Mere days after Catholic Memorial learned that Steve Showalter would not, in fact, be leading the boys basketball program next year, the Crusaders hired former Kettle Moraine and Marquette assistant Mike Serath for the position.
Showalter, who led Germantown to three straight state titles before joining a college coaching staff in 2015, had agreed to take the position in early May. But news emerged June 4 that he was considering a position at Menomonee Falls High School, a spot he ultimately took three days later.
The CMH position didn't stay vacant for long. Serath's coaching resume includes freshman and junior varsity coaching in Lake Mills, work with Kettle Moraine from 2009-14 and junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant at Marquette last year when the Hilltoppers advanced to the WIAA Division 1 state semifinals.
'I am extremely excited for the opportunity to run the CMH basketball program and help the young players grow in their skills on the court, but also be upstanding young men that serve the community,' Serath said in a news release. 'I am excited to join the CMH family and continue to lead this successful basketball program. The caliber of athletes and coaches that CMH has is incredible to be a part of, and I am anticipating a lot of success for the coming years.'
Serath played basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and teaches physical education at St. Anthony's on the Lake and St. Charles in Hartland.
'(Serath) is a class act and a great coach that will be a role model for the young players,' CMH athletics director Greg Gamalski said. 'I believe in his vision for the program and his ability to build on the legacy of success we have at CMH.'