The men's basketball team plays scheduled games in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference from November to February of each year. The state tournament is played during the month of February in the Wisconsin Dells. The team competes against the other UW Colleges campuses as well as several non-conference teams in Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The season begins in mid-October. Practices are typically held in the afternoons and evenings on Mondays-Fridays, depending on team members’ schedules. There are sporadic practices and games scheduled over winter break. Games are usually held on Wednesdays and Saturdays and some games require overnight travel. Student-athletes are given meal money for road trips and accommodations and travel are provided.
Student-athletes are required to sign a Code of Conduct, to maintain satisfactory academic progress which is regularly monitored, and to represent the University in a positive manner.
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For information about the team, including rosters, game schedule, player stats and team stats and standings, please visit the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Website.
You can watch the UW-Barron County men's basketball team play online thanks to Eye in the Sky sports! Learn more about how to watch Chargers' matches right at home.
|Date & Time||Opponent|
|UW-Fond du Lac|
|Fox Valley Technical College|
|@ UW-Marathon County|
|@ UW-Fond du Lac|
|UW Washington County|
|@ UW-Fox Valley|
|@ Fox Valley Technical College|
|@ UW-Rock County|
Athletic Director: Christopher Jones
Head Basketball Coach: Ben Melland
Assistants: Paul Ihrcke
Head Coach Ben Melland
Ben Melland enters his first season as head men’s basketball coach for the UWBC Chargers. Coach Melland has an extensive background in coaching within the high school, division III and division I college ranks.
He finished up this past year as an assistant coach for the UWEC Blugold men’s basketball team. He provided head coach Matt Siverling with on-court instruction in practice and games. The Blugolds finished with a record of 18-8.
Prior to that Coach Melland was an assistant men’s basketball Coach at Stephen F. Austin University where, in his one season (2003), they set a school record in wins (21). His major responsibilities were on-court instruction, scouting, overseeing of academics, film exchange, and summer camp director.
Before that he was a graduate assistant, to head men’s basketball coach John Calipari, at the University of Memphis (where they won the NIT Championship in 2002). Working for one of the best coaches in the country, in John Calipari, Coach Melland was exposed to some great basketball knowledge over his two years. While at Memphis, he was given many responsibilities including scouting, film exchange, day-to-day basketball operations, organizing and working summer camps and coaching individual player workouts. Including working with 3 future NBA players.
Previous to Memphis, Coach Melland was an assistant coach at Wisconsin-Stout for three years (1997-2000). While at Stout he was involved with recruiting, on-court instruction, handling academic reports, scouting, constructing preseason, in-season, and post-season strength and conditioning programs, film exchange/editing, working summer camps and fund-raising.
Coach Melland began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Eau Claire North High School, working under Pat Hammond, for three years (1994-1997).
Coach Melland graduated from UW-Stout with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology Education. He also holds an Associate’s Degree from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Computer Information Systems.
He is currently a Web Designer for Donnelley Financial Solutions out of Chicago.
He and his wife, Cami, reside in Eau Claire.
Assistant Coach Paul Ihrcke
Paul Ihrcke enters his first year as assistant Men's Basketball coach for the UW-Barron County Chargers.
During the 2016-2017 basketball season, Ihrcke was an assistant coach at UW-Waukasha under Adam Ligocki. The UWW men's basketball team ended up with a record of 11-1 in the conference and a program best 25-2 with a state title. Ihrcke provided Coach Ligocki with on-court help in practice and during games, he kept track of players time and man-to-man matchups.
Prior to that, Ihrcke spent a year with the Brookfield Academy girls basketball as an assistant. During that time, he did the scouting, practice planning and breaking down game film. Ihrcke has been coaching for 10+ years with coaching 4th grade through high school before getting into the college level.
Ihrcke is bringing a lot of knowledge to UWBC about the Wisconsin collegiate conference and the teams that UWBC will be playing.
He is currently a Facility Repair worker for UWBC.