Ozaukeeâ€™s LeMahieu retires after 31 years as head girlsâ€™ basketball coach
Nearly four decades after working the sidelines for the first time, Lee LeMahieu has decided to call it a career.
The longtime Ozaukee High School girlsâ€™ basketball coach, who spent 31 years as head of the Warriorsâ€™ varsity program, announced his retirement Monday, March 25.
â€śIâ€™ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach so many fine student athletes,â€ť LeMahieu said.
LeMahieuâ€™s retirement caps a career in which he helped shape the lives of young people in the classroom and sports. In addition to his basketball contributions, he was a math teacher at Ozaukee High School for 33 years, coached junior-varsity football for 27 years and served as athletic director.
Since retiring from teaching several years ago, LeMahieu has continued to work as a substitute teacher at the school.
As a coach, he has overseen two generations of student athletes, amassing a long list of accomplishments.
After two years coaching JV basketball, he became head of the varsity program in 1976-77. Fifteen seasons later, LeMahieu took a five-year break from coaching to spend more time with his family while his children were in high school.
He returned to the court for the 1997-98 season and remained with the varsity team through this season, when the Warriors went 16-8.
LeMahieu led the Ozaukee girls to nine Central Lakeshore Conference titles â€” an average of one every three years.
Four times, LeMahieuâ€™s teams reached the WIAA state tournament. A highlight of his career came in the 2003-04 season, when the Warriors won the Division 3 state championship and finished with a 26-0 record.
In March 2006, a LeMahieu-coached team surprised many by earning another trip to state. They finished second in Division 3 after a furious fourth-quarter rally in the title game fell just short.
Despite his place in the spotlight, LeMahieu has made a habit of giving credit to others who helped build Ozaukeeâ€™s basketball legacy.
â€śIâ€™ve also been fortunate to have outstanding assistant coaches â€” John Nesladek, John Thill and Jeff Kaul,â€ť he said.
â€śThey have done a lot for the girlsâ€™ basketball program.â€ť
LeMahieu finished his career with a 464-213 record, a .685 winning percentage. He ranks among the stateâ€™s top 20 in career wins for girlsâ€™ basketball coaches.
LeMahieu picked up his 400th victory Dec. 4, 2008, against Sheboygan Christian.
In recognition of his contributions, Ozaukee High School held a ceremony Jan. 17, 2012, dedicating its gymnasium floor as Coach LeMahieu Court.
Image Information: OZAUKEE HIGH SCHOOL girlsâ€™ basketball coach Lee LeMahieu, shown here during a preseason practice, has retired after 31 years at the varsity helm. Under his direction, the Warriors won nine Central Lakeshore Conference championships and a WIAA state title. Photo by Sam Arendt