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.
Coach Ryan is also a tremendous leader off the court. Since joining Coaches vs. Cancer in 2007, Coach Ryan and his team of Wisconsin Coaches have raised over $1.5 million. And this year, Coach Ryan was recognized as the National 2012-2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Coach of the Year at the Final Four on April 8, 2013. Coach Ryan’s leadership has helped the Wisconsin Coaches vs. Cancer Gala become the nation’s largest, raising over $690,000 in 2013. In 2012, Coach Ryan and his wife Kelly also issued a Charity Stripe Challenge to get students involved. Students were challenged to ‘Make Bo Pay’ – The Ryan family pledged to donate $1 for every student who attended, $10 for every free throw made and $1,000 for every half-court shot sunk. The event was a huge success and the Ryan Family made a $42,000 personal donation to the Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin program. Coach Ryan’s leadership has had a tremendous impact on the fight against cancer in Wisconsin.
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.
Two years ago, Jeter directed his team to win 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 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.
“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.