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Coaches Chris Zwettler, Mitch Wainwright, Jim Bauer and Kathi Bennett, players LaTonya Sims, Tanisha Boston and Michele (Kozelka) Pattison and Gary Breneman in the “Friends” category 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

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.

Here is biographical information about Gary Breneman from the WBCA. Other area individuals whose information was submitted to the State Journal by the WBCA will be highlighted as the event draws closer.


Gary Breneman will be inducted into the WBCA Hall of Fame in the “Friends” category.

Breneman was inducted into the Madison Area Technical College Hall of Fame in 1991 and received the Doug Redsten Memorial Service Award in 2010, according to the WBCA biographical release about Breneman.

Breneman, 61, was born in Dalton, Wisconsin, and graduated from Pardeeville High School in 1975, then graduated from MATC. While at MATC (also known as Madison College), he became part of the men’s basketball and baseball teams as a team manager — a role he holds to this day. He also works in the MATC cafeteria.

“When you open up the dictionary and turn to the page that gives the definition of work: honest, caring, loving, genuine, sincere, and friend, you fill an 8x10 glossy of Gary `Big Dog’ Breneman,” MATC athletic director Steve Hauser said in the release. “We should all strive to live our lives each and every day like Big Dog does — with a passion and zest for all of life’s good things, with care and compassion for all and with the best attitude that I have ever been around. Big Dog is a truly wonderful person and an example for all of us.”

Former MATC men’s basketball coach Scot Vesterdahl said: “I tell my basketball players every year that, if they meet one person who makes them smile whenever they think about them, then they are very blessed. Big Dog is that person.”

Breneman also is involved with the Madison Mallards and has been recognized by the team, including in the Mallards Hall of Fame and recently during a “Big Dog” Bobblehead Night. In February, 2016, he received the Favorite Son Award presented by the Madison Dugout Club.

“Gary is the best role model and has the best attitude,” said Steve Schmitt, owner of the Mallards and The Shoe Box. “He keeps everyone’s spirits up no matter how they are playing.” 


Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.