July 14, 2017
FVTC Athletics to Start New Era of Competition
Fox Valley Technical College student athletes begin a new era of competition later this fall by playing in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference (WCC) after a decade of hardwood action as a co-curricular activity for both men and women.
FVTC will join the WCC as the 14th men’s team, set to compete in its western division in early November. For the women, FVTC becomes the conference’s 12th team.
“Joining the WCC brings inclusiveness to our student athletes,” says John Rank, FVTC’s athletic director and student life coordinator. “Knowing they’re part of a state conference enhances their college experience and provides a sense of closure to the season.”
That closure takes shape in the form of a post-season tournament in Wisconsin Dells in which all conference teams vie for a state championship. Tournament pairings for the men and women are based on how the teams finished during the regular season.
The clean athletic slate for the Foxes’ programs also includes two new coaches. For new women’s coach, Freddy Yalden, she knew the opportunity right away at FVTC was meant to be. “Years ago I visited Fox Valley Tech to use a computer in one of its labs,” she states. “I realized I needed help with a database program. Before I knew it a student came over and showed me how to work a software program. That’s the kind of place Fox Valley Tech is.”
Today, Yalden returns to the very college that made an earlier impression on her life. She is ready to share her hardwood experiences with a background that includes an assistant coaching stint at Ripon College, where she helped guide the lady Red Hawks to a Midwest Conference championship in 2009. Most recently, Yalden served as an assistant coach for the University of Nebraska-Kearney, an NCAA Division 2 school. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
“I’m excited to join student athletes at a world class college while mentoring them in reaching their goals in life,” says the Milwaukee native and certified surgical technologist at ThedaCare. Yalden lettered in five sports at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam before enjoying basketball careers at Madison Area Technical College and Northern Kentucky University.
Barry Harris is eager to put his 25 years of basketball coaching experience to work at the helm of the men’s team. The Green Bay School District literacy instructor’s rich basketball heritage in Wisconsin encompasses coaching stints at Lawrence University and in the high school ranks at Preble, Oconto Falls, Chilton, Kewaunee, and Madison West. As a player, Harris spent time at UW-Oshkosh and Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan.
“It’s an honor to be part of this historic milestone for Fox Valley Tech athletics,” notes Harris. “Competing at this level of basketball is a great way to incorporate life skills and character development for student athletes as part of their college experience.”
Harris, a native of Dearborn, Michigan, holds a Master’s degree in Reading from UW-Oshkosh and a real estate license. He attributes part of his decision to accept the coaching position to FVTC’s exemplary support for its students. “The caliber of education and supportive resources here is second to none, and that developmental foundation sets the table for a promising experience on the court.”
The Foxes women begin play by hosting UW-Waukesha on November 8 while the men start their season November 15 at UW-Washington. All home games are played at UW-Fox Valley. For more information or to view the complete schedule, visit www.fvtc.edu/Athletics.
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