CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 14, 2011 — Southeast Missouri Director of Athletics John Shafer introduced Ty Margenthaler as the Redhawks next head women’s basketball coach during a press conference at the Show Me Center Thursday.
Margenthaler, a 1997 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and native of Macomb, Ill., spent the last five years as an assistant coach at Wisconsin. He was the Badgers recruiting coordinator, who handled all aspects of the recruitment process, including contacting prospects and arranging for visits.
Margenthaler also served as Wisconsin’s assistant offensive coordinator and was in charge of post player development. He assisted with scouting opponents, summer camps, practice and game preparation among other duties.
“I am really excited to have Ty join our athletic family at Southeast,” said Shafer. “His coaching experience speaks for itself. Ty and his family will be a great fit for our athletic program, the University and Cape Girardeau community.”
Margenthaler, who signed a four-year contract, is the seventh head coach in Southeast women’s basketball history.
“I want to thank Mr. Shafer, Ms. Gannon and Dr. Dobbins for giving me this opportunity,” said Margenthaler. “This is an excellent opportunity and it’s a win-win situation. The location, facilities, community and support are outstanding. I think I will make a great fit at Southeast Missouri State University.”
Prior to Wisconsin, Margenthaler worked as an assistant coach at Bradley University from 2000-06, where he developed a pair of centers into Missouri Valley All-Conference players. Dena Williams (2002) and Ashley Chelleen (2003) both landed spots on the Valley’s All-Freshman Team. Margenthaler also served as the camp coordinator and assisted with scouting at Bradley.
With both a father and brother in coaching, Margenthaler grew up around basketball.
“I have been fortunate to be around a lot of great people who have helped me get to where I am today,” said Margenthaler.
His father, Jack, coached 15 seasons at Western Illinois University before retiring from coaching after an 11-year stint at SIUE. Ty’s brother, Matt, was a member of the South Dakota State coaching staff for six seasons, and recently finished 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 SIUE for his final two collegiate seasons, where he averaged 10 points per game and started every contest. Margenthaler earned his degree in physical education/kinesiology.
Margenthaler earned All-State basketball honors as a senior at Macomb High School. He coached for two years at SIUE, aiding the Cougars to a 19-9 record and NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in 1998-99. Margenthaler worked 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 (11) and Nate (7).