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Berkhof Named Falcon Men's Basketball Coach

May 1, 2007

Jeff Berkhof has been named head men's basketball coach at UW-River Falls according to Athletic Director, Rick Bowen.

"I am extremely pleased to announce that Jeff Berkhof will be the new head basketball coach at UW-River Falls," said Bowen. "During his interim status this past year Jeff further solidified my belief in him. He has prepared himself and is ready to be the head coach at UWRF. Jeff understands the challenges of coaching basketball at his alma mater. He also is part of and believes in the strong basketball tradition we have built. I am excited about the future of our program."

"I enthusiastically endorse the hiring of Jeff Berkhof as the new head men's basketball coach at UW-River Falls," said Chancellor Don Betz. "Jeff's background and experience has prepared him for this challenge. I look forward to great things from Jeff as our athletic program continues to move forward."

Berkhof was the interim coach during the 2006-07 season. UWRF finished 10-16 overall and 5-11 in the WIAC with no seniors on the roster. The Falcons lost two WIAC games by one point (Eau Claire 63, RF 62; Platteville 65, RF 64) and four other games (conference and non-conference) by five points or less.

Two Falcon freshmen guard Jontae Koonkaew and forward Nate Robertson both earned honorable mention to the 2007 All-WIAC team. Robertson was also named to the DIII News All-Freshmen team.

Berkhof is no stranger to Falcon basketball. He was former Coach Rick Bowen's top assistant for nine seasons and a member of the Falcon coaching staff dating back to the 1994-95 season.

During his 12-year span as an assistant coach, Berkhof held many responsibilities. He has coordinated the Falcon recruiting efforts, directed the Falcon summer basketball camps, and organized scouting / film exchange. He also had numerous administrative duties and on the floor coaching responsibilities.

While an assistant to the men's basketball program, Berkhof was also the head women's golf coach at UW-River Falls from 2002-06. He was named the WIAC women's golf Coach of the Year in 2004 after leading the golf team to a third place finish in the WIAC meet.

Before joining the coaching ranks, Berkhof spent two seasons playing for the Falcons in 1992-94. During his senior season, he was selected to the 1994 All-WSUC team and was chosen Co-MVP and Co-Captain by his teammates.   Before coming to UW-River Falls, Berkhof played two years at Worthington Junior College, in Worthington, Minn. In 1997, he was inducted into the Minnesota Junior College Athletic Hall of Fame. Prior to his time at Worthington JC, he attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., and was a member of the SDSU football squad.

The Hills, Minn., native received his masters of education degree in sport management at the University of Minnesota in 2005. He completed his bachelor of science degree at UW-River Falls with a major in physical education and a minor in athletic coaching in 1994. Berkhof is an instructor in the health and human performance department at UW-River Falls.

Jeff and his wife, Jill, reside in Hudson. Jill is a UW-River Falls alumna and fifth grade teacher at Lake Elmo, Minn. They have one son, Benjamin, who was born in June of 2004.

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Year W L Pct WIAC Place
2006-07 10 16 .384 5-11, tie 6th

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