Chris Zwettler will be inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in the “High School Coach” category.
Here is biographical information about Zwettler from the WBCA. Other area individuals whose information was submitted to the Wisconsin State Journal by the WBCA will be highlighted as the event draws closer.
Zwettler is a 1975 Madison West graduate who played basketball for Jim Stevens and also letter in golf, playing for Roger Wiebe.
Zwettler began coaching at age 21 as JV coach at UW-Platteville. He graduated from UW-Platteville in December, 1979, after playing basketball (coached by Dick Wadewitz) and golf for four years.
After graduation, Zwettler took a teaching job in Stockton, Illinois, where he was an assistant football coach and head basketball coach. He taught middle school health and high school physical education.
In 1980, Zwettler married his wife, Bernie, an Ashwaubenon native who also was a UW-Platteville graduate. When they both started teaching in Stockton, they also were head basketball coaches for three years – as Chris coached the boys and Bernie coached the girls.
After seven years in Stockton, Chris Zwettler took an assistant basketball coaching job under coach Bo Ryan at UW-Platteville. Zwettler said Ryan had a great influence on his career, adding that “he wouldn’t be here today without his guidance.” Zwettler was with Ryan for two years, then moved to Madison to teach and coach at Madison Edgewood in 1989.
Zwettler has been at Edgewood ever since and said all four of the Zwettlers’ children – Callie, Eliza, Alexandra and Jack – had great experiences and memories from Edgewood in academics and athletics.
In 28 seasons at Edgewood, Zwettler’s teams have won 496 games, four Badger Conference championships, 12 WISAA and WIAA regional titles, seven WISAA state appearances and the 2002 WIAA Division 2 boys basketball state championship, according to the WBCA release. He was a three-time Madison City Coach of the Year, a three-time Badger Conference Coach of the Year and the Associated Press coach of the year in 2002.
As the athletic director at Edgewood, the Crusaders have won more than 30 WIAA state championships in 10 different sports, had another 30-plus WIAA runner-up finishes and won more than 100 Badger Conference championships.
Zwettler thanked his father, Jack, Stevens, Wiebe, Wadewitz, Ryan and Stockton coach John O’Boyle for their mentorship. He also thanked his assistants, including Kevin Schmotzer “for 20 years of support, guidance and loyalty.”
And he thanked his wife and family for their support.
“Without them, this journey would have never happened nor been as fun and rewarding,” said Zwettler, who added he shared the award with his players and also the administrators he’s worked for and with along the way.
“Coaching is a way of giving back to the game I love,” he said. “It has been exciting and challenging and it helps keep me young. I look forward to being around many more years.”
WBCA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
Coaches Chris Zwettler, Mitch Wainwright, Jim Bauer and Kathi Bennett, players LaTonya Sims, Tanisha Boston and Michele (Kozelka) Pattison are among the people who will be inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame this fall.
The WBCA Hall of Fame induction is scheduled for Sept. 30 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge of the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.
The event begins at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a program and video to follow.
More information is available from banquet and program chairwoman Joan Petitgoue at 608-778-2524 or email at email@example.com.
The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees:
Friends category – Gary Breneman, Madison; David J. Shaw, Fitchburg.
Referees – Terry Erickson, La Crosse; Charles Hardrick, Milwaukee.
Girls players – Tanisha Boston, Milwaukee Bay View; Ann Hall, Lomira; Kiesha (Oliver) Hayes, Racine Park; Michele (Kozelka) Pattison, Prairie du Chien; LaTonya Sims, Racine Park; Melissa (Smith) Oiumette, Schofield D.C. Everest.
Boys players – Brad Clark, Markesan; Mike Flory, Rhinelander; John Mack, Milwaukee Tech; Brad Timmerman, Cuba City; Bob Wolf, Menomonee Falls; Chuck Wood, Racine St. Catherine’s.
Assistant coach – Phil Jerg, DeForest and Sun Prairie; Derrick Washington Sr., Brown Deer.
College coach – Kathi Bennett, UW-Oshkosh.
High school coach – Jim Bauer, Lakeside Lutheran; Dave Boland, Seneca; Bob Constalie, Westby; Joe Doucette, Colfax; David Lee, Hayward; Jon Murphy, Seymour; Frank Schade, Oshkosh North; Randy Storlie, Blair-Taylor; Rick Storlie, Fall Creek; Mitch Wainwright, Mineral Point, Chris Zwettler, Madison Edgewood.