Varsity Boys Basketball
Coach: Ashley Wojtas
This will be my 9th year coaching Varsity Boys Basketball here at Pentwater Public Schools. Coupled with my passion for sports is education. I have a major in Elementary Education and double minored in Mathematics and Integrated Sciences. I am currently the 4th-grade teacher for Pentwater Public Schools and I teach 3rd grade in a Summer Migrant Program during the summer in Kent City! I have been passionate about basketball and education since I was a young girl thanks to the support of two wonderful parents! I have been blessed to play basketball for the Kent City Basketball program, play for the West Michigan Waves in AAU, and compete at the Collegiate level at Alma College for 4 years. Pentwater is a strong basketball program that is only inspired to dream big and work harder to find success! I look forward to the upcoming season and the strong work ethic of my coaches, parents, and players. Go Falcons!
Varsity Girls Basketball
Coach: Joe Gorton
This will be my 6th year coaching basketball, my 1st as the Girls Varsity head coach. Basketball has been part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I grew up playing the game under the tutelage of a very strong basketball program in Shelby. Along with athletics, I am a HS/MS math teacher at Pentwater. I am a firm believer in the idea that the athletes I am working with are STUDENT athletes. Knowledge is an integral part of the game, and I try to foster that approach in my teaching and coaching.
When I am not actively participating in or viewing basketball games (or any other sporting event available) I am spending time with my family. My wife, Abbie, and I have been married for 9 years, and she is an elementary teacher at Shelby. I have two children, Oliver & Elliot. Happily, it seems as if my love of the game has translated to them as well, and you will often see them in the stands, cheering on our Falcons.
I am excited to continue to build our program here at Pentwater. With hard work and dedication, we can make this team soar. Go Falcons!
JV Boys Basketball
Coach: Pete Dumonte
Pete DuMonte graduated from Pentwater High School in 1976. He and his wife Jolyn (Van Gills,) a 1977 PHS graduate, the parents of two sons, Ryan and Troy, and have four grandchildren. After serving four years in the United States Marine Corps he returned to Michigan and served as junior varsity boys’ basketball coach at Pentwater for two years. He then played basketball and received his teaching degree from Bluffton University in Ohio where he received many basketball accolades, including being named to the university’s hall of fame twice. He also received his master’s degree from Bowling Green State University.
While teaching at Carey Elementary School he coached the boys’ varsity basketball team for 10 years then junior high boys’ basketball for six years. He retired from teaching after 30 years at Carey when he and his wife moved back near their hometowns.
Since retiring he has been substitute teaching at both Pentwater and Hart schools and was a paraprofessional at Hart Middle School for the 2016-17 school year.
JV Girls Basketball
Coach: Greg Chye
I have been coaching basketball for about 10 years at various levels. I am excited to continue to coach JV girls here at Pentwater. This will the second year that we have put together a program at this level in many years. I am looking forward to this next season and seeing the growth of my basketball players!
My motivation for coaching is to give back to my community that I live in and support. For me, this means giving what talents I have to encourage and motivate players. I want students to become the best potential student-athlete they can be. Success can be shown through learning, effort, dedication, and improved skill level.
8th Grade Boy’s Basketball
Coach: Bill Kolenda
Bill Kolenda is a family man with four kids, all within the Pentwater Public School. Bill Kolenda has had the privilege to coach for Pentwater youth sports for the last 11 years. His coaching focus is placed on responsibility, fundamentals, and high-energy fun.
8th Grade Girl’s Basketball
Coach: Larry Brown
I am the 7th-grade boy’s basketball coach and the 8th-grade girl’s basketball. I have coached High School Track, Football, Tennis, and Basketball. I have held the position as a Director of Recreation and Leisure and I have been the Director of Recreation and Leisure Management degree and professor at Spring Arbor University. I have served on the Oceana County Board for Parks and Recreation and I have held the position of Student Success Facilitator. I received my college education from Spring Arbor University.
I am married to Tammie and we have 2 children (Matthew and Nichole) and 5 grandchildren (Elias, Gennie, Lily, Evie, and Augustine)
7th Grade Boy’s Basketball
Coach: Chad Roberts
7th Grade Girl’s Basketball
Coach: Kerry Newberg
This is my first year coaching middle school basketball for Pentwater. I have experience coaching JV basketball and played in High School and the Junior College level. I currently coach Varsity volleyball and middle school track for Pentwater. I also coach classes at Ludington CrossFit, Ludington Spin and Yoga, and wait tables at Jamesport Brewing Company. In my spare time, I enjoy lifting weights, running, and spending time with my daughter Chloe and husband Chad.