One of the finest Division I women’s basketball programs in the country is located about 55-65 miles from our three county borders. It is sited on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus. The UW-Green Bay Phoenix compete in the Horizon League.

Kevin Borseth, with ties to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, notched his 700th win as a head coach in women’s basketball Jan. 12 when the Phoenix defeated Youngstown State 60-42. Borseth is 700-270 overall in 32 seasons, which includes stints at Michigan Tech, Michigan and UWGB. He has had only two losing seasons, directed his teams to 20 or more wins 23 times and has been in the NCAA Division tournament 13 times.

The 64-year-old coach was in dreamland when he signed to coach the Michigan Tech Huskies in 1987 after coaching at tiny Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Michigan. When someone told him he was under consideration for the Michigan Tech coaching position, he laughed it off. When he was hired two days later, he was informed he would have to teach basketball, golf and fishing for his $27,400 salary, he told his superiors it was too much money. He would be happy just to coach the Huskies.

Like Scott Venci of the Green Bay Press-Gazette said in reporting on Borseth’s 700th victory, Borseth has come a long way since his introduction at Michigan Tech.

Only 14 women’s coaches entered this season with 800 or more career wins. Only six have more than 1,000. According to Venci, Borseth signed a contract extension last year that takes him through the 2024-25 season.

Borseth is in his second stint with UW-Green Bay. He left the Phoenix for the University of Michigan job and competed against the best in the Big Ten. When the UW-Green Bay job opened again, he applied and was rehired. He was making more in salary at the University of Michigan, had the Wolverines pointed in the right direction, but felt he was a better fit at the smaller Division I school.

Players love playing for Borseth. Many of his players were recruited from Wisconsin and the Green Bay region in particular. Some were recruited from the tri-county area and the Upper Peninsula. He has proven he can take recruits from high school programs in small cities in Wisconsin and the U.P. and build and maintain a quality program.

We congratulate Coach Borseth on reaching a milestone in the coaching ranks. Can you imagine the hard work and sacrifice invested for a coach to reach the 700-win plateau?

A job well done coach. Now let’s point for that 800th win.