This Is The First In A Series of Flashback Articles Following The Success Of the Brossart Mustangs During the Willie Schlarman Era.
This Article Appeared In The Kentucky Post in June on 1997.  It Marked The Beginning of
the Schlarman Era Which Is Presently In Its Seventh Year.
The Second Article "Winning Willie's Way" Was Published December 31, 1997
Schlarman To Coach Brossart
Boys Basketball Vacancy Is Filled
By Terry Boehmker

Three years ago, Willie Schlarman left a high-paying job to become a high school math
teacher and boys' basketball coach.  He's happy he changed careers, especially after being
named head basketball caoch at Bishop Brossart High School.
"I'm thrilled to be doing what I'm doing now," Schlarman said.

In my old job, the rewards were in cash.  In this job, it's getting the chance to work with
young people and make a difference in their lives."
Schlarman, 32, succeeds Bob Seiter as head coach of the Mustangs.  Seiter resigned so he
could take the college courses he needs to get into high school administration.
The Mustangs compiled a 82-56 record in five seasons under Seiter.

Last year's team made it to the 10th Region tournament and finished 14-14 with three underclassmen in the starting lineup.

"I think I have a solid nucleus to build on," Schlarman said.  "Hopefully, I can use the experience I have to help take these guys
to the next level."

Schlarman was an all-region player at Highlands High School and scored more than 1,000 points during his career at Northern
Kentucky University.

He was freshmen coach at Dayton in 1994-95 and junior varsity coach at Highlands the last two seasons.

He was also part of the Highlands' varsity staff that guided the Bluebirds to the championship of the Sweet Sixteen State
Tournament last March.
Winning Willie's Way
Schlarman Has Brossart Off To A Fast Start
By Terry Boehmker

Willie Schlarman helped mold the Highlands boys' basketball team that's ranked
Number 1 in the Northern Kentucky coaches poll.

Most of the Highlands players developed their skills on the freshman and junior varsity
teams that Schlarman coached the last two seasons.
On Friday, Schlarman will be coaching against those same players when Brossart visits Highlands in the first game of the new
year for both teams.

"It's going to be awfully tough to go into Highlands and play those guys," said Schlarman, who is in his first season as
Brossart's head coach.

"I'm sure they're going to be fired up seeing me again so there's no chance of us sneaking up on them like we did aginst some
of the other teams we've played."

Brossart closed out the 1997 portion of its schedule with a 54-52 home-court win over St. Henry on Tuesday.

It was the sixth straight victory for the 6-2 Mustangs, who have climbed to No. 6 in the Northern Kentucky coaches rating
since upsetting No. 2 Covington Catholic and No. 10 Holmes earlier this season.

St. Henry was ranked No. 8 going into Tuesday's game.

Senior guard Nathan Seiter, the team's top player, said the Mustangs are playing a different style of basketball than they did in
his first three seasons as a varsity starter.

"We're a lot more disciplined," he said.  "In our first two games, we took way too many three-point shots.   But we settled
down after that an started running our offense and doing what coach wants."

Seiter, who sat out most of last sason with a broken right ankle, has emerged as one of the leadding scoreres in the area once
again.

In the Mustangs' first seven games, the 5-foot-10 guard averaged 20.5 points.  He also contributed 3.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds
and 2.1 steals, while making only 11 turnovers.

"During the summer, I thied to convince Nathan that the best thing he could do for this team was make the people around him
better,"  Schlarman said.

"He bought into that idea and he's getting better at it in every game.  Now the other guys on the team don't stand and watch
Nathan.  They're going out nad trying to play with him."

Junior point guard Curtis Bezold and junior forward Nick Moher are the team's other double-figure scorers.  The other starters
are senior guard Chris Hagedorn and sophomore guard Justin Seiter, who is Nathan's younger brother.

With that lineup leading the way, Brossart shot 48 percent from the field and aveaged 70 points in its first seven games.

"All five of our starters are playing well,"  Nathan Seiter said.  "We went with an extra guard instead of a second forward to
give us a little more quickness."

Since Moher is the only starter taller than 6 feet, the Mustangs must shoot well and play aggressive defense to offset an
opponent's height advantage.

"When we shoot the ball well, this team is really fun to be around." Schlarman said.  "On nights when we don't shoot well, we
have to scratch and claw to get a win."

If the Mustangs have trouble putting the ball in the basket during Friday night's game at Highlands, they could be in for long
night against the bigger, stronger Bluebirds, who are off to a 7-2 start.

"To give ourselves the best opportunity to win, we'll have to come out and shoot well," Schlarman said.  "But they play good
defense adn don't allow you good looks at the basket so it'll be tough to create offense."

The Mustangs are still looking forward to their first game against Highlands since a 74-70 loss in the 1994 district tournament.

"We're having more fun this year because we hav a harder schedule," Nathan Seiter said.  "I'm sure we ahve a chance to do
something big just by the way the team is jelling."
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