Head Men's Coach
Brandon is begining his 2nd season as the Head Men's Bowling Coach at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater following the retirement of Shawn Wochner at the end of the 2021-22 season. Brandon is a 2021 graduate of UW-Whitewater and was a member of the bowling program all four years.
Brandon had quite the journey to the helm of the program. Brandon was highly recruited out of college, and then barely made the Competitive Team his freshman year. Despite being JV all but one tournament his first year, he continued to work hard, learn as much as he could, and gained experience whenever he could. This lead him to become a varsity player second semester of his sophomore year, and he never looked back from there.
Some of Brandon's accolades include being a member of both the 2019 and 2021 Club National Championship teams, he was named the 2021 Club National Championships Most Valuable Player, he earned 7 additional All-Tournament Team finishes, was a 2019-20 NCBCA and IBMA Honorable Mention All-American as well as a CTBCA Club First Team All-American, in 2017-18 he was named the GLBC Conference Rookie of the Year and then in 2019-20 he was named the GLBC Conference Player of the Year. Brandon also served as the team Secretary his sophomore year before serving two years as team President.
Brandon looks to continue the success the program has had the last decade while creating his own culture and reimagining the possibilities for the Warhawks. Personally, Brandon is a full-time, physical education teacher in Wisconsin.
Varsity Assistant Men's Coach
Jordan will be starting his 2nd year as an official Assistant Coach with the Warhawks following a couple years of making cameo appearances the past couple of years. Jordan was a member of the Warhawks during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons following his two years at Rock Valley College.
During Jordan's time as a Warhawk, he made two trips to the ITC's and was a member of the team that won the 2015 Leatherneck Classic. Individually, Jordan earned three All-Tournament Team finishes.
Varsity/JV Assistant Coach
JR will begin his 6th season as an Assistant Coach with the Warhawks. JR was the Varsity Assistant Coach during the programs 2021 Club National Championship win as well as the programs historic run winning the 2022 Intercollegiate Team Championship! During his four year career as a Warhawk, JR had two top finishes. He averaged 230 for four games at the 2015 fourth conference tournament. He also averaged 224 for five games at the 2015-1 season opener.
Personally, JR works as a Graphic Designer in Belvidere, IL and is married to Warhawk Alumnus Ashleigh Meagher.
Varsity/JV Assistant Coach
Hunter will begin his 3rd year as an Assistant Coach with the Warhawks. He finished his four years of eligibility and graduated in 2021. During his collegiate career, Hunter was the first Warhawk to earn four consecutive NCBCA Scholar Athlete Award (3.5 cumulative GPA) and he earned two All-Tournament Team finishes, including a win at the GLBC 3 event his freshman year.
Personally, Hunter is working at a hospital in the Rockford area as he continues to study for the MCAT's, with the hope of attending medical school in 2023.
JV Assistant Coach
Rich will begin his 2nd year as an Assistant Coach with the Warhawks. Along with helping coach the Warhawks, he is also a Head Coach for a Wisconsin high school bowling team. Rich will be spending his first season helping develop the JV teams. We are very excited to bring him on board to this program.
Retired Head Coach
Shawn was at the helm of the Warhawks program for 12 season. During Shawn's time at Whitewater, the program amassed 55 wins including 2 Club National Championships (2019, 2021), 1 ITC Championship (2022), and 5 Great Lakes Bowling Conference Championships (2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020). The program earned 165 different All-Tournament Team finishes, including 42 individual wins. Also, student-athletes earned 10 NCBCA All-American awards, 8 IBMA All-American honors, 15 Club All-American awards, and 49 NCBCA Scholar Athlete Awards (3.5 cumulative GPA). Shawn was also named the Kerm Helmer/Gordon Vadakin NCBCA Coach of the Year three different times (2014, 2017, 2021) and the Randy Widger CTBCA Club Coach of the Year seven times (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022).
Previous to coming to Whitewater, Shawn began his coaching career at Robert Morris University - Illinois. He was the Men's Assistant Coach from 2007 through 2010. He was a part of the men's program from the first tournament to their first trip to the Intercollegiate Team Championships in 2009 and their second trip in 2010. Shawn is a USBC Bronze Certified Coach.
Shawn bowled his college career at Western Illinois University from 1997 - 2001. He was a part of the team that captured the 2001 Intercollegiate Team Championships in Grand Rapids, MI. Shawn was named the 1997 YABA National and Illinois Youth Leader of the Year as well as the 1998 Illinois Star of Tomorrow. In 2012, Shawn became the first inductee in the Western Illinois University Sports Club Hall of Fame and then in 2016 he was once again inducted into the Hall of Fame, but this time with his 2001 national championship team. In 2015 and 2016, the Bowlers Journal International named Shawn one of their "100 Top Bowling Coaches". He was also the 2016 recipient of the Gordon Teigen Meritorious Service Award for college bowling!