Niles West High School Varsity Boys Basketball team will have a new head coach for the 2017-18 school year: Michael B. Wasielewski. Wasielewski will also join the school’s Humanities Department as a Social Studies teacher. The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education approved the appointments at its April 4 meeting.
Wasielewski currently teaches Social Studies and serves as Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire; he has been there two years. From 2013 to 2015 he was Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Waukegan High School, where he helped rebuild the program by developing improved academic and discipline standards for the program.
From 2009 to 2013 Wasielewski coached Varsity Basketball at Elmwood Park High School. During that time the team compiled its first winning record since 1998 and made its first Regional Conference Championship appearance in school history. Before that he coached basketball at Lane Tech College Prep.
Wasielewski earned a Master of Science in Education from Northwestern University; his thesis was about the link between participation in athletics and academic achievement for high school students. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign.
Wasielewski succeeds Bob Williams as basketball head coach. Williams is retiring at the end of this school year.