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Legacy of Jim Tietjen Lives on in Whitefish Bay Football Program

Nearly two years after Jim Tietjen passed away from brain cancer, Whitefish Bay is just two wins away from its first-ever state championship game. With a coaching staff made up of his guys, including his only son, Joey, Tietjen’s impact will certainly be felt when the Blue Dukes take the field against New Berlin Eisenhower for a WIAA Division 3 state semifinal on Friday at Kettle Moraine High School. (JSOnline)

‘Tietjstrong’ Football Tourney at Bay a Success on Many Levels

“This is what love looks like, Whitefish Bay football style. It’s Jenny Tietjen racing up and down from the press box at Lubar Stadium collecting checks and adding one column of numbers up with another. She was doing it on a warm and brilliantly sunny day at the TietjStrong Touch Football Fundraiser on May 21 that honored her late father, former Bay football coach Jim Tietjen. After all, there was a goal to reach.” (North Shore Now)

Tietjstrong Fundraiser Earns Thousands for Brain Cancer Research

“Jim Tietjen was a staple in the Whitefish Bay football community. This past Winter, he lost his battle with brain cancer, but this afternoon, his family made sure to carry on his football legacy today marked the first Tietjenstrong fundraiser, a touch football tournament that raised $10,000 all proceeds went to the Medical College of Wisconsin.” (WISN12)

Whitefish Bay High School Honors Late Coach with Football Fundraiser

“Playing for their coach and a cure. Last November, Whitefish Bay High School lost their prolific football coach, Jim Tietjen, to brain cancer. On Saturday, May 21st, current and former football players paid tribute. Tietjen’s impact goes far beyond the game.” (FOX6)

Whitefish Bay Coach Jim Tietjen Lent Helping Hand

“What I really admired about him was how much time he put into his craft,” (Whitefish Bay Offensive Coordinator) Jake Wolter said. “He left no stone unturned. He’d be in his film room Saturday all day and then again all day on Sunday, making sure he was prepared for our next opponent.” (JSOnline)

Friends Remember Whitefish Bay Football Coach Jim Tietjen

He was, as former Nicolet coach Dave Quam called him, “The face of Whitefish Bay football.” A Blue Duke through and through. Bay football coach Jim Tietjen barked and roared through life, demanding perfection from his players, asking for fairness from the officials and always seeking new and ingenuous ways to beat his most demanding competition. (Whitefish Bay NOW)

Whitefish Bay Coach Jim Tietjen Dies

Despite medical treatments, Tietjen made every effort to see his students play on Friday nights.”There’s probably a dozen kids out here that are special to me,” he told WISN 12 News in September. “One of the reasons I came back this year is because I had an allegiance to a few kids.” (WISN12)

“He Touched Everyone Around Him”

“Tietjen passed away as players took part in their football banquet. He died on Monday morning, but his family didn’t want the team to know until the very end of the banquet. They wanted to make sure the kids enjoyed the night — because that’s what Tietjen would have wanted.” (FOX6)

So Long, Boss: A Tribute to Jim Tietjen

Going back some 30 years, there was a self-confidence about him that to some came across as arrogance. The seemingly self-important though energetic and optimistic manner in which he called 200-plus lifeguards to duty at every summer kick-off meeting was legendary. Call it confidence or arrogance, underneath it was a genuine set of principles and values that guided everything he did. (OnMilwaukee)

Obitutary: James L. Tietjen (1954 – 2015)

Born to life February 12, 1954. Entered the fullness of Eternal Life November 30, 2015. Loving son of George A. and Corrine Tietjen. Dear brother of William and the late Thomas Tietjen. Jim was married to his best friend and loving wife, Debra (Snyder) Tietjen for 38 years. Together they raised five loving children; Katherine (Barclay) Tylicki, Joseph, Molly (Zach) Bobeck, Margaret, and Jennifer Tietjen. He was the proud grandpa of Beckett Tylicki. He will be missed by his best pal, Goose. Further survived by other relatives and friends. (JSOnline)

Battling Cancer, Whitefish Bay Football Coach Jim Tietjen Pushes Through Adversity

[Jim Tietjan] usually wakes up around 4 a.m. and makes his to-do list, takes a shower, gets a shave and eventually heads to his doctor’s appointment. The 61-year-old is battling brain cancer. He takes a chemotherapy pill each day at home and receives radiation treatments five days a week at Froedtert Hospital. … It takes a lot out of him, but before his day is done he heads to the football field, asking a little more of himself just as coaches often do of their players. (JSOnline)

 Jim Tietjen Inspires Whitefish Bay Football Team (Photo Slideshow)

Photos from the Whitefish Bay football practice, where Jim Tietjen is coaching despite a brain cancer diagnosis two months ago. (JSOnline)