Multiple Teams · Congratulations Andy Kolstad – New Head Football Coach


Wauwatosa West High School is excited to announce Andy Kolstad as it’s new Head Football Coach.

On December 20, 2018, Andrew Kolstad was named the new Head Football Coach at Wauwatosa West High School.  Kolstad has been an assistant coach on staff as well as a mathematics teacher at Wauwatosa West since 2015.  Kolstad said “I cannot describe how grateful and excited I am to have this opportunity.  Phil Ertl, Frank Calarco, Jeff Gabrielsen, Matt Good, and so many others supported me at an important time in my life and allowed me to become a part of their community here in 2015.  It’s been amazing.  I am so thankful to so many people and also to my wife for doing this with me.  I have completely fallen in love with Wauwatosa and the kids that walk these hallways.  I am humbled at this opportunity and will do everything I can to help these kids.”


Coaching football exists deep in the family lineage of Kolstad.  Howard Kolstad (Andrew’s Grandfather) was the head football coach at St. Norbert College from 1969 to 1982.  His father, John, was the head football coach at Green Bay East High School form 1987 to 2008.  Andy’s brother Ben has been a head football coach in North Carolina for the past 12 years.  “Football is common topic of conversation at family gatherings,” laughed Kolstad.  “I’ve been fortunate in that my own family has taught me quite a bit about this game and the psychology that comes with it.”  


Coach Kolstad was a multi-sport athlete at Green Bay East in the early 2000s.  He graduated from East High School as a 4.0 GPA Class Valedictorian.  Kolstad went on to play quarterback and linebacker at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.  He played for John O’Grady as well as current UW-Whitewater Head Coach Kevin Bullis.

Prior to arriving at Wauwatosa West, Kolstad made coaching stops at West De Pere High School in De Pere (WI), Cary High School (NC), Holly Springs High School (NC) and was the head football coach at Grafton High School (WI).  He resides in Wauwatosa with his wife (Kacia) and his two children (Delaney 5, Myles 2).

Athletic Director Jeff Gabrielsen Commented, “We are very excited to have Andy Kolstad as our new Head Football Coach. Andy is extremely passionate about the sport of football, helping young student athletes reach their potential, and pursuing success. I have confidence that Coach Kolstad will successfully lead the Tosa West Trojans to future championships!”

Best of luck to Coach Kolstad and the entire Football Program.