UW-Waukesha Basketball Coach Grabs 500 Wins
Jack Hervert has reached a milestone in number of wins as a coach.
Editor’s Note: This news release was provided to Patch by the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.
University of Wisconsin-Waukesha women’s basketball coach Jack Hervert earned his 500th career victory with the Cougars’ 77-59 win over UW-Rock County on Saturday.
Hervert, who took over as coach from Mary Ryan in 1990, has an overall record, including his high school coaching experience, of 500-194 and a 475-113 record at UW-Waukesha.
“It’s been so many wonderful kids that have come through over a lot of years,” he said. “(500 wins) happened because of their belief in what we do. I’ve been blessed to have all the good years and nice kids.”
Success has been plentiful for Hervert, who was elected to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Hall of Fame in 1999. His UW-Waukesha teams have won 17 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference titles, appeared in the state tournament 16 times and won seven Wisconsin Junior College Athletic Association titles. The WBCA has named him coach of the year four times. His teams won 123 consecutive conference games before having the win streak snapped in 2009.
Hervert said that it has been an ongoing battle to convince prospective players who have aspirations of playing college basketball at higher levels that UW-Waukesha is the right fit for them. That is, he said, until they watch the Cougars play.
“It’s pretty convincing when they come here,” he said.
Hervert joins UW-Waukesha men’s basketball coach Neal Nelson, who earned his 500th career victory last season, in reaching the impressive milestone.
“Having two coaches with 500 wins, you don’t see that anywhere anymore,” Hervert said. “It’s really special.”
UW-Waukesha Dean/CEO Harry Muir was on hand Saturday afternoon to watch Hervert’s milestone victory.
“As the dean of the college, it is a rare moment to be able to recognize the accomplishments of an athletic coach who has achieved 500 victories in his or her sport,” Muir said. “The sheer magnitude of the feat requires great success, great persistence and a dedication that you don’t find very often in any profession. At the college level, it also means that you have a person who puts in countless hours above and beyond the meager pay that two-year college coaches get compensated. And, without a ‘recruiting budget’ it means a lot of nights and weekends in a high school gym as well as a college gym.”
Muir said he plans to witness Hervert’s 500th victory as UW-Waukesha’s coach as well.
“It is an even greater accomplishment to have two coaches, both the men’s and women’s basketball coaches who have achieved this feat, as Coach Neal Nelson did last year,” he said. “What a great tribute to two wonderful basketball programs at UW-Waukesha. Thank you, Jack, and thank you, Neal.”
A physical education graduate of UW-La Crosse, Hervert earned a bachelor’s degree in 1983 and a master’s in 1985 and added a minor in health education in 1989 from UW-Stevens Point. In 2000 he joined the faculty at UW-Waukesha, where he now serves as an assistant professor of physical education. In the 2004-05 academic year, Hervert received the Arthur Kaplan Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions made to education by UW Colleges faculty and academic staff.
A native of Tomahawk, Hervert now lives in Milwaukee.
Before coming to UW-Waukesha, Hervert served as coach of the Wausau Newman High School girls basketball team from 1985 to 1989 and as a coach of the Milwaukee Snitz women’s AAU basketball team in its 1989-90 season. He also has coached boys and girls cross country and track and served as an assistant coach for football at various high schools.