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2011 Horizon League Coach Of The Year
Rob Jeter has made his mark on the basketball program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee during his eight seasons.
That mark has now led the Panthers to a pair of 20-win seasons in the past four years and two postseason berths in the last three seasons.
In 2011-12, UWM finished 20-14 and claimed a spot in the College Basketball Invitational. Kaylon Williams was named to the all-league team and Ryan Allen to the all-defensive squad. In 2010-11, Jeter directed his team to wins in their final nine league regular season games, earning the regular season league title along with the top seed and hosting rights for the league tournament. He also collected his 100th career win in the regular season finale.
Jeter was then recognized widely for his efforts, earning League Coach of the Year honors as well as being named the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division I Coach of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Hugh Durham Coach of the Year Award, the Ben Jobe Award and the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award.
The most recent seasons have been more key steps on a productive journey by Jeter in Milwaukee. After starting his head coaching career with a league title and an NCAA Tournament win, he rebuilt the Milwaukee roster back into a league-championship contender, increasing the number of overall wins for three-straight seasons. Jeter is also one of just two coaches in UWM history to lead his teams to three postseason berths and three 20-win seasons.
Jeter started his head coaching career with a bang. He led his team to its third-straight Horizon League regular season title, its second-straight league tournament crown and its second-straight berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2005-06. Once in the tourney, Jeter guided the Panthers to a first-round win over Oklahoma before UWM was eliminated by eventual national champion Florida in the second round in Jacksonville.
That season marked a fourth-straight 20-win season for the Panthers, with the 22 victories the most by a first-year head coach in school history. Plus, he helped three of his players earn All-Horizon League honors, a school record, while also having three players earn league all-tournament team recognition.
Following that first season, Jeter embarked on the difficult process of rebuilding the Panthers' roster. With seven seniors gone from the 2006 squad, he fielded a squad of 16 newcomers in 2006-07. UWM then added five wins to its total in 2007-08, three more victories in 2008-09 and three more wins in 2009-10. UWM has won 19 and 20 games in the two seasons since.
Over the last four years, UWM has won 45 league regular season contests and has claimed some memorable victories in and out of the conference. The Panthers have four wins over Butler in that time and set a school-record by overcoming a 24-point halftime deficit vs. Cal Davis to claim an improbable six-point win.
Jeter has also had the chance to take his coaching talents to an international level, serving as an assistant coach for Team USA in the World University Games in 2009. The U.S., with former UWM head man Bo Ryan serving as head coach and former Miami (Fla.) head coach Frank Haith serving as another assistant, lost just one time and captured a bronze medal. Jeter's work as a head coach has regularly been recognized, as he was named the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches' Association Division I Coach of the Year in 2006 and was inducted into the UW-Platteville Athletic Hall of Fame in September of 2006. He was also recently named an inductee into the inaugural hall of fame class for the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and his 1991 National Championship team from Platteville was inducted into the school's hall of fame this past year.
Jeter's impact has also been felt off the court. He directed a major fundraising campaign that sent the Panthers on a 10-day trip to Italy in 2010, while he has also built his Full-Court Club luncheons from audiences of 30 at the beginning to regular crowds of more than 100 people. He also spearheaded the outfitting of UWM's new locker room and team room in the Pavilion, including wooden lockers, furniture and a large-screen television. Plus, his fundraising efforts have helped enhance the team's academic support and sports medicine efforts, while also upgrading various aspects of team travel.
He has also jumped into a number of charitable ventures off the court, including his extensive involvement in "Shooting For A Cure," a Wisconsin-based Coaches vs. Cancer event that debuted in the summer of 2008. Jeter is also a regular at Milwaukee-area community events, including the annual Fellowship Open.
Jeter returned to UWM as the 20th head coach in the school's history after serving for four years as an assistant coach and associate head coach at the University of Wisconsin. He previously served as an assistant at both UWM and Marquette after working and playing at Division III power UW-Platteville.
Jeter worked under Ryan for 10 of his 11 years as an assistant coach, spending one year under Mike Deane at Marquette. At Wisconsin, Jeter served as the Badgers' lead recruiter while also coordinating the scouting and academic efforts. In four seasons at Wisconsin, Jeter helped the Badgers to remarkable success. They won two regular season Big Ten championships and a Big Ten Tournament title. Wisconsin also made four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including berths in the Sweet 16 in 2003 and the Elite Eight in 2005.
Jeter served on Ryan's staff for two seasons at UWM, recruiting Panther stars Adrian Tigert and Chris Hill while helping to lay the foundation for success on the basketball court. Under Ryan and Jeter, UWM recorded its first two plus-.500 seasons since the early 1990's while increasing attendance nearly 300 percent.
Winning has never been a problem for Jeter. All told, he has been a part of 12 conference championships, including 10 as a coach. He has won three national championships, including two as a coach. As a player at UW-Platteville, his teams went 102-16 in four seasons. In his 11 years as an assistant coach, his teams posted a 245-85 combined record, good for a .743 winning percentage. In league play, his teams recorded a 126-46 record.
Jeter's collegiate basketball life started at UW-Platteville, where he played for Ryan from 1987-91 and then was an assistant from 1994-98. As a player for the Pioneers, Jeter captained the team to the 1991 NCAA Division III title and was named to the All-Final Four team. A two-time All-WSUC selection and two-time All-Midwest Region choice, Jeter still holds UW-Platteville records for career field goal percentage (.601) and consecutive starts (89). Jeter was also named to the WSUC honor roll three times.
As an assistant coach, Jeter helped guide the Pioneers to a 108-6 overall record, two NCAA Division III titles and four conference championships. In addition to his coaching duties at UW-Platteville, Jeter coordinated the program's academic, recruiting and scouting efforts and directed the Bo Ryan Basketball Camps. He was also an admissions coordinator at the school.
In between playing and coaching at UW-Platteville, Jeter spent a season playing basketball overseas. He starred for the Olivias Futebol Clube in Portugal in 1992-93, leading the Portuguese league in scoring.
Jeter was born in Pittsburgh on May 15, 1969, and then grew up in Chicago as part of an athletic family. His late dad, Bob, is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and his brother, Carlton, played basketball alongside Rob in Platteville.
He attended high school at Quigley South before earning both his bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Platteville.
Jeter and his wife, Deanna, have two sons, Robert and Jonathan, and a daughter, Jolie.
Year-By-Year With Jeter
Year Overall League 2005-06 22-9 12-4 2006-07 9-22 6-10 2007-08 14-16 9-9 2008-09 17-14 11-7 2009-10 20-14 10-8 2010-11 19-14 13-5 2011-12 20-14 11-7 2012-13 8-24 3-13 TOTALS 129-127 75-63