The Wisconsin–Parkside Rangers (also UW Parkside Rangers) are the athletic teams that represent the University of Wisconsin–Parkside, located in Somers, Wisconsin (a town near Kenosha), in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Rangers compete as members of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for 12 of 13 sports; the wrestling team competes as an independent.
UW Parkside has been a member of GLIAC since 2018. The Rangers were previously members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
|University||University of Wisconsin–Parkside|
|Conference||Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference|
|Athletic director||Andrew Gavin|
|Basketball arena||DeSimone Gymnasium|
|Baseball stadium||Oberbrunner Field|
|Softball stadium||Case Softball Complex|
|Soccer stadium||Wood Road Field|
|Other arenas||Petretti Fieldhouse|
|Colors||Green and Black|
UW-Parkside's nickname mascot is the Rangers. The university's mascot, depicted by a brown bear in a Parkside jersey, is Ranger Bear. In January 2011 Ranger Bear qualified for the first time for the Universal Cheer Association Mascot Nationals, where he took third place.
Men's sports (7)
Women's sports (6)
UW–Parkside teams have won GLVC championships in women's cross country (2007) and women's soccer (2008).
UWP teams have yet to win a national championship at the Division II level. However, Ranger athletes have won a total of 5 individual NCAA championships: one in women's indoor track and field and four in wrestling.
Abdul Qadir Jeelani (born Gary Cole; February 10, 1954 – August 3, 2016) was an American professional basketball player. Born in Bells, Tennessee, he was a 6'8" and 210 lb small forward and played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside. He had a brief career in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Jeelani is University of Wisconsin–Parkside's career leader in points scored (2,262) and rebounds (1,237) and he holds records in the top four of seven other single-game, single-season and career statistical categories. He twice scored 47 points in a game, one of the top records for a single game scoring performance. He was a member of two NAIA National Tournament teams in 1974 and 1975 and was named an NAIA All-American in 1975 and 1976. He attended Washington Park High School in Racine, Wisconsin.
Jeelani was drafted on June 8, 1976, by the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers in the third round of the 1976 draft, but he was later waived in October of that year. He was later signed by the Detroit Pistons on September 2, 1977, but was again waived a month later, prior to the start of the 1977-78 season. He played one season with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1979–80 and was made available in the expansion draft on May 28, 1980, where he was taken by the Dallas Mavericks prior to their inaugural season in 1980–81. He was part of the starting lineup for the Mavericks' first NBA game in 1980 and scored the first points in franchise history. In his first season with the Mavs, he seemed to have a knack for scoring in the final quarter of games. As of January 20, 1981, when he had played 43 games, 142 of his 350 points had come in the last period.Jeelani also had a career overseas playing in Italy, in Lazio Basket and Libertas Livorno and Spain.Jeelani died on August 3, 2016, at Wheaton Franciscan All-Saints hospital in Racine.Andrzej Mazurczak
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