have some great memories from the past five seasons," he said. "The administration was always supportive of the program."
Kujawa, the son of another long-time area coach, Ken Kujawa, said he will take a one-year hiatus, then take another look at his situation.
"I definitely am keeping the door open to coaching sometime in the future," he said, "but the best thing for me now is to step away from it."
The next Whitnall coach will inherit an experienced squad led by University of Wisconsin recruit Tyler Herro, who should be back at full strength after knee problems limited him to 16 games this past season.
The Falcons also return 11 other seniors-to-be, including many who started or played significant minutes this season.