Troy Wink has 17 years of varsity coaching experience and eight years of knowledge as an athletic director, so he is well prepared to take over as the Somerset varsity boys basketball coach.

Wink has spent the past two years as an assistant coach for Somerset boys basketball, football and baseball teams. He said he plans to continue in his roles in the football and baseball coaching staffs.

Wink is a Glenwood City native who graduated from UW-River Falls. Prior to coming to Somerset two years ago, he taught and coached in Frederic for 17 years. Wink was Frederic's varsity girls basketball coach for 17 years. He was the varsity track coach for eight years and he was an assistant football coach for 16 years. He also served as Frederic's athletic director for eight years. He taught K-5 physical education and tenth grade health.

At Somerset, Wink teaches phy ed for seventh and eighth graders and the kindergarten classes, along with eighth grade health.

Wink said he and his wife, a Hudson native, wanted to move closer to their parents, which is why they decided to take positions in Somerset. His wife is a high school secretary. They have two sons, one a sophomore and one in seventh grade.

Wink learned about basketball under long-time Glenwood City coach Fred Booth.

"The way Fred groomed kids and taught values, you wanted to play for him," Wink said. "He was involved in the program from the youth on up. In Frederic I tried to mirror that."

Wink said it's important to build a strong foundation to the program and he plans to be involved in all levels of the program.

"It's not about winning at the younger levels. It's about building relationships and making it fun," Wink said.

The Spartans are slated to return 15 of the 19 players from last winter's varsity and JV teams. Wink said 48 boys signed up for the team when he had his first meeting with the team last Monday. His first parent meeting is planned for Wednesday, June 5. The summer basketball camp for middle school and high school players in Somerset will happen on Monday, June 10. That's when the summer lifting program will also begin.