By B.C. Kowalski
Josi Schultz made the playoffs all three years that she competed — sometimes through excruciating pain — as a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point basketball player, but she never made it to the finals.
That changed last week when she finally set foot again on the court at UWSP’s Quandt Fieldhouse, this time not as a player but as a very special coach.
It was such a special moment that she wrapped each of her players in hugs as the crowd gathered for the NCAA Women’s Championship games cheered from the stands. “I guess I finally made it to a Final Four,” Schultz told UWSP women’s basketball coach Shirley Egner with a grin.
Schultz, 23, of Eau Claire now coaches a Special Olympics basketball team through Wausau Metro, a central Wisconsin organization that helps prepare athletes for the Special Olympics, an experience she has found uniquely rewarding.