Who is Rob Jeter?

Rob Jeter is recognized as one of the brightest up and coming coaches in the college ranks. At 36 years old Jeter would be the youngest coach in the Big 12. Despite his youth, Jeter has a decorated resume with success at all stops.

Rob Jeter has some impressive athletic bloodlines and Iowa ties. His father Bob was a running back at Iowa and later a D-back with the Green Bay Backers and Chicago Bears. Bob Jeter was a two time pro bowl selection while with the Packers. Unlike his father, Rob made his mark on the basketball floor.


As a captain for Bo Ryan at University of Wisconsin-Platteville, he led his team to a Division III National Championship 1991. He also set the Platteville record for consecutive career starts with 89. In his final playing year at Platteville, the Pioneers averaged 97 points per game, thanks in large part to an up-tempo style that Jeter's teams now possess. Jeter made a short stop playing professionally in Portugal, where he led the league in scoring his only year overseas.


Jeter quickly realized coaching basketball is where he would find the most success. He was hired back at UW-Platteville as an assistant coach under Bo Ryan. The Pioneers garnered a 108-6 record and two national championships the four years Jeter and Ryan on the bench. Jeter moved on to be an assistant at Marquette, under then coach Mike Deane for one season.


After Deane was released and Tom Crean hired at Marquette, Jeter moved across town to Wisconsin-Milwaukee and rejoined Bo Ryan. He and Ryan resurrected the dormant Panther program, as they had above .500 records both years Jeter was an assistant. Jeter was an integral part of recruiting several pieces of the Panther puzzle that reached the third and second round of the NCAA tournament the past two years.


The call came from Madison, and Ryan and Jeter answered, taking control of the Badgers. As relative unknowns in the college basketball world, Ryan and his associate head coach Jeter led the Badgers to four straight NCAA appearances. They reached the Sweet 16 in 2003 and the Elite 8 in 2005. As head recruiter Jeter was responsible for bringing the likes of All Big 10 players Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor, as well as McDonald's All-American Brian Butch to Madison. Jeter dipped into recruiting rich areas like Chicago, Minneapolis and Milwaukee to sign players. He also was in charge of academic and scouting efforts at Wisconsin.


When Bruce Pearl left UWM, the Panthers immediately phoned Jeter who accepted the head position last May. Jeter led the Panthers to a Horizon league Championship as they compiled a 22-9 record this season. UWM received an 11 seed in the NCAA tournament and handled Big 12 foe Oklahoma 82-74 in the first round. The Panthers averaged 74 points this year and gave up 66. They also had a plus six rebound margin for the year. Like most successful teams, the Panthers had 130 more free throw attempts than opponents.  


Before he was hired at UWM, when asked how he wants his team to play the game this how he responded:


"We'll dive after loose balls. We'll take charges. We'll take good shots. We'll get after teams. You'll see our point guard blast the ball up the court and all of the things people appreciate."

"Fundamentally, we are going to be sound. We will do the little things, and I think the fans will like the way we'll play the game."

Jeter has a wife and two children aged four and one.


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