Big weekend coming up for GB Phoenix

There is plenty of opportunity to watch Green Bay basketball in action this Hall-of-Fame Weekend. Men’s basketball will host Oakland on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Resch Center and Detroit Mercy, Saturday, Jan. 18 at Noon at the Resch. The Phoenix women host IUPUI at 7 p.m. Friday and UIC, Sunday at 1 p.m. for Alumni Day. Both of those games are at the Kress Center. See more at greenbayphoenix.com. Green Bay Athletics is set to induct seven former Phoenix greats to the Athletics Hall of Fame on January 18, 2020. This will be the 21st induction class in the Hall of Fame’s history. The announced 2020 class includes women’s soccer player Lisa Boeser ’96, softball player Katie Stauber (Cooney) ’10, men’s swimmer Zach Hansen ’04, former athletics administrator Marilyn McCarey, men’s Nordic skier Santiago Ocariz ’10, men’s soccer player Joshua Okoampa ’06 and women’s basketball standout Julie Wojta ’12. These seven inductees will be recognized for their athletics achievements, contributions and accomplishments during their successful time at Green Bay. More here. Your final chance to see the Swimming and Diving teams in action at home is this weekend with a Saturday, Jan. 18 meet at 1 p.m.

Phoenix Athletics announces plans to celebrate UWGB’s 50th


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of UW-Green Bay, the Green Bay Athletic Department has announced a number of new initiatives for the 2015-16 season:

For the first time since 2011, Green Bay Athletics will induct a new class into the Athletics Hall of Fame this coming winter, scheduled for a home basketball weekend. Nominations are open to the public.

The department will release a list of its Top 50 moments in Phoenix athletics history.

Fans can enjoy free admission to all home Green Bay soccer games for both the men and the women.


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Reunion of 1994 NCAA team adds to big weekend

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The annual alumni reunion game of former Phoenix men’s basketball players is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 1) at the Resch Center. The scrimmage, as always, is free and open to the public, taking place hours before the nationally televised Green Bay-Wright State showdown on the same court later in the day.

This year’s event promises something special. It’s a 20th anniversary reunion of Hall of Fame Coach Dick Bennett’s most famous squad — the 1994 team that made national headlines with its shocking upset of the heavily favored California Golden Bears in what was acclaimed at the time as one of the greatest upsets in NCAA Tournament history.

Virtually every player from that team has committed to return for the weekend’s activities, which include a private team dinner and the afternoon alumni game. Additionally, members of the 1994 team will be introduced and invited to center court for recognition by the Resch Center crowd during halftime of the Phoenix-Raiders Horizon League matchup.

Members of the 1994 team who have indicated they will participate in Saturday’s events are Ben Berlowski, Gary Grzesk, Eric Jackson, Eric LeDuc, Jeremy Ludvigson, Sam Maddox, Luke Madsen, John Martinez, Jeff Nordgaard, Rico Rondorf, Logan Vander Velden, Pete Wade, Chris Westlake and Jeff Zavada.

It was on St. Patrick’s Day in 1994 that the Phoenix, wearing green, beat Cal 61-57 in an NCAA first-round game in Ogden, Utah. Cal was led by a pair of All-Americas in future NBA all-star Jason Kidd and lottery pick Lamond Murray, but a fierce UW-Green Bay defense anchored the upset. The Phoenix rallied to take Syracuse to the wire two days later but was eliminated from the tournament, 64-59, and finished the season 27-7. Along the way, the “little team that could” (a phrase actually used by some major media outlets) put UWGB on newspaper headlines and ESPN broadcasts nationwide, and rallied Green Bay community support for the University.

Saturday’s alumni game is a prelude to the 6 p.m. matchup between conference-leading Green Bay (17-4, 7-1 HL) and Wright State (13-11, 5-4 HL). The first 3,000 fans on Saturday will receive a free Whiteout 6th Fan t-shirt. All fans are encouraged to wear white to the game, which will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association is sponsoring an all-University alumni reception at 5 p.m. at the Resch for fans who hold tickets to the game.

Congratulations to Lou LeCalsey, two-time Hall of Famer

Long before he was president and CEO of Tufco Technologies or president of the board of directors of the new UW-Green Bay Foundation, Lou LeCalsey was a star athlete and soccer coach. As founding coach of UW-Green Bay soccer, he launched the program to national prominence beginning with its very first season in 1969, and earned induction into the Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2000. On Friday, Sept. 23, in Lancaster, Pa., LeCalsey will receive another honor.  During Homecoming Weekend at his alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College, he will be welcomed into that school’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The 1962 graduate was an all-conference goalkeeper for the Diplomats and ranked among the nation’s leaders in saves per game. For the full story, click here.
 

Double the honors for LeCalsey with second hall of fame award

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Long before he was a paper industry executive and president and CEO of Tufco Technologies, or chairman of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and, now, president of the board of directors of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Lou LeCalsey was a star athlete and standout coach.

As founding coach of UW-Green Bay soccer, he launched the program to national prominence beginning with its very first season in 1969. Those contributions, along with his ongoing history of active involvement and professional and civic achievement, earned LeCalsey induction into the Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2000.

On Friday, Sept. 23, in Lancaster, Pa., LeCalsey will receive another honor.  During Homecoming Weekend at his alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College, he will be welcomed into that school’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

The 1962 graduate was an all-conference goalkeeper for the Diplomats. He annually ranked among the nation’s leaders in saves per game, finishing 12th in 1959 and seventh in 1960.  Today, fifty years since his senior season, he still owns the Franklin & Marshall school record for saves in a career, single season, and game. (He stopped 31 shots in a match vs. Swarthmore.)

In subsequent years, LeCalsey gave back to the Diplomats program by serving as a part-time goalkeeping coach for soccer, and as president of the Franklin & Marshall Varsity Club, a friend- and fund-raising organization.

LeCalsey is one of seven new inductees. F&M officials say the selection committee chose from more than 150 nominations, including a flurry of new candidates.

“We are delighted to welcome a tremendous class of superior student-athletes into the Hall of Fame,” said Director of Athletics Patricia S.W. Epps. “This may have been one of the most difficult years of voting.”

For the full news release about this year’s inductees into the F&M hall of fame, click http://www.godiplomats.com/trad/hall/releases/2011class1

Phoenix Hall of Fame inducts late coach Butch Reimer

The late Everett “Butch” Reimer was posthumously inducted into the Phoenix Hall of Fame on Friday night in a ceremony held at The Marq. Reimer was inducted as the lone member of the Class of 2011 and the 71st Hall of Famer in the 18 years. Reimer passed away on Oct. 19, 2010 after a battle with acute myogenic leukemia. Reimer most recently worked as the head Nordic ski coach from 2006 until the time of his passing. He also coached the Nordic ski program from 1988-98 and served as the head softball coach from 1996-2002. In his years leading the ski program, 33 men and women qualified for the NCAA Championships and his teams won two regional championships and two conference titles. Three of Reimer’s former student-athletes — Nordic skier Dr. Philip Gallagher, softball player Debbie Kind Urben and current Nordic skier Carolyn Freemann — reflected on how Reimer impacted their lives.  See photo gallery and more.