The Fast Break Club (FBC) is a booster organization whose members are committed to helping the Western Michigan men’s basketball team continuously be one of the most competitive programs in the Mid-American Conference, in the Midwest, and on a national level.
Contact Joe Rapp at 269.629.9236
FULL COURT PRESS BENEFITS:
Dear Bronco Hoop Fans,
I trust that this note finds you healthy and happy. Because of your generous support, our Program has been able to continue to improve in many areas. I feel that the single most important part of my job is to help young men develop to the point where they can go out into the world after their Bronco career ends and be equipped to thrive in life after the basketball stops bouncing. In order for this to happen, our student-athletes need to feel that their experience here as a Bronco was a positive one. The first-class experience that we provide our players is the direct result of your financial and emotional support. Our Program will continue to pursue excellence in all areas. To that end, we have to be diligent in fostering improvements in order to stay competitive in attracting the best possible recruits to be a part of our Bronco Basketball Family. Recruiting is the lifeblood of our Program. We need good players to compete at the highest level. As a famous coach once said, “It is impossible to win the Kentucky Derby with a donkey.”
I am excited about the 2016-2017 season. Our non-conference schedule will make us battle-tested with games against challenging opponents, including the defending National Champions, and our conference schedule begins with 7 of the first 11 games on the road. We have a good mixture of returning players along with a large contingent of incoming players. We have again assembled a GREAT group of student-athletes who, in the Bronco Basketball tradition, have the same focus and the same commitment to success both on and off of the court. I expect this team to compete for another West Division title and another Mid-American Conference Championship.
While I am excited about the upcoming season, I am also proud of our past achievements. In my 13 years as head coach here, we have won seven West Division titles and were runners-up three of the other six years. We have played in every postseason tournament that exists (NCAA, NIT, CIT, and CBI). As well, we have won at least 20 games in four of the last six seasons, including an overall MAC Championship and a
trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2014.
Our accomplishments, though, are not only on the court. We have a storied history of achieving in the classroom as well. Our graduation rate is over 95%. Additionally, of the 71 players to be named Academic All-MAC/Distinguished Scholar-Athlete in the past 11 years, 20 of them have been Broncos. Yes! We have had over one-fourth of the student-athletes who have received what I believe is the most important honor given by the MAC. We are what a Program is supposed to be: winners both on and off of the court.
As we embark upon a new season, our overriding goal continues to be the achieving of excellence. We can only take our Program to the next level by having a shared partnership with the Fast Break Club. To help promote our Program, we need your voices and enthusiasm at University Arena, as well as in the community. We need your financial assistance to ensure that we have a first-class Program that all fans, alumni, and recruits will be drawn to. Above all, we need your involvement and continued friendship. It is my hope that you will join us and help us to strive to sustain the excellence that our Program has achieved.
Steve Hawkins, Head Men’s Basketball Coach