Countdown continues with more Phoenix Phactoids

The countdown to our 50th anniversary continues. New since our last edition of the Log:
• The amazing UW-Green Bay women’s basketball program had its two greatest seasons earlier this decade, with a trip to the Sweet 16 one year and an AP Top 10 finish the next. For a vintage photo and more.
• Did you know early UWGB had its own marching band? Yes, and the hometown Green Bay Packers supported the effort.
UW-Green Bay on the West Side? An early frontrunner at the time of site selection in the mid-1960s was land near Highway 41 and West Mason Street.
Childcare on campus: For a quarter century a facility existed on campus to provide daytime childcare for faculty, staff and students. (Patricia Schoenbeck, director of the center, shares recollections of those days.)
• Students at the new UW-Green Bay reacted with a peaceful march, candelight vigil and a series of meetings and teach-ins to the May 1970 shootings at Kent State.
• UW-Green Bay plays soccer (and not football) as its primary fall sport upon the recommendation of legendary NFL Coach Vince Lombardi, an adviser to Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner in the late 1960s.
The Legend of the Face Pot, and how some creative Creative Communication faculty started a new legend for the groundbreaking of their new academic building in the 1970s, is recalled.

Former Phoenix star Ricketts starts for Canada

The national soccer teams of the United States and Canada played a dull 0-0 draw in Tuesday night’s exhibition match in Houston, so you are to be forgiven (if not applauded) if you missed the telecast. More interesting was the presence of a former UW-Green Bay soccer star in Canada’s starting lineup. Tosaint Ricketts, 25, a native of Edmonton, plays striker for his country’s national team. Ricketts was the first former Phoenix soccer player to make a national team squad. He was a top scorer and two-time all-league selection for UW-Green Bay, concluding his eligibility in 2009. He has played professionally in Finland and Romania and signed last fall with Valerenga in Norway’s top league. Read more.

Olympian, Phoenix assistant coach Sesselmann featured in Journal Sentinel

New Phoenix assistant soccer coach and former Green Bay Notre Dame standout Lauren Sesselmann was featured in Friday’s (Oct. 5) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, talking about her career, her future and her bronze-medal turn as an Olympian for team Canada. In her new role at UW-Green Bay, Sesselmann will help a roster that includes four Canadian natives. She’s still sorting out her options when it comes to professional soccer, the story says. You can read it here.

Phoenix soccer star Walls signs pro contract with Chicago Fire

For the first time in the history of the Green Bay men’s soccer program, a former player has signed a contract with a Major League Soccer franchise as Tony Walls has inked a one-year deal with the Chicago Fire. The 2011 Horizon League Player of the Year played substantial minutes with the Fire during its six-week preseason play and has apparently earned a spot on the final roster. The Fire opens regular season play Saturday (March 17) as it travels to Olympic Stadium to battle Montreal. Read more.

Soccer standout Walls is Horizon League’s MVP

Phoenix men’s soccer player Tony Walls of Wauwatosa has been named the Horizon League Player of the Year while three of his teammates – Stuart Grable, Andrew Stone and Kirby Allen – also received honors. Wall’s six goals and five assists ranked high on the Horizon stat lists, and his all-around play won praise from teams around the conference. Read the story here.

Nice win for Phoenix men’s soccer; hosting playoff game Tuesday

The Green Bay men’s soccer team (10-6-1, 5-3 Horizon League) beat regular-season champ Valparaiso over the weekend to snare the No. 4 seed and home-field advantage in the opening round of the league tournament. The Phoenix will host No. 5 seed UIC (9-6-3, 3-4-1 HL) in the Horizon League Championship Tournament Tuesday (Nov. 8) at 7 p.m. at Aldo Santaga Stadium. For the full story.

New soccer coach Kelderman is former pro, Neenah star

Kris Kelderman has been named head coach of the UW-Green Bay men’s soccer program, AD Ken Bothof announced this week. Kelderman was a two-time state champion and the Wisconsin player of the year in 1986 at Neenah High School. He was inducted into the state soccer hall of fame in March 2010. Kelderman’s playing resume includes four years with three franchises in the top U.S. league, the MLS, including back-to-back championships while playing for D.C. United in the late 1990s. He also played professionally for the Miami Fusion, New England Revolution, Milwaukee Rampage, Milwaukee Wave, St. Louis Ambush, Tampa Bay Terror, Buffalo Blizzard and the Baltimore Blast. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1991 with a bachelor’s in sociology, and helped the Cavaliers win the national championship in 1989. He coached collegiately at George Mason University. Read more.

Playing field to boardroom, LeCalsey’s leadership benefits UW-Green Bay

In 1969, Lou LeCalsey stood on a makeshift soccer field, on a fledgling University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus, and groomed a group of eager and aspiring student/athletes into a team of national prominence. Continue reading “Playing field to boardroom, LeCalsey’s leadership benefits UW-Green Bay”