The countdown to our 50th anniversary continues. New since our last edition of the Log:
• The April 1982 press conference at which UWGB administrators introduced respected, well-liked assistant Dick Lien as the new men’s basketball coach would have broken the internet had it occurred today.
• Prof. Trinidad Chavez had a Sound Idea for a show/jazz choir, and the University had itself a scholarship troupe of musical ambassadors.
• Jazz Fest has nearly a 50-year history, and with top alumni including drummer Carl Allen returning to help out, it just keeps rolling along.
• It was Sheepshead Revue for Vol. 1, No. 1 in February 1975. Now Sheepshead Review, the UW-Green Bay literary publication is enjoying arguably its greatest success.
• Care to see a picture of Tim Sewall, who is today an interim administrator in student affairs, being a good sport by wearing a hot icy-silver costume for the 2003 Chili Cookoff? We’ve got it.
• UW-Green Bay has had an impressive recent run of UW System professor-of-the-year honorees. The recognition program began in 1992, and by 1993 UWGB had its first winner: Joseph Moran of Natural and Applied Sciences.
• Time was when UWGB Summer Music Camps held their closing camp concerts behind Theatre Hall (then known as the Creative Communication Building) and borrowed a “stage” in the form of the old Green Bay Parks department’s “Showmobile.” We have a photo.
Head coach Beth Spoehr has announced the addition of Greg Bachkora to the Green Bay softball coaching staff. Bachkora, originally from Lee’s Summit, Mo., joins the Phoenix after a two-year stint with Northern Colorado where he worked as a graduate assistant and the director of softball operations. He is a graduate of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., and holds a master’s degree in physical education from Emporia State and a master’s in sports coaching from Northern Colorado.
Kim Brandao, entering her first year as head coach of Phoenix women’s soccer, announced her 2015 schedule this week. It opens with home exhibition games at 2 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 9) vs. Viterbo and 6 p.m. next Wednesday vs. Northern Illinois. Following a road trip including the regular-season opener Aug. 21 at Northern Iowa, the first official home action is 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 vs. St. Mary’s (Calif.).
UW-Green Bay has named Reed Robelot its next head swimming and diving coach, Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie has announced. Robelot joins the Phoenix following a successful five-year stint as an assistant coach with ACC member Virginia Tech, where he helped the Hokies to three-consecutive top-25 finishes for both the men’s and the women’s teams. Robelot takes over from Jim Merner, who announced his retirement on May 8 to cap a successful 25-year career. For more on the coach.
Local fishing guide Ryan Grant (oldest son of UW-Green Bay staff member Poppy Grant) took TV-26 personality John Maino fishing recently with special guest Kevin Borseth, head coach of Green Bay women’s basketball. Borseth boated a nice Great Lakes spotted muskie, and TV-26 aired a nice segment on the coach’s big catch.
Green Bay men’s basketball head coach Linc Darner has announced the program’s coaching staff for the 2015-16 season. Randall Herbst, Richard Davis and Ben Swank have been named assistant coaches while Rion Rayfield will serve as the director of operations. Herbst, a native of Beaver Dam, worked under Darner at Florida Southern from 2006-07, coaching most recently at Nebraska-Omaha. Davis, also previously a Darner assistant, brings seven seasons of head coaching experience at Saint Joseph’s (Ind.). Swank will be serving on Darner’s staff for the third consecutive season. Rayfield, a native of Burlington, Wis., played for Darner at Florida Southern. For details.
As we reported earlier, Tuesday’s Phoenix-Packers Steak Fry at the Lambeau Field Atrium was a record-breaking affair, with attendance of 955 and $150,000 raised for intercollegiate athletics at UW-Green Bay. NFL hall of famer Dave Robinson, former Packers stars Lynn Dickey and Paul Coffman, team CEO Mark Murphy and current starters Mike Daniels and Cory Linsley were among the VIPs in attendance. Also present was new men’s basketball coach, Linc Darner, who made his first major public appearance in Green. TV-2 talked to Darner, and also to holdover starter Carrington Love, the team’s top returning scorer. “He’s a straight forward guy. Honesty is one of his characteristics,” Love said. “You know he knows his stuff.”
Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie introduced new Phoenix men’s basketball coach Linc Darner to a roomful of staff, supporters and media representatives Wednesday morning (April 15) at the Kress Events Center. The former Florida Southern head coach shared brief remarks and then answered media questions from the lectern and in a series of one-on-one interviews. Intercollegiate Athletics has Darner’s opening statement, along with some of the Q&A archived.
On Tuesday (April 21) the Green Bay Phoenix Athletics Department and the Green Bay Packers will partner again to host the 15th Annual Phoenix Packers Steak Fry at the Lambeau Field Atrium beginning at 5 p.m. The annual joint venture supports the Phoenix Fund, the principal fund for student-athlete scholarships and program support. Over the past 14 years, the proceeds from this event have yielded nearly $900,000, including more than $81,000 in 2014. Individual tickets are on sale for $100 each. Newly hired basketball coach Linc Darner is expected to make his Steak Fry debut.
By now you have probably heard that Brian Wardle has left UW-Green Bay to accept the men’s basketball head coaching position at Bradley University. A national search for his replacement is already underway. Read more.