Jan. 26, 2010
MADISON, Wis. - UW Assistant Coach Ty Margenthaler comes from a basketball family. His father played basketball at the University of Houston and coached for nearly 30 years on the high school and college level. His older brother Matt played basketball for his father at Western Illinois while Ty played for his dad at SIU Edwardsville. Ty and his brother Matt followed in their fathers footsteps and both became college coaches.
My wife Julie and I have two sons—Brice and Nate. My parents Jack and Mary Beth live in Mankato, Minn., so they can be next to my older brother Matt, who is the head coach at Minnesota State, Mankato. Matt and his wife Dawn have two children—Brock and Riley. Boys run in the family!
How would you describe your family?
What is your athletic background?
I played college basketball for my dad at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1993–95.
Did your parents or brother play any sports?
My dad played college basketball at the University of Houston. He started out at LaSalle-Peru High School in Illinois as a head coach before going to Drake University as an assistant coach. He was the head coach at Western Illinois for 17 years then the head coach at SIU Edwardsville for eight years before retiring.
My brother Matt played college basketball for our dad at Western Illinois University. He has been the men’s head coach at Minnesota State, Mankato for nine years.
How often are you able to keep in touch with your parents and brother?
My family is very close, we talk weekly.
When did you decide that you wanted to be a coach?
I decided I wanted to coach when I was young, watching my dad coach at Western Illinois University. My brother and I always talked about coaching as we were growing up because our dad was a coach. That’s what we knew and what we talked about.
What drew you to coaching at Wisconsin?
I always wanted to coach in the Big Ten and what drew me to Wisconsin was that it is one of the top athletic institutions in the country and a school with a great tradition in academics as well. The city of Madison is also great!
How has your family been involved with your basketball career?
They are always very supportive. My brother and I will talk about coaching—the strategy, the defense. It’s a little different since he’s a men’s coach and I’m a women’s coach but we like to keep up how each other’s team is doing.
How do you combine your own family with the UW basketball family?
They attend games and are very supportive. My sons enjoy coming with me to practice.
What has been your favorite thing about the Badger basketball family?
What is your favorite family meal?
Where is your favorite family vacation?
Florida with the family—normally we go to Treasure Island, south of Tampa.
Do you have any favorite family traditions?
On our 16th birthdays, my brother and I received pendants that said “Don’t stop believing,” which was kind of my dad’s saying.