University of Wisconsin-Madison
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. With 291 victories since arriving in Madison, Ryan is the all-time wins leader at Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s success in Big Ten Play under Ryan is unmatched. With Coach Ryan at the helm, the Badgers have never finished outside the top four of the Big Ten standings. After a remarkable 2012-2013 Big Ten season, Coach Ryan was recognized as the Big Ten Coach of the Year.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Rob Jeter has made his mark on the basketball program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee during his eight seasons in charge.
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 eight seasons as head coach, Luke Reigel has resurrected the UW-Parkside men's baskebtall program and has returned it to the national map. Reigel was recently named the 2013 Jack Bennet Man of the Year Award Winner and was also awarded the Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year Award and NABC MW District Coach of the Year Honor. 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.
Reigel's squad returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2012-13, winning the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division title for the first time in program history while recording the first 20-win campaign since 1987. The 2012-13 Rangers knocked off seven ranked opponents during the year including a regular season sweep of perennial powers Kentucky Wesleyan and Southern Indiana while climbing as high as 13th in the NABC Coaches' Poll.
“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
“I am pleased to be part of such a great cause. 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.”
Over the last twelve seasons there have been two constants in the Edgewood College Men’s Basketball Program. The Todd Weir Edgedome and Coach Justin Meyer. In twelve seasons of various roles at Edgewood College, Coach Meyer has helped turn the Eagles into regular contenders for NAC Conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. During that time, the Eagles have won five conference championships, one division championship, and appeared in three NCAA National Tournaments. The 2012 team knocked off 17th ranked UW-River Falls in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, becoming the first team from the NAC to win an NCAA Tournament game. Edgewood College has appeared in five of the last nine conference championship games. During his time at Edgewood College, Coach Meyer has coached nineteen All-Conference players, fourteen honorable mention All-Conference players, seven All-Freshman team members, two Freshman of the Year, one Conference Player of the Year, and five NCAA All-Region players.
Coach Meyer originally committed to play college basketball at UW-Eau Claire before a career ending knee injury diverted him into coaching. After winning a State Championship at Catholic Central High School in 2001, Coach Meyer joined the staff at Edgewood College and has been a staple of the program ever since. Coach Meyer earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the DeVry University School of Business in 2005.
“I am happy to continue to support the relationship between Edgewood College and Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin. So many of us have been touched by cancer and I am pleased to be a part of the solution."