Duane Vike started his 28th season as Holmen High School girls basketball coach on Monday, but he decided recently his run as the Vikings’ baseball coach will end at eight.
Vike resigned from his baseball job Monday after determining that coaching two seasons each school year was becoming too difficult to balance within his life.
“I never thought about giving up both,” said Vike, who has been part of the local baseball and softball community since 1987. “It came down to one or the other, and I had to make a choice.”
One reason for the change, Vike said, was to find more time for his family. A stronger attachment to basketball at the moment kept him with that sport.
Vike has been a basketball, softball or baseball coach in Holmen since 1987, which is when he was hired as a math teacher at the high school. He graduated from Stoughton High School and Winona State University, where he played baseball.
“I really like baseball, and it wasn’t an easy choice,” said Vike, whose baseball teams were 113-78 overall and 64-32 with three championships in the MVC the last eight years. “I have parents in the Madison area who will need more care and assistance and adult children living in different places, and I want time for things like that.”
Vike said he has coached 76 seasons of competitive softball, baseball and basketball in the winter, spring and summer.
His Holmen softball team won a WIAA Division 1 title in 1999, and he was an assistant coach on Holmen’s WIAA summer baseball championship team in 1990.
Continuing with back-to-back seasons of basketball and baseball was getting difficult, and Vike said he’d been thinking about cutting back to one sport for a couple of years. He spent several seasons coaching basketball in the winter, baseball in the spring and American Legion baseball in the summer.
His last season with the Legion team was 2012, and it won a Class AA state title.
Vike’s girls basketball team hosts Viroqua in its first game of the season Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.