The Milwaukee Panthers are the athletic teams of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. A total of 13 Panthers athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I. The Panthers have won the James J. McCafferty Trophy as the Horizon League's all-sports champions six times since 2000.
|University||University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee|
|Athletic director||Amanda Braun|
|Basketball arena||UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena|
|Baseball stadium||Henry Aaron Field|
|Soccer stadium||Engelmann Field|
|Mascot||Pounce The Panther|
|Fight song||UWM Fight Song|
|Colors||Black and Gold|
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UWM's athletic teams are nicknamed the Panthers. UWM has had three mascots and nicknames: Green Gulls (1927–1956), Cardinals (1956–1964) and Panthers (1964–present). Before 1990, the University's athletics program spent the majority of its history at the NCAA Division III and II levels, as well as several years at the NAIA level. All non-Division I sports moved to the NCAA Division I level for the 1990–91 academic year.
From 1998–2007, the Milwaukee Panthers have qualified for NCAA Tournaments at the team level a total of 24 times in six different sports, making Milwaukee the second most successful college athletic program in the state of Wisconsin (trailing only the Wisconsin Badgers of the Big Ten Conference).
The Panthers received national media attention with an appearance in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2005 Men's Basketball NCAA Tournament. Other sports that Milwaukee competes in include baseball, women's volleyball, men's and women's cross-country, men's and women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, men's and women's Swimming and Diving, and women's tennis.
In 1988, now retired Athletic Director Bud Haidet came to the school and quickly moved the program from NAIA to NCAA Division I. Milwaukee currently ranks 162nd out of all 336 NCAA Division I schools in this year's NACDA Director's Cup standings conducted by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics(NACDA). Formerly known as the Sears Directors' Cup, the annual contest awards points for NCAA post-season appearances and performances in all sports. Milwaukee, which won the McCafferty Trophy as the Horizon League's all-sports champion four of the last six years, ranks eighth in the nation among non-Division I-A programs and second among institutions that do not sponsor football at any level. The Panthers have earned 75 total points through the fall and are just 3 points behind North Carolina State University. Milwaukee currently sits tied with several schools, including the University of Missouri, and holds a 2-point lead on Northwestern University. After picking up 50 points in women's soccer (NCAA Tournament 2nd round) and 25 points in women's volleyball (NCAA Tournament 1st round) in the fall, Milwaukee looks to maintain its edge on cross-city rival Marquette University (91st place) and catch Horizon League leader Youngstown State (66th) this spring.
|Men's Intercollegiate Sports||Team Article||Head Coach||Women's Intercollegiate Sports||Team Article||Head Coach|
|Baseball||Panthers baseball||Scott Doffek||Basketball||Panthers women's basketball||Kyle Rechlicz|
|Basketball||Panthers men's basketball||Patrick Baldwin||Cross Country||Pete Corfeld|
|Cross Country||Pete Corfeld||Soccer||Troy Fabiano|
|Soccer||Kris Kelderman||Swimming & Diving||Kyle Clements|
|Swimming & Diving||Kyle Clements||Tennis||Jeff Aranda|
|Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)||Pete Corfeld||Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)||Pete Corfeld|
As the only Division I college baseball team in the state of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Panthers have seen much success, including posting six 30-win seasons in the last nine years. They have also qualified for three NCAA Tournaments since 1999, including a win over #1 ranked Rice in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
The Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team has flourished under the helm of Athletics Director Bud Haidet and his knack for finding successful head coaches. In 1999, Haidet hired then UW–Platteville head coach Bo Ryan. In Ryan's two seasons (99–00 and 00–01) he led Milwaukee to its first back-to-back winning seasons in eight years before accepting the head coaching position for the Wisconsin Badgers.
In 2001, Bruce Pearl was hired to replace Ryan and continue the success of the previous two seasons. It took Pearl only two seasons to take Milwaukee to its first ever "Big Dance" in March 2003, where the Panthers came only a missed buzzer-beater away from pulling off a come-from-behind "12–5 upset" over Notre Dame. Milwaukee lost, 70–69, and Notre Dame went on to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in impressive fashion over fourth seeded Illinois. The following year, Pearl would lead Milwaukee to its first ever Division I postseason victory in men's basketball in the 2004 NIT with a crushing home victory over Rice, 91–53, at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
In March 2005, Milwaukee's men's basketball program entered the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament as the 12th Seed in the Midwest regional bracket. After ousting fifth-seeded Alabama in the first round and fourth-seeded Boston College (coach Bruce Pearl's alma mater) in the second round, Milwaukee entered for the first time ever the "Sweet 16". The Panthers would go on to lose to the top-seeded eventual tournament runner-up, Illinois, 77–63, in its Sweet Sixteen matchup. It was an Illinois team that included future NBA players Deron Williams, Dee Brown, James Augustine and Luther Head. In a bit of irony, The Illini's head coach, Bruce Weber beat his alma mater, Milwaukee, after Pearl did the same to Boston College a week earlier. Milwaukee's entrance into the Sweet Sixteen was due in part to Pearl's full court press playmaking style, what the Boston Globe would dub the "UWM Press". After their appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Bruce Pearl was hired by the University of Tennessee.
In March 2006, for the third time in four years, Milwaukee won the Horizon League Championship to enter the NCAA Tournament as an 11th Seed under first-year coach Rob Jeter. In the first round, the Panthers faced the sixth-seeded Oklahoma Sooners in Jacksonville, Florida, and won easily, 82–74. The Panthers never trailed against the Sooners, and led by as much as 14 late in the 2nd half. Milwaukee bowed out of the 2006 NCAA Tournament in the second round at the hands of the eventual National Champion Florida Gators.
Beginning with the 2007–08 season, Milwaukee Panthers basketball radio broadcasts moved to AM-1130 WISN, the former home of cross-town rival Marquette University. The move gives the Panthers the largest listening audience in the city of Milwaukee for their games. The Panthers were previously on 920 WOKY
The saying on the door of the locker room in the Klotsche Center reads "Take care of the little things." It was added in conjunction with the renovations of the men's basketball locker room at the Klotsche Center. It follows in the tradition of other university teams posting sayings on the way to the playing field, such as "Play like a champion today" at Notre Dame or "The Road to the Rose Bowl begins here" at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
The men's basketball team plays at the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena in downtown Milwaukee. In February 2010, plans were announced to build an on-campus arena, or update the outdated Klotsche Center. The Klotsche Center does not meet the Horizon League's 5000-seat minimum for men's basketball, and this would be among the issues to be fixed. The proposed new arena would likely be in the slot of land currently owned by Columbia St. Mary's Hospital. It is hoped that the proposed arena would bring up attendance, which has been limited especially for students because of the current off-campus facility.
For the 2012 season, with the contract to play at Arena expired, the Panthers played one season at the Klotsche Center, to help promote the viability of an on-campus arena. The move didn't work as the Panthers had a dismal season and it has been announced that the Panthers will return to the arena for the 2013–2014 season.
In 2014, UWM defied all odds by winning its first NCAA tournament bid since 2006 by winning the Horizon League tournament as the #5 seed. The Panthers, coming off a last place 8–24 season in 2012–2013, turned things around with clutch play down the stretch, defeating top seeded UW-Green Bay, and #3 seeded Wright State to capture the Horizon League's automatic bid.
In April 2014, UWM was handed a one-year postseason ban due to a low Academic Progress Rate.
After leading the Lady Panthers to their first regular-season title since 2001 and second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, Milwaukee women's basketball coach Sandy Botham was named the 2006 Horizon League women's basketball coach of the year. Botham had been voted the league's top coach two times previously in her 10 years at Milwaukee. In 2012, Botham retired as the women's basketball coach and was replaced by Kyle Rechlicz.
Milwaukee's now-defunct football program competed at the NCAA College Division (now NCAA Division II) level; due to lack of funds and a long string of losing seasons, they dropped the sport after the 1974 season. A club team exists known as Milwaukee Panther Football.
The Milwaukee men's soccer team has a rich history of achievements in its 34 years as a Division I program. Milwaukee is regularly ranked in the top 25 of the country, and was as high as eighth in 2002. Milwaukee men's soccer began the 2006 season ranked 24th in the nation. Since first fielding a team in 1973, Milwaukee men's soccer has compiled an impressive all-time record of 396–223–53 and an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 4–7–1 in eight appearances. Milwaukee has won four of the past five Horizon League Tournament Championships and four of the past six regular season crowns, as well as qualified for five consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2001–2005). In the second round of both the 2004 and 2005 NCAA Tournament, Milwaukee fell to the #1 team in the nation in either double overtime (2004, #1 UC-Santa Barbara), or in a penalty kick shootout (2005, #1 New Mexico). Both those teams eventually advanced to play in each year's national championship game. On September 13, 2006, Milwaukee smashed their previous home attendance record by more than 30% as they hosted their first-ever night match under the newly installed lights at Engelmann Field on the Milwaukee campus. Milwaukee's come-from-behind victory over Marquette, 3–2, allowed them to retain possession of the coveted Milwaukee Cup, and moved their all-time (Division I) record vs their cross-city rival to 25–7–2. The standing-room only record crowd of 3,256 broke the Engelmann Field attendance record by over 1,000. The previous mark, set in 1990, had been 2,250 fans.
Milwaukee's women's soccer team has also been a regular at the NCAA Tournament in recent years, including advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year in 2006. NWSL and former US Women's National Team forward Sarah Hagen is the most notable alumna.
The women's volleyball team at Milwaukee has also enjoyed national success in recent years, qualifying for six of the last nine NCAA Tournaments and compiling an all-time record of 867–477–7 through the end of the 2006 season.
Club sports at Milwaukee include: men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, wrestling, American football, men's volleyball, men's rugby union, women's rugby union, men's ultimate frisbee, women's ultimate frisbee, and table tennis.
The Milwaukee men's rugby union team, for the first time since its creation in 1983, won a Midwest Conference Championship and advanced to the USA Rugby Division II National Tournament for the 2005–06 season. Having beaten the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and Ohio University to qualify, the fourth-seeded Panthers competed in the 2006 USA Rugby Collegiate Championships. In 2007–2008 season the men's rugby club beat Purdue in pool play and went to the Division I playoffs for the first time since the club's creation in 1983. The women's rugby club made it to the Division II final the same year.
The 2009–10 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball represented the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee during the 2009–10 college basketball season. They were led by head coach Rob Jeter. The Panthers competed in the Horizon League and played their home games at US Cellular Arena. They finished the season 20–14, 10–8 in Horizon play and lost in the semifinals of the 2010 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament.2010–11 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team
The 2010–11 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team represented the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee during the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Rob Jeter. They played their home games at US Cellular Arena, along with one game (plus two exhibitions) at the Klotsche Center, and are members of the Horizon League. They finished the season 19–14, 13–5 in Horizon League play to share the regular season conference title with Butler and Cleveland State. They advanced to the championship game of the 2011 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament before losing to Butler. They were invited to the 2011 National Invitation Tournament where the lost in the first round to Northwestern.2012–13 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team
The 2012–13 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team represented the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Panthers, led by head coach Rob Jeter, played their home games at the Klotsche Center and were members of the Horizon League. They finished the season 8–24, 3–13 in Horizon League play to finish in last place. They lost in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament to Green Bay.2013–14 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team
The 2013–14 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team represented the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Panthers, led by head coach Rob Jeter, played their home games at the U.S. Cellular Arena and Klotsche Center and were members of the Horizon League. They finished the season 21–14, 7–9 in Horizon League play to finish in a tie for fifth place. They were champions of the Horizon League Tournament to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the second round to Villanova.2014–15 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team
The 2014–15 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team represented the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Panthers, led by tenth year head coach Rob Jeter, played their home games at the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena and the Klotsche Center and were members of the Horizon League. They finished the season 14–16, 9–7 in Horizon League play to finish in fifth place.
Due to Academic Progress Rate penalties, Milwaukee were ineligible for a postseason tournament including the 2015 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament.2015–16 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team
The 2015–16 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team represented the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Panthers, led by eleventh year head coach Rob Jeter, played their home games at the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena and the Klotsche Center and were members of the Horizon League. They finished the season 20–13, 10–8 in Horizon League play to finish in fifth place. They defeated Northern Kentucky in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament to advance to the second round where they lost to Green Bay. Despite having 20 wins, they did not participate in a postseason tournament.
On March 17, head coach Rob Jeter was fired. He finished at Milwaukee with an 11-year record of 185–170.2018–19 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team
The 2018–19 Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team represents the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Panthers, led by second-year head coach Pat Baldwin, play their home games at the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena and the Klotsche Center as members of the Horizon League.Bob Gansler
Bob Gansler (born July 1, 1941) is a Hungarian-born American soccer player and coach of German descent. He coached the U.S. National Team at the 1990 World Cup, the team's first appearance at the tournament since 1950.Demetrius Harris
Demetrius Harris (born July 29, 1991) is an American football tight end for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college basketball and club football at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, which has no college football program. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2013.Klotsche Center
The Klotsche Center (formally the J. Martin Klotsche Center) is a 3,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Opened in 1977, the arena was named after UWM's first Chancellor, J. Martin Klotsche. It is home to the Milwaukee Panthers men's and women's basketball teams and the women's volleyball team. It is part of UWM's Pavilion complex and is used heavily as a practice facility for many teams.
In June 2012, UWM announced that it would be moving its men's basketball games from U.S. Cellular Arena back to the Klotsche Center for the 2012-2013 season. To make Klotsche more suitable for Division I basketball, new scoreboards, video boards, and new padded courtside seats were installed. One year later, UWM and the Wisconsin Center District announced that men's basketball would be returning to U.S. Cellular Arena, now known as UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena.Mike Reinfeldt
Michael Ray Reinfeldt (born May 6, 1953) is a former American football player and executive. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and was the captain of the Panthers in their last season of varsity football in 1974. Reinfeldt played as a safety for eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL), with the Oakland Raiders in 1976 and with the Houston Oilers from 1976 to 1983. In 2007, he was named general manager of the NFL's Tennessee Titans. An All-Pro safety with the team from 1976 to 1983 in Houston, he re-joined the franchise after spending seven years with the Seattle Seahawks.Milwaukee Panthers baseball
The Milwaukee Panthers are an NCAA Division I college baseball team competing in the Horizon League for the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. The current head coach is Scott Doffek.
As the only Division I college baseball team in the state of Wisconsin, the Panthers have seen much success, including posting six 30-win seasons in the last nine years. They have also qualified for three NCAA Tournaments since 1999, including a win over #1 ranked Rice in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament. In 2008 the Panthers were the number five seed in the conference tournament and made the finals only to lose 16–3 to number one UIC. The 2010 team saw them reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002, only to lose to number one Arizona State and then to San Diego in the elimination bracket.Milwaukee Panthers football
Football at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee traces its lineage back to 1899, although the original varsity program was terminated in 1974. In 2003, however, football returned as a club status program, and, in 2013, the club joined the National Club Football Association.Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball
The Milwaukee Panthers men's basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Horizon League for the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. They play their home games at UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Milwaukee Panthers women's basketball
The Milwaukee Panthers women's basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Horizon League for the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. The current head coach is Kyle Rechlicz replacing longtime head coach Sandy Botham in 2012.
The Panthers have also won two conference titles in 2001 and 2006 with that they have won two conference tournament titles in 2001 and 2006.Routine Field
Routine Field is a baseball park under construction in Franklin, Wisconsin, which is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. It will be the home of the Milwaukee Milkmen, an independent professional baseball team playing in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball and the NCAA Division I University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers baseball team. It is scheduled to open in 2019.The naming rights are held by Routine Baseball, a baseball apparel brand based in Franklin.Sasho Cirovski
Sasho Cirovski (born 1962) is a Macedonian-Canadian soccer coach of the University of Maryland. Born in Macedonia and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Cirovski led his University of Maryland team to the NCAA championship in 2005, 2008, and 2018.UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena
The UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena (originally the Milwaukee Arena and formerly MECCA Arena and US Cellular Arena) is an indoor arena located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The arena, which seats as many as 12,700 people and offers 41,000 feet of floor space, is part of a larger downtown campus, that includes the Milwaukee Theatre and Wisconsin Center.
The arena was part of the MECCA Complex from 1974 until the 1995 opening of the Midwest Express Center.
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Sports teams based in Wisconsin
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