Josh Forstner

Josh Forstner is back row, far right. His father Dale, is at far left

A familiar name will lead the Stockbridge girls basketball program next winter.

The Stockbridge School District has announced that Josh Forstner will replace Nate Menzel as varsity head coach. Menzel announced he is stepping down after a successful stint as coach.

Forstner has been a varsity assistant for the SHS boys basketball team, coached by his father Dale. The boys are coming off the best season in school history which saw them make the school’s first-ever trip to a sectional tournament where they fell to eventual state Division 5 champ Hustisford.

Menzel coached the Stockbridge girls to a 13-7 record this past season and was 32-23 the past three seasons. He resurrected a girls program in 2018 that was about to go into hibernation due to low numbers despite .500 or better records in four of the past six seasons at that point.

Opportunity knocks

Forstner jumped at the opportunity.

“It's been a dream of mine to be the head coach of a program since I graduated high school,” says Forstner, a 2009 Stockbridge alum.

“I didn't have my heart set on a specific school to coach at and I was open to any local opportunities. When the girls head coach position became available at Stockbridge, I knew I wanted to put my name in and hope for an interview. I was ecstatic when I was offered the position.”

The 2021-22 basketball season will mark 12 years of coaching in some capacity for Forstner.

“I started my coaching career at the middle school level in 2010 at Stockbridge as the head coach for the 8th grade boys team. I transitioned to the high school level at the end of the 2013 season as the JV1 boys assistant coach for Chilton High School. In the fall of 2013, I then moved to the JV2 boys assistant role for two years at Chilton followed by two years as the JV2 boys head coach at Chilton. I have been an assistant coach at Stockbridge for both the JV and Varsity teams since 2017.”

He gives his overview of the SHS girls program:

“Nate left the program in great shape and has done a great job with the team over the past three years. Nate and I have known each other for the last couple years. He is a great guy and coach and he knows the game well. I feel he has left the girls team in a great spot for me to come in and pick up where they left off. Losing four seniors will be hard, but I feel good about the young team we will have this upcoming season. There will be some challenges with having a young team, but my plan is to help them grow as student athletes and to have a successful season. My plan for this program is to really dive deep into the fundamentals and get them playing competitively. I would like to run an up tempo offense system and play mostly man-to-man defense. The other part of my first year plan is to get the youth more involved whether it's a co-practice/camp between the youth teams and the high school team, or involving them in games in some capacity throughout the season. There has been a lot of success with the girls team during the past ten years and I hope to continue down that road. I'm eager to get started this summer with the team to prepare for the upcoming season.”

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