Tracy Wolfe considered her infant daughter, Jayden, upon showing interest in coaching girls basketball again.
Bandys High School in Catawba, N.C. needed a varsity and junior varsity coach entering this season, and Wolfe’s first instinct was petitioning to merely “be a helper.”
Bandys officials appreciated Wolfe’s platform, but still wanted to maximize the talents of the former Batavia athlete, born Tracy Olszewski. Enter a co-coaching arrangement with Kyle Moretz that’s an awful lot like parenting: separate voices envisioning the same goal.
“It’s been going good,” Wolfe said. “I have a lot more of the coaching experience and the basketball experience, but I would say he’s better as a people person.”
The arrangement joining first-year faculty members has the Trojans one victory away from a Class 2A North Carolina state championship and an unbeaten season.
Bandys (31-0) plays for the title at 11 a.m. CDT Saturday at North Carolina State in Raleigh.
Wolfe is excited about her parents’ plans to travel from Batavia for the game. Sue and James Olszewski won’t be the only family members in the stands, however. Jayden, now 15 months and set to become a big sister in August, has been a fixture among fans, often dressed in Spartans green and Vegas gold.
“She goes to all the games,” Wolfe said. “She’s our big cheerleader.”
Wolfe said the Spartans’ run prevented her from following Batavia’s landmark girls basketball season as closely as she would have liked.
A few months earlier – much as the Bulldogs and their 2013 slogan – she was “all in” for the football team’s run to the Class 6A state championship.
A forward during her Batavia career, which ended in 2002, Wolfe played at Benedictine before suffering a torn ACL her senior year. The injury steered her to coaching; she was Elgin’s sophomore coach in 2007-08.
Wolfe, who teaches special education, spent her first year out of college as a permanent substitute at Batavia. She relocated to North Carolina the next year and was a co-coach at South Iresdell High in Statesville.
Her career took a turn when she moved into public relations with Mooresville, N.C.-based Sheltra Motorsports, but Wolfe knew that detour would only be short-lived.
“I always kind of knew when I had kids I would go back to teaching, and basketball’s my first love,” she said. “So everything kind of fell into place.”