Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

RE: John
November 21, 2012 | 10:41 AM

Thanks for the comment.
I don't think it has anything to do with the leader.
Lottig is a wonderful coach, and the kids seem to respond well to him. Most importantly, he is a good man who does things the right way.
A leader is not someone who teaches his players to win at all costs. When your team is up by 70 and you are full-court pressing, that's a problem. When kids on your team don't see the court all season, even when you're winning most games by 50 or more, that's a problem.
When you are teaching poor sportsmanship, that's bad.
What this comes down to is winning.
Badger is building a program, and yes, it takes time. You don't have young players and win a conference title immediately. It takes games on the varsity level, offseason training and chemistry with your teammates.
Badger will get back on top soon, and Lottig will take them there. There's no doubt in my mind.
The fact is varsity basketball is very competitive, and winning is important. Kids have fun winning, and East Troy has had great success recently.
So kids want to play for them because they think it would be easy to win right away, especially with three D1 recruits.

Mike the sports editor