Jeter new head coach at UWM

Wisconsin associate head coach takes over program on the rise; Close a finalist at EIU

Rob Jeter has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, according to various news reports. He replaces Bruce Pearl, who recently took the head coaching job at Tennessee.

Jeter spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, under head coach Bo Ryan and was promoted to associate head coach for the 2004-05 campaign, in which the Badgers went 25-9, reached the Elite Eight and finished with a No. 10 ranking in the final USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll.

Jeter also served as an assistant under Ryan for two seasons at UWM (1999-2001) and four at Division III UW-Platteville (1994-98), in addition to one year as an assistant at Marquette ('98-99). While Jeter was an assistant at Platteville, the Pioneers went 108-6 and won two NCAA championships.

Renowned for his skills as a coach and recruiter, Jeter was also a heralded player in four seasons at Platteville (1988-91), when he played for Ryan. He captained the Pioneers' 1991 NCAA championship team.

Jeter takes over a UWM program that has reached the NCAA Tournament twice in the past three seasons, including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen this year. The Panthers will return four starters in 2005-06.

The Badgers, who won 93 games in four seasons with Jeter by Ryan's side (a program record), must replace their top assistant, who worked closely with the Badgers' post players in addition to taking a leading role in recruiting efforts.

Wisconsin, though, may also need to replace assistant Gary Close, who has spent the past two seasons with the Badgers — the two winningest seasons in UW history. Close is a finalist for the head coaching position at Eastern Illinois.

Close, another strong recruiter who is acclaimed for his ability to develop shooters, was an assistant coach at Iowa from 1986-99 and at Stanford from '83-86. He also served as head coach of Regina High School in Iowa from 2000-2003.

Jeter, a native of Chicago, graduated from Quigley Preparatory High School in 1987 and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration at UW-Platteville in 1991. He received an master's degree in adult education from UWP in 2001.

Jeter, 35, is the son of Bob Jeter, a two-time All-Pro defensive back who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1963-70.

Rob Jeter and his wife, Deanna, have a son, Robert.

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