Brian Ryczkowski has a blueprint for success for the Little Chute football team.
The new head coach of the Mustangs said it starts with winning the Eastern Valley Conference.
Ryczkowski was named the new Little Chute coach recently after former coach Greg Enz left to pursue an assistant coaching position at Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla. The Mustangs finished 9-2 last season and reached Level 3 of the WIAA playoffs.
“I talked to them (on Monday) and I told them we wanted a conference championship,” Ryczkowski said. “Winning the conference title makes us automatically eligible for the playoffs. After that, whatever happens will take care of itself.
“If we win a conference title, it’ll be a major step for the program. It’s been awhile and, in the end, that’s our goal. We’re not going to talk about playoffs. We want to win the conference and work our way to the top. Then we want to stay at the top year-in and year out.”
Ryczkowski, 28, a Bay Port graduate, was a former standout quarterback for UW-Whitewater and was an assistant coach at Big Foot last season, a program that reached the WIAA Division 4 state championship game this past fall. He was an eighth-grade math teacher in the Big Foot school district and he hopes to pursue a teaching position in the Little Chute school district.
“Ever since I moved to southern Wisconsin (to attend UW-Whitewater), it’s been my goal to come back to the area,” Ryczkowski said. “I’ve never had the opportunity, so when the job opened up (in Little Chute) my fiancee and I were on board. She also has some ties to the area, so that made it real exciting for the both of us.”
Ryczkowski said he also told the returning Mustangs players that he was in a similar situation at Bay Port in terms of a coaching change his senior year.
“Our longtime coach there left and they brought somebody new in,” he said. “I told them, ‘I know what you’re going through. You have one more year and you want to make it special.’ “
Ryczkowski said the Little Chute program has a lot of similarities to Big Foot.
“If you look at them, the schools are around the same size (in enrollment) and they play in the same division,” he said. “I have a heckuva blueprint going in because of those same characteristics. I have a pretty good idea at the Division 4 level of what it takes to be success and that made the job more intriguing.”
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