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Gollon named assistant coach at UWSP Men's Basketball

UWSP Pointers Men's Basketball Coach Bob Semling  Photo: UWSP Athletics
UWSP Pointers Men's Basketball Coach Bob Semling Photo: UWSP Athletics

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- UW Stevens Point’s Men’s Basketball program is going to have a very familiar person on the coaching staff this season.

Head Coach Bob Semling confirmed Tuesday they have hired SPASH and Mercer College graduate Jake Gollon.  “That’s a very recognizable name, Jake playing at SPASH high school but just recently went on to Mercer University and played, and had a great, outstanding career there, and really, everybody will remember they upset Duke in the NCAA Tournament. Jake had 20 points in that game.”

Gollon will be doing more than coaching at UWSP this upcoming season. He will be following another basketball playing member of his family.  “His brother James is a senior at Pacelli, and he really wanted to be back home and connect to his roots in central Wisconsin and watch his young brother in his senior year, so this just worked out beautifully for both of us.”

Semling says Gollon no doubt has a future in coaching at the Division One level, and he feels like they hit the lottery getting him for the upcoming season. The head coach says even if he only gets to keep Gollon for a year, it will be great for the Pointer program.  “He can impact us this year in his capacity as a recruiter, but he’s also very good on the floor with kids. He can develop young men and help them individually on the court with his workouts. He can bring a lot of that Division One background and what he’s used to.”