GLEN ELLYN – Andy Schultz's passion for coaching already had resulted in nearly year-round employment.
He felt he was ready to land his own high school program.
Late last week, the 2004 Glenbard North High School graduate was awarded that opportunity when he was hired as the next baseball head coach at Glenbard West.
Schultz replaces Brian Wojtun, who resigned from the position in June.
"I've worked really hard at it for the last seven, eight, nine years," Schultz said, "and it's been a year-round thing for me. It is something I've been working towards for quite a while. I feel like it's a great opportunity and I know a lot of Glen Ellyn kids coming in. It's a good fit."
The former catcher spent this past spring as a varsity assistant at Glenbard East after coaching at St. Francis for five seasons, four as the head sophomore coach. He also is a coach/instructor at the DuPage Training Academy in Carol Stream.
"The first thing I'm hoping to do is re-energize the program and the kids," he said. "I want to bring that enthusiasm and energy to the field every day and get the kids excited about going to the field. I want them to enjoy the game and learn the game and play at a high level."
Schultz also knows the challenge his new team faces on a yearly basis in the West Suburban Silver conference.
"We are playing in a really good conference," he said. "I've never been in it before but playing and coaching in the DVC, I'm familiar with quality baseball in the area. And being at St. Francis for five years, those are smaller schools but another quality conference.
"I think it's a good thing for us, to play at a higher level to challenge yourselves every day."