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Doug Pickarts, Hannah Whitish photo

The defending state champion Barneveld girls basketball team is unbeaten with new coach Doug Pickarts and Nebraska recruit Hannah Whitish.

Doug Pickarts said Friday he has stepped down from coaching girls volleyball and girls basketball at Barneveld.

Barneveld athletic director Randy Gabel said Pickarts stepped down for personal reasons. Barneveld plans to interview candidates within the next week or so, Gabel said.

Pickarts said in an email he isn’t certain whether he will retire from coaching.

“I love coaching kids and if something interesting comes up, I would certainly look into it,” said Pickarts, adding he’s seeking a mathematics teaching job closer to DeForest, where he previously worked as a teacher and coach.

His youngest daughter, Taryn Pickarts, is a senior at Barneveld and will graduate this school year.

He compiled a 58-21 record in girls basketball in three seasons in Barneveld and said he was 453-232 overall, including 10 Badger Conference titles at DeForest.

In his first season, Barneveld was WIAA Division 5 state runner-up in 2016. The Golden Eagles won two regional titles and a Six Rivers East Conference title in the three years.

“Barneveld has been very good to me and a positive experience for me and my family,” he said.

Pickarts was hired at Barneveld in 2015, becoming the girls basketball coach after Jim Myers switched from coaching the girls team to the boys team. Pickarts spent 28 years coaching athletics in DeForest and led the Norskies to four WIAA state appearances in basketball and a state appearance in volleyball.


Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.