UWFox Names Gerhardt Men’s Basketball Coach
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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley has named Art Gerhardt as its men’s basketball coach for the 2008-2009 season. Gerhardt brings over 30 years of coaching experience to the Cyclones’ program. His background includes 17 years as a high school varsity coach, and several years as an assistant coach and head coach at the collegiate level.
Pam Massey, athletic director and associate professor of physical education at UWFox, said, “ The UWFox athletic department is happy to welcome Art Gerhardt as our new men’s basketball coach. We’re excited about the experience that Art brings with him, and we are looking forward to him helping us continue the building of our men’s basketball program.”
Gerhardt graduated from West Bend HS and attended UW-Washington County (West Bend). He later transferred to UW-Stevens Point where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee).
Gerhardt holds two lifetime Wisconsin teaching licenses, and taught at Hartford Central School and Lakeside School (Hartford, WI), Weston HS (Cazenovia, WI), and Waupun HS (Waupun, WI) during his 30 year teaching career.
Gerhardt was the head boys’ varsity basketball coach for five years and head softball coach for three years at Weston HS; head boys’ varsity basketball coach for nine years, freshman girls basketball coach for two years, varsity girls’ basketball coach for three years, and freshman softball coach for three years at Waupun HS. He was the seventh grade girls’ basketball coach for two years, freshman boys’ basketball coach for two years, junior varsity boys’ basketball coach for four years, and junior varsity softball coach for five years at Oakfield (WI) HS.
Gerhardt was an assistant men’s basketball coach at UW-Washington County from 1977 to 1979, before returning as the program’s head coach at the campus from 1994 to 1997.
The UWFox Cyclones participate in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference (WCC) and the Wisconsin Junior College Athletic Association (WJCAA). The WCC is an athletic conference made up of the 13 University of Wisconsin Colleges campuses with in the University of Wisconsin System. The teams compete in soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, and golf. The campuses also compete in the Wisconsin Junior College Athletic Association (WJCAA), which is a combination of the WCC and the Wisconsin Technical College Conference. All teams are considered junior colleges and athletes are only eligible for 2 years.
UWFox is the second largest of the UW Colleges campuses, with an enrollment of approximately 1,700 students. In addition to offering a strong freshman and sophomore curriculum, the campus also offers bachelor’s degrees in organizational administration, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and American studies through collaborations with several of the four-year UW System universities.
The 2008-2009 Cyclones men’s basketball schedule begins November 7, with the Fond du Lac tournament and concludes on February 21-22 with the WJCAA State Tournament in Madison. The overall schedule includes 27 games, with 12 home games to be played on the newly installed wooden floor put in place last month.