Ty Margenthaler is in his fifth year as an assistant coach at Wisconsin. He serves as the Badgers' recruiting coordinator, supervising all aspects of the recruitment process, including contacting prospects and arranging for visits. Margenthaler is the UW's assistant offensive coordinator and works on post-player development. He also assists with scouting opponents, summer camps, practice and game preparation, and oversees the addition of walk-ons to the team.
Margenthaler came to Wisconsin from Bradley University, where he developed a pair of Braves centers into Missouri Valley all-conference players. Dena Williams (2002) and Ashley Chelleen (2003) both earned spots on the Valley's All-Freshman squad. Williams earned first-team All-Missouri Valley honors, leading the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. Williams later signed a contract to play professionally in Europe. Margenthaler also served as the camp coordinator and assisted with scouting duties for the Braves.
With both a father and brother in coaching, Margenthaler grew up around basketball. His father Jack spent 15 years at Western Illinois and retired from coaching after sitting at the end of the SIU Edwardsville bench for 11 seasons. Ty's brother, Matt, was a member of the South Dakota State coaching staff for six seasons and is entering his ninth year as head coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Margenthaler's playing experience includes two years at Indian Hills Community College (1992-94) before joining his father at SIU Edwardsville for his final two collegiate seasons, where he averaged more than 10 points per game and started every contest. He earned his degree in physical education/kinesiology from SIU Edwardsville in 1997.
A native of Macomb, Ill., where he earned all-state basketball honors as a senior, Margenthaler coached for two years at SIU Edwardsville, aiding the Cougars to a 19-9 record and the NCAA Division II Tournament in 1998-99. He served as a high school coach at Roxana (Ill.) High School from 1997-99, earning Alton Telegraph Coach of the Year honors after leading his team to the South Central Conference title and regional championship.
Margenthaler and his wife, Julie, have two children, Brice (10) and Nate (7).
The Ty Margenthaler File
Hometown: Macomb, Ill.
Coaching Career: University of Wisconsin, Assistant Coach, 2006-present; Bradley University, Assistant Coach, 2000-06; SIU-Edwardsville, Assistant Coach, 1997-99; Roxana (Ill.) High School Head Coach, 1997-99
Education: Bachelor's degree in physical education/kinesiology; SIU-Edwardsville, 1997
Playing Career: SIU-Edwardsville (1994-96); Indiana Hills Community College (1992-94)