Brookfield Central’s Jamie Meulemans resigned his position as football coach to spend more time with his family.
Meulemans replaced Doug Lange in 2010 and took the Lancers to the playoffs for four straight seasons. He finished with a 28-14 record overall record, a .667 winning mark over and a 19-9 mark (.678) in the Greater Metro Conference.
Muelemans had switched in-school positions in August, going from teaching to an administrative position as Dean of Students.
Meulemans and Jenny, his wife of 16 years, have two children — Joshua, 12, and Maya, 9. Being Dean of Students and head football coach was starting to take away from his family.
“Football is a year around job now,” Meulemans said. “Joshua plays select baseball, basketball and football. Maya is in team gymnastics. The timing is good to do this.”
Todd Sobrilsky, athletic & activities director, understood Meulemans position.
“We are sad to lose someone of coach Meulemans’ caliber from the BCHS coaching ranks,” Sobrilsky said. “The standard he set for himself, his staff, his players and the football program was a model for how a high school, education-based athletic program should be run.”
When asked about what he will miss the most, Meulemans answer was not surprising.
“Seeing seeing boys turn into men,” he said. “You can push them correctly to perform at a high level, but then put your arm around them. They know you love them; they know you care about them.”
“Not only was he a good football person; he was a great molder of young men,” he said. “Jamie’s passion for his players and the guidance he provided them in developing from boys into young men while in high school will be difficult to replace.
“His messages concerning character development and family to the student athletes he coached are lessons that go way beyond the successes his teams had on the scoreboard.
“The lucky part for us at BCHS is that he will still be a part of our BCHS school community family, just in a different role within our school.”
Meulemans and his wife discussed the move and with their kids being so active, it was difficult because Jenny worked second shift.
Meulemans has been enjoying his position as Dean of Students and sees a similarity between that and coaching.
“I enjoy the job,” he said. “Like coaching, you can work with the kids, counsel them. It was an honor to be asked to take the job and it turned out to be a lot of fun.”
Looking back at his four years at the helm, Meulemans talked about his on the field highlights.
“Winning the conference title the first year as a D1 school was great,” he said. “Making it to Level 3 of the playoffs. Beating Mukwonago in the final seconds on TV and then beating Marquette in the final seconds this season.
“I also enjoyed the recruiting process, helping the kids and meeting the different coaches during the process.”
Meulemans biggest recruits were offensive lineman Marcus Aprahamian (Duke), defensive lineman Chikwe Obasih (Wisconsin ) and offensive tackle Luke Rasmussen, who still is considering several offers.
But in the end, Meulemans went back to the student athletes.
“We had fun,” he said. “But it’s about the kids, not about me. It’s about them.”