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Randy Storlie, small-town coach with a big heart

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Blair-Taylor, Wis. (WXOW)- Randy Storlie is a small-town coach with a big heart. When Storlie looks back at his nearly four-decade coaching career, it's not the trophies and accolades that stick out. It's the unbreakable bond he shares with the community and the team.

Storlie appreciates every moment he has on the sideline even 38 years later.

"I get excited for every single game," Storlie said. "I get excited. I enjoy practice. I enjoy being with the kids."

Storlie grew up in Blair-Taylor. He graduated from Taylor High School in 1977 and returned after college in a teaching role. The rest fell into place.

"I thought that I would probably just stay there because my wife and I enjoyed it so much," Storlie said. "Our kids had a great time, and then when Blair and Taylor consolidated, and they gave me the opportunity to coach here, and teach here, I took it, and I can't picture myself going anywhere else."

Now, Storlie is reflecting on what these years have meant to him.

"I think it's absolutely flown by," Storlie said. "I've had the great, great opportunities to take eight different teams to the state boys basketball tournament. Bringing home one of the balls in our last trip. Just taking our community on a great ride. I think it's just flown by, 38 years, I cannot believe it. Almost four decades of walking up and down the sideline."

Storlie was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2017 and ranks 10th in the state in career wins at 559, but it's about so much more.
"Very emotional about our kids because they are like sons to me," Storlie said. "I've never had the opportunity to have sons, and these are our sons, and every year I get to coach a new group of sons."

Storlie says his coaching window isn't closing yet, but when it does, this is what he hopes people remember about him.

"If people can say, 'Man, he did a good job. He did the best he could with those kids, and the kids loved him and they learned from him, and really brought pride to our community and our school and our kids', I did a good job," Storlie said.

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