Pat Juckem announced as new men’s basketball head coach
For the first time in 37 years, Washington University has a new men’s basketball head coach. Tuesday afternoon, athletic director Anthony Azama announced that Pat Juckem would fill the position left vacant after Mark Edwards retired from the helm after 37 years.
“I am energized by the opportunity to work with the student-athletes at Wash. U. and build upon the championship tradition the program has become known for,” Juckem said in the athletic department’s press release. “I am looking forward to representing a world class institution that cares deeply about the complete student-athlete experience.”
To join the Bears, Juckem leaves his position at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where in his last season he led the Titans to the NCAA championship game where they lost to Nebraska Wesleyan University. In the process, Juckem’s final Oshkosh team amassed 25 wins, a single season school record.
Juckem’s resume also includes a six year, 105-win stint at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and six years as an assistant coach at his alma mater Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.
In the release, Azama pointed to Juckem’s work at Oshkosh and Coe as evidence that he will be able to pick up where Edwards left off.
“I am confident Coach Juckem will continue to advance the proud Wash. U. men’s basketball tradition of excellence,” Azama said. “In his body of work, he has showcased his commitment to building strong relationships, supporting the development of student-athletes, and engaging the campus and local community.”
Whether or not Juckem can immediately continue that tradition will largely depend both on his ability to adapt to his new team and his ability to help his players adapt as the program changes. With all five starters from last season graduating, Juckem first year in charge will mean that every single player on the roster will have a new role in the rotation.