Whitefish Bay Blue Dukes Football

James Tietjen Biography

Coach Jim Tietjen: InforgraphicBorn to George and Corrine Tietjen on February 12, 1954, Jim Tietjen graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 1972. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater receiving a B.S. in Education with a minor in Coaching. Tietjen began his football coaching career under future Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame (WFCA) Rudy Roytin in 1976 while student-teaching at Milwaukee Hamilton High School and stayed an additional season after graduating from Whitewater in 1977.  Hamilton had an 11-7 record in those two seasons.

In 1978, Tietjen was hired to teach at Mukwonago High School and coached with future WFCA Hall of Fame Coach Keith Hensler until 1984. He coached receivers and defensive backs, and created Mukwonago’s first strength and conditioning program.  In seven seasons with Tietjen’s assistance, Mukwonago went 47-28, won two conference championships and got to the Level III playoffs.

Tietjen accepted WFCA Hall of Fame Coach Bob Albrightson’s request to coach the defensive line at his alma mater, Whitefish Bay High School, in 1985. One season later, Albrightson stepped down and long time assistant and future WFCA Hall of Fame Coach Dick Baer became Head Coach and promoted Tietjen to Defensive Coordinator, which he held for 11 seasons. As Defensive Coordinator, Bay won conference championships in 1986, 1989 and 1993 and made Level I appearances in 1989 and 1993 and a Level II appearance in 1993.

Tietjen left Bay in 1996 and joined future Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Coach Tom Konowalski at Milwaukee Tech High School as Defensive Coordinator, winning three conference championships and earning three State play-off appearances. His desire to watch his son, Joey, play for Bay led Tietjen to leave coaching in 1998; however he didn’t stay away long, becoming the Freshman Coach at Bay in 2000 to watch Joey play.

Tietjen became Head Coach at Whitefish Bay in 2002. Entering the 2013 season his teams are 58-50. They won the conference championship in 2012, and made appearances in the Level I play-offs in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, Level II in 2004, Level III in 2011 and Level IV in 2012.  Tietjen earned North Shore Coach of the Year in 2004, 2008, and 2012 and the WFCA District 14 Coach of the Year in 2008.

Tietjen coached the defense at Whitefish Bay alongside his son Joey through the 2015 season, and soon after passed away after a brave fight with terminal brain cancer. In what would be that last game of his career, Tietjen’s Blue Dukes beat Milwaukee Lutheran 21-0.

— Wisconsin Football Coaches Association. Used by permission.