Brian Garvey has stepped down as the head varsity coach of the Xavier High School girls’ basketball team.
Garvey just completed the second year of his second stint, and eighth year overall, as coach of the Hawks. His 2012-13 team finished as co-champions of the Eastern Valley Conference with a 15-1 record and were 24-2 overall.
Xavier lost to eventual Division 3 state champion Kewaunee in the sectional final.
In his eight years as the Hawks’ head varsity coach, the 50-year-old Garvey guided Xavier to two conference championships. A 1981 graduate of Xavier, Garvey had a 135-57 record at Xavier.
“We are very grateful to Brian for all his years of service to our girls’ basketball program,” said Xavier athletic director Kathy Bates. “Garv has earned a special place in Xavier history.
“Garv and his staff worked extremely hard to continue the tremendous tradition of Xavier girls’ basketball, and he does not leave a program that is in need of major rebuilding.”
Garvey led the Hawks to three trips to the state tournament in the now-defunct WISAA, twice playing in the state championship game.
Garvey was instrumental in the formation of the Junior Hawks girls’ basketball program, which provides basketball competition and instruction for many pre-high school age girls.
Garvey had been a longtime assistant coach in Xavier’s girls’ program, including under his brother Brad, Ellen Sauer and Dan Riordan.
Garvey’s daughter Megan graduated from Xavier in 2011 and his daughter Erin will graduate this spring.