SW basketball coach Brodbeck resigns
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It's been a busy week for South Western athletics.
Not only did the school recently name Chris Heilman as the Mustangs new football coach, it now has a new girls' soccer coach and is looking for its next boys' basketball coach. Jesse Krotzer will take over the girls' soccer program while Nate Brodbeck has resigned after nine years of leading the basketball team, according to South Western athletic director Don Seidenstricker.
Brodbeck was not immediately available for comment.
In nine years with South Western, Brodbeck led the Mustangs to three winning seasons and back-to-back YAIAA title game appearances in 2012 and 2013. But the program has struggled in recent years, going 19-66 the past four seasons and 4-18 in 2016-17.
According to Seidenstricker, Brodbeck stepped down on his own and was not influenced by the school in any way.
"I think that all things considered, he felt he had put in enough time and it was the right time for him to step down," Seidensticker said.
Krotzer, on the other hand, takes over for Dwaine Briggs after spending the past season on the Mustangs staff as an assistant. Prior to coming to South Western, Krotzer was an assistant at Susquehannock for two seasons and a soccer team manager at Eastern University.
While the Mustangs are coming off an 8-10 season, Krotzer said the team has a chance to compete in the league and district next season. He cited the team's youth and his familiarity with the program as reasons why a turnaround is possible.
"We had a lot of freshman and sophomore getting used to the speed of the game and getting used to playing against teams like Dallastown and Central York and Northeastern and not being starstruck," Krotzer said. "We only lose three players, and I'm not saying they're replaceable, but we have girls coming up who are more than capable of filling those roles."