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Aaron Aanonsen recently completed his fifth year as head men’s basketball coach and seventh year overall at Lakeland College.
In 2012-2013, Aanonsen led the Muskies to a 22-6 overall record, including a 13-3 record in the Northern Athletics Conference. The Muskies won their first-ever NAC North Division title and advanced to the championship game of the NAC Tournament for the second straight year before falling to South Division champion Aurora. The team’s 22-win season broke the school record since becoming an NCAA institution, and its 15-2 start was the best 17-game start in Lakeland’s 80-year history for men’s basketball. Four Muskie players earned all-conference recognition, including NAC Player of the Year Jake Schwarz, who also appeared in the 2013 Division III All-Star Game.
The Muskies have been a dominant force in the NAC with a 43-13 record the past two seasons. Lakeland also has improved its win total every season under Aanonsen since his start in 2008. With an 81-52 career record, Aanonsen also already ranks third all-time at Lakeland in career wins, and he is the only coach to lead a team to back-to-back 20-win seasons since the Muskies joined NCAA Division III in 1997.
Aanonsen has employed an electric up-tempo style that has proven to be player- and fan-friendly and has prevailed in the NAC and at the national level. Lakeland ranked among the top 15 nationally in NCAA Division III in scoring each of the past two seasons, including 13th in 2012-13 at 82.4 points per game. Development of talent and character has also been instrumental for Lakeland in Aanonsen’s tenure as he has produced 13 all-conference players and three 1,000-point scorers, including the school’s all-time leading scorer in Schwarz.
Before taking over as head coach, Aanonsen was an assistant for two years at Lakeland. Prior to arriving at Lakeland in 2006, Aanonsen was the second assistant at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, where he worked under head coach Stu Engen, while earning his masters degree in educational leadership-activities management.
Aanonsen played basketball collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and was elected team captain as a senior in 2004-05. He graduated with highest honors with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science-sport management.
Off the court, Aanonsen also serves as assistant athletic director at Lakeland. He and his wife, Brye, reside in Howards Grove and are the parents of a daughter, Ambryn and son, Avrie. Brye also works at Lakeland and is the associate director of admissions.
Phone: (920) 565-1444
Marcus Conigliaro enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Lakeland men's basketball team.
Prior to Lakeland, Marcus spent a few years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, coaching for Peace Players International, a non-profit charity organization that uses the game of basketball to unite and educate children and their communities. In addition, Conigliaro played for the Lisburn Star in Ireland's Division One league and led his team to the North Conference championship.
A Milwaukee native, Conigliaro played two seasons at UW-Milwaukee and completed his four-year career with two seasons at UW-La Crosse in 2006. In his final year, Conigliaro earned WIAC Player of the Week honors once and was chosen as a WIAC First Team All-Conference selection. He started all 28 games at point guard that season and averaged 12.4 points per game while leading the Eagles to their best season since 1982 and the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
He is one of the best 3-point shooters in UW-La Crosse history. During his two seasons he made 107 of 232 3-pointers, and that 46.1 percent clip is the second-best percentage in school history. Marcus finished his senior year fifth in NCAA Division III 3-Point field goal percentage at 48.4 percent and graduated with the third most 3-pointers made in a season, netting 74.
In high school, he helped lead Milwaukee Vincent to a WIAA Division I State Championship.
Conigliaro graduated with a bachelor's degree in sport management from UW-La Crosse in 2007 and is now working toward his master of business administration.
Sam Schroeder enters his second season as a graduate assistant for the Lakeland College men’s basketball team.
A native of Red River, Wis., Schroeder attended Shawano Community High School (Shawano, Wis.). He played guard for the Hawks where he was named team MVP in 2006 and defensive MVP in 2007. Schroeder was also named team captain in 2006 and 2007.
Schroeder received a Bachelor’s degree in sociology at Lakeland College with minors in ethnic and gender studies and history in 2011. He played four years with the Muskies and was a member of the 2007-2008 Northern Athletic Conference Tournament Championship team.
Schroeder was an All- NAC Scholar Athlete in the 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 seasons. In the 2010-2011 season, he was named to the NAC All-Sportsmanship team and earned the Passion and Dedication Award for Lakeland.
Schroeder is currently working towards his Master of Arts in Counseling.
Josh Regal enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Lakeland College men’s basketball team.
Regal joins the coaching staff after a strong four-year career with the Muskies. He was a four-year starting point guard for the Muskies and twice was named Second Team All-Northern Athletics Conference. As a freshman, Regal also was named to the NAC All-Freshman team, and as a senior he helped guide the Muskies to a NAC Tournament championship game appearance and a school record-tying 21 wins. Regal finished his career ranked 12th all-time at Lakeland in career points (1,439) as well as second all-time in career assists (521) and fifth in career 3-pointers made (128).
Regal is a native of Suring, Wis., where he attended Suring High School. He was a four-year letter winner for the Eagles, including three years as a starting guard. He was a three-time First Team All-Marinette-Oconto Conference player and was twice named the conference’s Most Valuable Player. Regal also earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-State honors and Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) First Team Division 4 honors while leading Suring to the WIAA state tournament in consecutive years in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008..
Regal graduated from Lakeland in the spring of 2012, receiving his bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in sport management.
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