Longtime assistant Steve Martin will adopt teacher-first mentality as new Germantown boys basketball coach

b99720523z.1_20160509104344_000_girfhl94.1-1Though he’s entering into one of the most high profile prep coaching jobs in Wisconsin, new Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Martin is maintaining perspective.¬†It’s something he learned from another Germantown legend, one from another sport.

“I remember seeing this quote somewhere,” Martin said. “Someone asked Phil (the late Warhawks’ football coach Datka) after one of his state titles, ‘How did you do that?’ and he said, ‘If it were as easy as answering that question, I’d put it in a bottle and do it every year.’

“What Phil was always getting at was, is that there are always going to be ups and downs in this job, and it’s up to you as the coach to provide good stewardship in both situations.”¬†Martin was named to take over the program built by Steve Showalter on May 5, after interim coach Mark Adams stepped down after one season.

The Warhawks, who won state titles in 2012, 2013, and 2014 under coach Steve Showalter, and who have claimed ownership of the North Shore Conference title for the last seven years, are entering a transition phase after a series of strong senior classes, including this most recent one that included Now All-Suburban choices Juwan McCloud and Max Keefe.

Martin said he is ready for it.

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