Brookfield East has brought back one of its own, hiring alumnus Eric Hess to lead its boys soccer program.
Hess has spent the last 13 seasons as the varsity girls soccer coach at Muskego and was the Warriors varsity boys coach from 2007 to 2015, winning WIAA Division 1 state championships in 2009 and 2013. He replaces Herbie Dundun, who resigned in early February following 12 highly-successful seasons leading the Spartans.
"Coach Hess emerged from a talented pool of candidates and the selection committee was impressed with his soccer background and his accomplishments at Muskego High School," Brookfield East athletic director Ben Westphal said. "He has a championship vision for the program and is also committed to developing not only the soccer skills of all players but also their character on and off the field.
"As an alum, coach Hess has a passion for Brookfield East soccer and will continue its strong tradition of excellence."
Hess graduated from Brookfield East in 1994 and went on to play at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1994 to 1998. He was named the head boys soccer coach at Dominican High School in 2001 and led the Knights through the 2006 season, earning a trip to the sectional final in 2004.
He took over the Muskego girls soccer program in 2004 and added boys head coaching duties in 2007. The Warriors thrived under Hess, as the boys won eight regional titles and three sectional titles in nine seasons and the girls captured five regional titles and three sectional titles in 13 years.
Hess led the Muskego boys to state in 2008, 2009 and 2013, winning state titles in 2009 and 2013 and finishing as runner-up in 2008. The Muskego girls have made the state tournament in each of the past three seasons.
"I am very excited to return to my alma mater and the school that gave me my start in coaching," Hess said. "Brookfield East has a great soccer program and I feel honored to become part of it."
The Spartans reached the state tournament in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 under Dundun, finishing as runner-up in 2006 and as state champions in 2014. Brookfield East finished 10-7-3 overall and in a tie for second place in the Greater Metro at 5-1-1 last season.