After three seasons, Chad Dowland is stepping down as boys varsity basketball coach at St. Lawrence Seminary.
Dowland goes over his decision saying, “I decided after our final game this season. It was a couple of things. First, I’m a father now with another on the way. My wife puts in a lot of hours in the office at Buechel Stone, so that’s really the main reason. It was really a big challenge with our schedules. The other side of it is trying to build a solid program at St. Lawrence. We have had some talented kids, but really, we just don’t get the type of kid that you need to compete favorably.”

No conference affiliation
Dowland added that there were other frustrations. “Being an independent, you have to schedule your own refs as you don’t have the comfort of a conference commissioner doing that, but I will say that I did have a lot of help from several officials helping me with that. Then there’s trying to find games against schools your size that you can compete with. We have upgraded our schedule, especially this year, adding Kiel and Two Rivers, and we were going to bring New Holstein back on.”
Then there was the commitment of the athletes and the school schedule at SLS.
“We have had our spring break right when the WIAA tournament season begins and our kids have to leave the school grounds. We have some local kids, so our players could stay with them through the tournament and we could practice and play, but when I asked the kids before the season what they wanted to do, only two of the 15 varsity kids said they wanted to stay and play in the tournament. The other 13 wanted to go home. That tells you something!”
St. Lawrence Seminary, a college prep boarding school, gets kids from all across the world.
He adds that he is staying at the Mount Calvary school as its athletic director.
“That takes up enough time as it is. I’m responsible for setting up the gym and the concession stand for home games and that makes for some really long days, but I love doing it.”
Dowland, a New Holstein High School grad, had a very successful career as baseball coach at NHHS coaching the Huskies to the WIAA State Finals in summer baseball in 2007 losing to West Bend West in the championship game. He had a brief stint as athletic director at New Holstein, but has had several duties at St. Lawrence.
The former Husky was asked what his favorite game was at SLS.
“Probably, three years ago when we beat Stockbridge at the final buzzer,” he replies.
“Davee Vang hit a shot from the corner.”
Chad and his wife April have a daughter Cameron, age 11 months, with their second child due in October.