Western Michigan Broncos Basketball venues
Western Michigan Broncos Basketball Tickets
Team: Western Michigan Broncos
Home Games: Read Fieldhouse/University Arena
Head Coach: Steve Hawkins
Seasons: 107 (1913-14 to 2019-20)
Conference Champion: 10 regular season, 2 tournament
Western Michigan Broncos Basketball TicketsBasketball has been at the forefront of the Western Michigan athletic heritage since 1913. The Broncos basketball team has benefited from its history of having long-term coaches who spend years building the program, and the most recent head coach has been with the Broncos since 2003. Fans enjoy the excitement of the competition both within the Mid-American Conference and without, and the MAC tournament is the goal every year for the Broncos. Home games are held at the recently upgraded Read Fieldhouse/University Arena, and fans and foes enjoy the comfortable surroundings that have excellent lighting and other amenities. Every year, the Broncos plays a strong schedule as the team vies for the West Division title within the MAC, and Western Michigan loves nothing better than when it wins against its long-standing rival team, the Central Michigan Chippewas. Reserve your seat in the bleachers by grabbing your Western Michigan basketball tickets at StubHub today.
What conference does the Western Michigan Broncos basketball team play in?The Broncos is a member of the Mid-American Conference, which has been around since 1946. The MAC has 12 teams in its stable with six teams in the West Division and six teams in the East Division. The MAC Tournament basketball games are held at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse with a contract with the arena through the 2023 season.
Who is the head coach for the Western Michigan Broncos?Steve Hawkins has coached the Broncos basketball team since 2003 when he was named the 13th head coach for Western Michigan's basketball program. During this long tenure, Hawkins has produced winning teams year after year. Under Hawkins, the Broncos squad has made seven post-season appearances and has earned two NCAA tournament berths for 2004 and 2014. Western Michigan has also finished in the top three MAC West for 11 straight seasons, which is a record in school history. Hawkins has led the Broncos to two MAC Tournament titles, two regular-season titles and eight MAC West titles. Hawkins is the longest-tenured head coach in the MAC, and he guided the Broncos to seven of its 11 seasons with 20 wins each. The Broncos team has earned double-digit wins for nine consecutive seasons under Hawkins.
Where are the Western Michigan Broncos' games played?The Broncos play in the Read Fieldhouse/University Arena at Western Michigan. The facility is named after former basketball coach Herbert W. Read, who led the Broncos for 28 seasons. The arena was renovated for the 2015-2016 season and received a new court, new LED lighting and a new sound system. There is a pep band that sits under an overhang, and a four-sided video board is over center court. A scoreboard with player data and a game clock are behind each basket. The WMU Hall of Fame is in the entrance and displays an impressive number of plaques.
Who are the rivals of the Western Michigan Broncos?The Broncos program has a long-standing rivalry with the Central Michigan Chippewas across all athletic programs. The schools are only 134 miles apart, which makes this rivalry even more personal. Each year, the schools compete in the Mid-American Conference in the West Division. The Broncos basketball team lost to the Chippewas in the MAC Tournament for the 2018-2019 season.
Who are some notable players of the Broncos' basketball program?Over the history of the Broncos basketball program, there has been many outstanding players. Some of these notable alumni include Manny Newsome (1961-64), who scored over 500 points in 1964 and held that record for 46 years; Paul Griffin (1972-76), the leading rebounder with an overall 1000 points; Joe Reitz (2004-08), in the top five of WMU's scorers and rebounders; and David Kool (2006-10), who was a top leading scorer with an overall record of 2,122 points.
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