Head Coach Bob Semling Head Coach
Over the past six seasons, the 2010 NABC and D3hoops.com Coach of the Year, Bob Semling, has directed one of the premier programs in Division III, guiding the Pointers to their third national title in seven seasons with a 78-73 victory over Williams College in 2010. Semling has posted a 145-33 record in his first six seasons at the helm for UWStevens Point and has won three Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regularseason and four tournament titles. This summer Semling was also named as one of the nation’s top 25 non-Division I coaches according to collegeinsider.com’s Jason Belzer.
CAREER HIGHLIGHS -145-33 career record (.815) -2010 DIII National Champion -2010 National Coach of the Year -Two-time WIAC Coach of the Year
Coach Semling has twice been named the WIAC Coach of the Year, most recently following 2008-09 campaign. In 2010, Semling earned National Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Pointers to a 29-4 finish. The Pointers have appeared in the top 10 of the D3hoops.com poll 36 straight times and have been in the top 25 for 75 straight polls. The Pointers ranked in the top five 10 of the 14 polls conducted in 2009-10. Along with the 145-33 record, the Pointers have achieved some amazing statistical feats, leading NCAA Division III in both free-throw percentage and fewest turnovers per game in two of Semling’s first three seasons. UW-Stevens Point set an NCAA Division III record in 2006-07 by shoot ing 82.3 percent after leading the country at 79.2 percent in 2005-06. UW-Stevens Point was the only schools among 1,187 NCAA and NAIA programs to shoot better than 80.1 percent at the free-throw line. The Pointers also averaged just 10.2 turnovers per game in 2007-08 (third in the nation) and committed just 8.5 turnovers per game the previous season. The Pointers also had a NCAA Division III best 1.54 assist-toturnover ratio.
from Jack Bennett and guided a relatively fresh group of players back near the top of the WIAC standings with a third-place league finish and 17-10 overall record. Semling is actually in his second stint with the Pointers’ coaching staff, sandwiching both tenures around eight years at the Division I level. Semling was an assistant coach at UW-Stevens Point under Bob Parker from 1988-95 as the Pointers posted a 127-63 record, including a 27-2 mark in 1991-92. During Semling’s first tenure at UW-Stevens Point, the Pointers won two conference championships and made two NAIA national tournament appearances. He then spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at UW-Green Bay and one year as the Director of Basketball Operations at New Mexico before returning to UW-Stevens Point for the 2003-04 season. While at UW-Green Bay, Semling helped the Phoenix to a Mid-Continent Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season. A Merrill, Wis., native, Semling was a threeyear starter at quarterback at UW-Eau Claire from 1977-79. As a student at UWEC, he assisted with Ken Anderson and the men’s basketball team, making NAIA Final Four appearances in each of his final two seasons. Semling then spent one season as an assistant at Park Falls High School and assisted former Pointers’ coach Jack Bennett for two seasons at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School, reaching the state tournament with both schools. Semling was the head coach at Wausau West High School for three seasons from 1985-88, winning back-to-back regional championships in his final two seasons prior to coming to UW-Stevens Point. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children, Jenna, Kreg and Lauryn.
Having served as an assistant coach with the Pointers’ back-to-back NCAA Division III championship teams in 2003-04 and 200405, Semling took over the reins in 2005-06
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Asst. Coach Kent Dernbach Dernbach is in his first season with the UWSP men’s basketball program afer serving as the director of basketball operations at Northern Illinois University for the last three years. He will serve as the top assistant for head coach Bob Semling and will assist in all aspects of the program.
Dernbach was a two-year letterwinner (200103) at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. The Red Men compiled a 46-8 record with two CCIW (College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) championships and a berth in the 2002 NCAA Division III Final Four during Dernbach’s career.
Prior to NIU, Dernbach spent two seasons at George Mason University.
Following his playing career, became an assistant coach at North Central High School in Paddock Lake, Wis. He occupied the same role at Whetstone High School in Columbus, Ohio, during the 2004-05 season.
During Dernbach’s time at George Mason, the Colonials posted back-to-back 20-win seasons, captured the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. GMU’s 2009 recruiting class was tabbed the No. 1 ranked non-BCS class in the nation, and its existing players helped build an APR score that was rated among the top 10 percent in the NCAA Division I ranks.
The Almond, Wis., native graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and psychology from Carthage in May 2004 and completed his master’s degree in physical activity and educational services from The Ohio State University in June 2006.
Dernbach is married to the former Amanda Prior to his tenure at George Mason, Dernbach Turzinski. served a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., where he was the primary recruiter and helped mentor two all-conference players and two league rookies of the year.
Asst. Coach Dane Seckar-Anderson Dane Seckar-Anderson is in his first year as a graduate assistant coach for the Pointers. The Oshkosh native played at the collegiate level for UW-Oshksoh and University of North Dakota. He was named a first team All-WIAC performer his senior season along with third team All-West Region by D3hoops.com in 2009.
Seckar-Anderson recently completed his undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a degree in speech communication. He is currently pursuing his masterâ€™s degree at UW-Stevens Point in public relations.
In his final year with the Titans in 2009, he started all 27 games and averaged 31.5 minutes per game, third-most on the team. He averaged 16.1 points per game and pulled in 173 rebounds, 6.4 per contes.
Asst. Coach Scott hoelzel Scott Hoelzel is in his first year as graduate assistant coach for the Pointers in 2011-12. Hoelzel appeared in 100 games, starting 60, for UW-Stevens Point in his four-year career. He was a member of the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship team along with three Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship teams.
For his career, he averaged 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds and ranks second in school history in highest field goal percentage in a season at 67.6 percent. The Kaukauna native is currently pursuing his masterâ€™s degree in business administration through University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He recently completed his undergraduate degree at UWSP.
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Dan Tillema #14 2010-11: Appeared in 28 games, starting 18 before suffering a season ending injury … Averaged 9.9 points per contest and 4.0 rebounds … Had 35 assists and 21 steals … Had a career-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, four rebounds and four seals at UW-Oshkosh on Jan. 22 … Shot 5-of-7 from the field including 4-of-5 from the charity stripe scoring 15 points and added six rebounds in a victory over UW-Eau Claire … Collected a season-high 10 rebounds and added seven points at UW-Superior on Jan. 15. 2009-10: Played in 25 games, averaging 14.3 minutes per contest … Averaged 6.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game … Shot 50.5 percent from the field, 61.5 from three-point range and 84.8 from the free-throw line … Scored in double digits seven times … Recorded a double-double, scoring 18 points and collecting 10 rebounds, going 12-of-13 from the free-throw line in a victory over Elmhurst … Helped the Pointers win the NCAA DIII National Championship by shooting 5-of-6 from the field for 15 points and added four rebounds and three assists against Williams in the title game.
Position: Guard/Forward Height: 6-4 WEIGHT: 195 Class: Senior Hometown: Randolph, WI High School: Randolph
2008-09: Played for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time letterwinner in basketball … Averaged 17.6 points per game, six rebounds per game and three assists per game … Conference MVP junior and senior year … All-conference performer … Third team all-state and all-area MVP senior year … First team all-area as a junior … Three-time state champion … High school coach Bob Haffele. PERSONAL: Undecided major … Parents are Bob and June … Brother to teammate Tyler Tillema.
Jordan Brezinski #45 2010-11: Appeared in 27 games averaging 13.2 minutes per contest … Scored 6.8 points per game while setting a school record for field goal percentage, connecting on 67.9 percent of his shots … Averaged 3.0 rebounds per contest … Had 14 assists, 10 steals and 10 blocks … Scored a career-high 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor against Simpson Dec. 29 … Had a team-high 13 points and six rebounds in a victory over Linfield Dec. 30 … Went 6-for-6 from the field with team-highs in points (15) and rebounds (7) against St. Thomas on Dec. 22. 2009-10: Played in 24 games averaging 7.5 minutes per contest … Averaged 2.8 points per game along with 1.1 rebounds … Scored 10 points and collected five rebounds in a victory over Wisconsin Lutheran … Scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting on Jan. 9 against UW-La Crosse. 2008-09: Appeared in 16 games … Averaged 5.0 minutes per game … Shot 70.0 percent from the free-throw line … Scored season-high 12 points against St. John’s on Nov. 15.
Position: Center Height: 6-8 WEIGHT: 240 Class: Senior Hometown: Muskego, WI High School: Muskego
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time letterwinner in basketball … Played on the SEC North Conference Championship team in 2007 … Named a two-time all-conference and all-suburban player … Earned Second Team All-Waukesha County honors twice … Named all-state honorable mention and earned the SEC Sportsmanship Award senior year … Selected for the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star Game … Honor roll student … High school coach Jeff Adam. PERSONAL: Business administration major … Parents Phil and Sally.
Tyler Tillema #4 2010-11: Appeared in 29 games, starting 19 … Averaged 22.3 minutes per contest while scoring 9.1 points per game … Averaged 2.9 rebounds per game … Finished second on team with 2.3 assists per games and 16 blocks … Had 25 steals … Had a career-high 18 points while leading the Pointers to a victory over Lawrence in the season opener … Scored 16 points and collected a season-high nine rebounds in a victory over Ramapo in Las Vegas … Finished with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and collected five rebounds in a win at UW-Eau Claire on Feb. 9 … Led team in assists eight games. 2009-10: Played in 19 games … Averaged 6.2 minutes per contest … Averaged 1.8 points per game along with one rebound while shooting 85.7 percent from the free-throw line … Scored a season-high seven points with three assists in a victory over Wisconsin Lutheran on Dec. 19.
Position: Guard Height: 6-3 WEIGHT: 175 Class: Junior Hometown: Randolph, WI High School: Randolph
HIGH SCHOOL: Played basketball, golf and track … Averaged 17.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg senior year … Three-time all-conference selection … WBCA All-State selection as a junior and senior … Played on state championship team with brother Dan in 2007 … Had a 3.6-to-1 assist to turnover ratio as a senior … High school coach Bob Haffele. PERSONAL: Undecided major … Parents are Bob and June … Brother to teammate Dan Tillema.
Jordan Giordana #12 2010-11: Appeared in all 30 games … Averaged 15.3 minutes per contest … Scored 5.1 points per game and collected 1.2 rebounds per game … Had 16 steals … Shot 47.9 percent (34-for-71) from three-point range and connected on 93.8 (30-32) of his free throw attempts … Tied a career-high with 17 points, connecting on five three-pointers, and had two assists in a victory over UW-Superior … Scored 14 points and had three rebounds at UW-Stout on Dec. 1. 2009-10: Played in 25 games, averaging 5.9 minutes per contest … Averaged 2.3 points per game and shot 40.5 percent from the field … Scored a career-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and was 4-of-7 from three as he helped the Pointers defeat UW-Stout on the road Feb. 3 … Knocked down four of five three-point attempts and pulled down three rebounds en route to scoring 14 points against Wisconsin Lutheran.
Position: Guard Height: 5-10 WEIGHT: 180 Class: junior Hometown: Kaukauna, WI High School: Kaukauna
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner … All-time leading scorer at Kaukauna with 1,285 points … 200 three-point field goals made … Averaged 88 percent on free throws … Averaged 21.1 points per game senior year … Three-time all-conference performer … Team captain … WBCA North All-Star … NCAA First Team Academic/Athletic program … 2009 conference champion … All-area performer … Valedictorian … High School coach Michael Schalow. PERSONAL: Business administration major … Parents are Reed and Linda Giordanna … Volunteer for Special Olympics and other community services … Father Reed played quarterback for the Pointers football team from 1974-77 and had his number 14 retired.
Matt Resch #35 2010-11: Appeared in 12 games … Averaged 1.8 minutes per appearance … Collected five rebounds … Scored three points against St. Norbert in the first round of the NCAA DIII Tournament. 2009-10: Played in eight games averaging 1.8 minutes per contest … Scored two points and collected two rebounds on Dec 19 against Wisconsin Lutheran. HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner … Scored 1,014 career points … Averaged six rebounds per game … Three-time all-conference performer … Conference MVP senior year … Second team all-area by the Appleton Post Crescent … WBCA North All-Star … High school coach Mike Flanagan. PERSONAL: Undecided major … Parents Bill and Sue.
Position: Forward Height: 6-4 WEIGHT: 200 Class: Junior Hometown: Weyauwega, WI High School: Weyauwega-Fremont
Jason Ziemer #33 2010-11: Did not play.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner … Scored 1,374 points and collected 767 rebounds in his career … Scored 39 points in one game … First team all-area as a junior and senior and second team all-state as a junior and senior … First Team All-Badger South Conference as a sophomore and junior … First Team All-Big Eight Conference as a senior … Selected to WBCA Division 1 All-State team … Played on the WBCA Division 1 All-Star Team … Back-to-back state appearances as a freshman and sophomore … High school coach Alan Buss. PERSONAL: Undecided major … Mother Barb.
Position: Forward Height: 6-4 WEIGHT: 215 Class: Sophomore Hometown: Madison, WI High School: Verona
Trevor Hass #23
2010-11 at Augustana College (SD): Appeared in 26 games, averaging 14.5 minutes per contest … Tallied 5.7 points per game and grabbed 1.2 rebounds per game … Shot 96.9 percent (31-32) from the charity stripe … Scored a career-high 17 points on five of eight shooting December 12 against Northern State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner … Bay Conference Player of the Year as a junior and senior … First team all-state as a senior and honorable mention all-state as a junior … First team all-conference as a sophomore and second team as a freshman … School and conference record holder in (career?) scoring … Averaged 24 points per game as a senior … High school coach Matt Hintz. Position: Guard/Forward Height: 6-4 WEIGHT: 190 Class: sophomore Hometown: new london, WI High School: New London
PERSONAL: Undecided major … Parents John and Heather Hass … Volunteered as a flag football coach.
Austin Ryf #3
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner … Most Valuable Player … Division 3 All-State, AP Honorable Mention All-State … First team all-area as a senior … All-Area Most Valuable Player as a junior … First team allconference as a junior and second team as a sophomore … Team MVP and captain in senior season … High school coach Nate Ryf. PERSONAL: Biology major … Parents Jeff and Cheryl Ryf … Volunteer with youth basketball program.
Position: Guard Height: 6-0 WEIGHT: 185 Class: freshman Hometown: winneconne, WI High School: Winneconne
Jordan Lutz #5
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time letterwinner … Unanimous first team all-conference selection as a junior and senior … Central Wisconsin Conference - 8 Player of the Year as a senior and junior … First team all-state senior season … Honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore and freshman … Channel 7 all-star … Averaged 15 points and seven rebounds in four years on varsity … Scored 1193 career points … Career high 28 points … High honor roll … High school coach Gregg Jensen. PERSONAL: Wildlife ecology major … Parents Wayne and Becky Lutz … Volunteered with the Special Olympics.
Position: Forward Height: 6-4 WEIGHT: 190 Class: Freshman Hometown: Amherst, WI High School: Amherst
Tyler Forsythe #10
HIGH SCHOOL: Three time letterwinner … First team all-conference as a senior and second team as a junior … All-area, honorable mention all-state, Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All Star … Played football, track and golf … Honor roll … High school coach Dan Cowley. PERSONAL: Biology major and business minor … Parents Rick and Jody Forsythe.
Position: Forward Height: 6-6 WEIGHT: 205 Class: Freshman Hometown: Iron River, WI High School: Northwestern
Nate VanHandel #31
HIGH SCHOOL: Five-time letterwinner, three in football and two in basketball … First team all-conference and second team all-area as a senior … Honorable mention as a junior … Played in WBCA Division 1 state all-star game … Led Fox Valley Association (FVA) in scoring with 15.5 points per game while grabbing six rebounds … Second Team All-FVA in football … Two-time FVA conference champion in football … High honor student … National Honors Society member … High school coach Eric Eastman. PERSONAL: Pre-physical therapy major … Parents Jerry and Lori Van Handel.
Position: Forward Height: 6-8 WEIGHT: 225 Class: Freshman Hometown: Appleton, WI High School: North
Joe Ritchay #32
Position: Guard/Forward Height: 6-3 WEIGHT: 210 Class: Freshman Hometown: Wis. Rapids, WI High School: lincoln
HIGH SCHOOL: Ten-time letterwinner—four in golf, three in basketball and three in football … Voted Player of the Year in the Wisconsin Valley Conference (WVC) and unanimous first team all-conference as a senior … Earned Honorable Mention All-WVC honors as a junior … Selected first team all-state among Division 1 players by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) as a senior … AP Honorable Mention AllState … Scored a career-high 27 points three times as a senior … Helped lead Wisconsin Rapids to a 12-0 league record and 21-2 overall mark by averaging 19.3 points per game and seven assists … Scored 763 career points … Unanimous first team all-league pick in WVC as a junior and senior while being selected Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in football … Honorable mention all-state in football … Three-time allconference in golf … Honor roll all four years … High school coach Dan Witter.
PERSONAL: Business administration major … Parents Mike and Patti Ritchay … Volunteers at youth athletic camps … Brother of former Pointer Vinny Ritchay.
Alex Richard #34
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time letterwinner ... Three-time first team all-conference and all-area ... Three-time team Most Valuable Player ... Scored 1,118 career points in 68 games ... Shot 91% from the free throw line as a senior ... Two-time conference champions ... High school coach Jeff Johnson. PERSONAL: Pre-med major ... Parents Mark and Amy.
Position: Forward Height: 6-4 WEIGHT: 210 Class: Freshman Hometown: Spring Green, WI High School: River Valley
Nick Kacala #40
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time letterwinner … Unanimous First Team All-Fox Valley Conference selection … Honorable mention all-state … Won a conference and regional championship … Averaged a double-double as a senior … High school coach Michael Schalow. PERSONAL: Undecided major … Parents Jeff and Laura Kacala.
Position: forward Height: 6-6 WEIGHT: 225 Class: Freshman Hometown: Kaukauna, WI High School: Kaukauna
Micah Parlow #42
COLLEGE: Attended Augustana College (SD) ... Did not play.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time letterwinner … First team all-conference and all-area as a senior …. Honorable mention as a sophomore …Averaged 13.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game … High honors … High school coach Matt Koepsell.
PERSONAL: Business law and business administration major … Parents John and Lydia.
Position: Forward Height: 6-6 WEIGHT: 220 Class: Freshman Hometown: DePere, WI High School: Fox Valley Luth
2011-12 UW-Stevens Point Men’s Basketball No.
Iron River, WI/Northwestern
New London, WI/New London
Wisconsin Rapids, WI/Lincoln
Spring Green, WI/River Valley
DePere, WI/Fox Valley Lutheran
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