In his 12 seasons at the University of Wisconsin, Bo Ryan has led the Badgers to heights not reached in Madison in many years. Each season further establishes UW as a major player on the national scene and Ryan as one of the top coaches in the country. The Badgers have appeared in the NCAA tournament in each of Ryan's 12 seasons, advancing to five Sweet 16s and the Elite Eight in 2005. Ryan's 16 NCAA tournament wins are a school record, and he is the first coach in UW history to lead a team to multiple Sweet 16 appearances. On March 9th, 2012, in the 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament quarterfinals the Badgers defeated the Hoosiers making Ryan Wisconsin's all-time wins leader passing Bud Foster. Ryan currently has over 300 wins with the Badgers.
Ryan’s 35 years of excellence in the state of Wisconsin were recognized in October of 2011 as he rightly took his place in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Hall of Fame.
“I’m honored to be a part of such a great event for such a worthwhile cause,” Ryan said. “With cancer touching so many people in so many different ways, it’s comforting to know that this event will benefit the American Cancer Society programs and services in the state of Wisconsin. Our goal is to make this a very successful event by combining the efforts of different coaches, staffs and college campuses throughout the state.”
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Rob Jeter has made his mark on the basketball program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee during his seven seasons in charge. That mark has now led the Panthers to a pair of 20-win seasons in the past three years and two-straight postseason berths. This past year, UWM finished 20-14 and claimed a spot in the College Basketball Invitational.
A year ago, Jeter directed his team to wins in their final nine league regular season games, earning the regular season league title along with the top seed and hosting rights for the league tournament. He also collected his 100th career win in the regular season finale.
Jeter was then recognized widely for his efforts, earning League Coach of the Year honors as well as being named the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division I Coach of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Hugh Durham Coach of the Year Award, the Ben Jobe Award and the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award.
“I am happy to take the role of co-hosting an event to raise awareness for such an important cause,” Jeter said. “The Coaches vs. Cancer concept has provided great awareness about the fight against cancer, and I am happy to team up with some of my fellow coaches in the state to raise that awareness even further. It is great to see this event become a reality and I trust we will receive plenty of support from those in the basketball community and across the state of Wisconsin.”
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
In seven seasons as head coach, Luke Reigel has resurrected the UW-Parkside men’s basketball program and has returned it to the national map. In 2006-07, Reigel guided the Rangers to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. As a result of his team’s accomplishment, he was named the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Coach of the Year.
“This is an incredible opportunity for people from all around the state, and basketball fans from each of these schools, to come together and support a cause that is very near and dear to so many of us,” said Reigel. “It is very difficult to find a family that hasn’t been affected by this disease, and as a part of the Coaches vs. Cancer organization we hope to continue to raise money and awareness to help find a cure.”
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
Jeff Gard was named the 13th Head coach in Pioneer history on June 9, 2009 after serving as a UW-P assistant for the previous six seasons. He spent the previous two as the associate head coach.
In his first year, Gard led the Pioneers to the 14-12 record, the third most wins by a UWP first year coach in school history. The team set a new record for free-throw percentage and finished fifth in the WIAC.
“I am pleased to be part of such a great cause,” said Gard. “Many of my fellow coaches and friends have teamed up to join in this fight. The support systems, from fans across the state, make it all the more worthwhile to be a part of this cause. I keep thinking that we are going to find a cure for this deadly disease in my lifetime, especially with the help of all of the other coaches that are involved and the support of all of our great fans”