The Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) is proud to again present Boys and Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Coach of the Year, and Men’s and Womens’ College Basketball Player of the Year awards to coaches and student-athletes in and from the state of Wisconsin who excel at the next level.
Nick Bennett of Racine St. Catherine’s and Otto Hopfinger of Hustisford have been named co-Coaches of the Year in boys basketball. St. Catherine’s was a wire-to-wire number one team in the WisSports.net Boys Basketball Coaches Poll, capping off a 28-1 season with a Division 3 state championship. The Angels beat Wrightstown 53-44 in a state semi-final before taking down Lake Country Lutheran 68-49 in the title game.
Hustisford emerged as a favorite in the reconfigured Division 5, and the Falcons put on a show at the state tournament in La Crosse. After getting past Wauzeka-Steuben 65-53 in the semi-finals, Hustisford posted a dominating 69-35 win against McDonell Central to claim the title. It was the program’s first state tournament appearance.
After guiding Lake Mills to a 25-2 record and the Division 3 state championship, its first in school history, Brandon Siska was named the Girls Basketball Coach of the Year by the WBCA. The L-Cats had an impressive run to the title, defeating Prairie du Chien, Marshall, Howards Grove, and La Crosse Aquinas in a span of nine days. All were ranked in the Top 10 at the time.
Greg Gard from the University of Wisconsin was named the Division 1 Men’s Coach of the Year, while Kyle Rechlicz of UW-Milwaukee was selected as the Division 1 Women’s Coach of the Year.