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Gary Grzesk

Head Coach of Men’s Basketball

Gary Grzesk will be in his 15th season as St. Norbert College's men's basketball coach in 2020-21.

St. Norbert is 274-86 in 14 years under Grzesk’s supervision. The Green Knights have won nine Midwest Conference championships and have appeared in seven NCAA Division III Tournaments under Grzesk. Over the last eight seasons, Grzesk and the Green Knights boast a glittering 174-38 record, including a 142-16 mark against Midwest Conference opponents.

The Green Knights captured their ninth Midwest Conference championship in 11 seasons in 2019-20, posting a 23-5 overall record and a 17-1 mark in the Midwest Conference while earning an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. St. Norbert defeated four different University of Wisconsin System schools in one season for the first time since 1964-65, including a victory over defending NCAA Division III national champion UW-Oshkosh.

St. Norbert won its eighth Midwest Conference title in 10 years in 2018-19. The Green Knights won their fifth consecutive outright Midwest Conference championship in 2016-17, not accomplished in the league since 1933. St. Norbert also completed a 72-game unbeaten run against Midwest Conference opponents, a NCAA Division III record.

The Green Knights enjoyed another banner season in 2015-16, finishing with a 25-3 overall record and their first trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament's Sweet 16 in 32 years. St. Norbert, which finished the season ranked No. 8 in the final Top 25, was unbeaten in the Midwest Conference for the third consecutive season. St. Norbert's Midwest Conference regular-season and tournament titles were its sixth in seven years.

The Green Knights posted a 24-2 record in 2014-15, and soared as high as No. 3 in the Top 25. The Green Knights became the first Midwest Conference men's basketball team to post consecutive undefeated Midwest Conference seasons since 1951.

In 2013-14, the Green Knights attained previously unprecedented success by posting a 25-2 record with a final ranking in the Top 25 of No. 7. St. Norbert's lone two losses came to NCAA Division III Final Four qualifiers UW-Whitewater and Illinois Wesleyan University. St. Norbert swept through the Midwest Conference at 18-0 to win its fourth league title in five years, and claimed the MWC Tournament title in front of boisterous capacity crowds at Schuldes Sports Center.

St. Norbert finished the 2012-13 season 20-6, and lost a one-point game in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

In 2011-12, the Green Knights finished 16-9 and advanced to the championship game of the Midwest Conference Tournament despite losing its entire starting lineup from the previous season.

The Green Knights went 20-6 during the 2010-11 season, and were ranked as high as No. 6 in the Top 25. St. Norbert's 20-win season marked the first time in school history the Green Knights posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

In 2009-10, Grzesk piloted the Green Knights to a 23-4 record, setting a school record for wins. St. Norbert advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, its first national post-season win in 26 years. The Green Knights won the Midwest Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and were ranked as high as No. 9 in the Top 25.

The 2008-09 season was also a highly successful season for the Green Knights, who finished 18-6 overall and 12-4 in the Midwest Conference. St. Norbert rose to as high as No. 11 in the Top 25 and also topped No. 1-ranked UW-Platteville in the championship game of the Nicolet Bank Holiday Classic, the first win over a No. 1 foe for any sport in St. Norbert history.

In three seasons at Lakeland from 2004 to 2006, Grzesk compiled a 51-31 record. The Muskies won the Lake Michigan Conference championship in 2006 and also captured the LMC Tournament title in 2004. Lakeland also appeared in the 2004 NCAA Division III Tournament.

Grzesk spent the 2002-03 season as an assistant at UW-Green Bay, his alma mater. Prior to returning to Green Bay, Grzesk was an assistant at Youngstown State (Ohio) University for six seasons from 1996-97 to 2001-02. Grzesk was an aide during Youngstown State’s first 20-win season as a Division I member when the Penguins went 20-9 in 1997-98.

A 1996 graduate of UW-Green Bay, Grzesk was a four-year letterwinner for the Phoenix. He earned the team’s Defensive Player of the Year award four times, helping Green Bay to three NCAA Tournament appearances. Grzesk is perhaps best known for guarding NBA lottery pick Jason Kidd in a 61-57 NCAA Tournament first-round win over California in 1994. Grzesk, who started in 107 of the 120 collegiate games he played in, was Green Bay’s captain his junior and senior seasons. He concluded his career with 450 points and 496 assists. The Phoenix was 74-19 in Grzesk’s final three seasons.

Grzesk, a Wauwatosa native, is married to the former Liz Hauger, herself a former college basketball coach at Youngstown State and UW-Green Bay. The couple has a son, Garrett, and a daughter, Gracie.

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