UW RIVER FALLS BASKETBALL CAMPS COACHING STAFF


JEFF BERKHOF

Head Coach

Jeff Berkhof has been a mainstay of the Falcon program both as a player, assistant coach and now in his 11th season as the Head Coach of the Falcons.  Berkhof follows only his predecessor, Rick Bowen, in coaching victories at UW-River Falls.

Berkhof has brought the Falcons to the forefront of Division III college basketball and the WIAC conference.  During the 2015-16 season, the Falcons made their third appearance in the WIAC Conference tournament championship game in the past six seasons.   The Falcons finished with a 17-11 record and a WIAC regular season 2nd place finish. 

In 2014-15, the Falcons finished the conference season winning four out of their last five games to complete a 10-6 conference record and a #3 seed in the WIAC conference tournament.   Berkhof was selected the WIAC Coach of the Year, his second COY honor.

In 2011-12 the Falcons finished 20-8 overall and 12-4 in WIAC play.   In the conference tournament semi-finals the Falcons opened with a 76-51 win over Stevens Point, and then claimed their first WIAC tournament championship with a 64-58 victory at Whitewater earning the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

In the 2010-11 season the Falcons put together a 15-game winning streak, the longest is program history and finished with a 20-8 overall and 12-4 WIAC play.  Following a second place finish in the WIAC tournament, the Falcons earned a berth into the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. Berkhof was selected WIAC Coach of Year following the 2010-11 season.

Berkhof spent 12 years as an assistant coach with the Falcons and helped the Falcons claim the 2004 WIAC regular season conference championship.
During his years as assistant basketball coach, Berkhof was also the Head Women’s Golf coach at UWRF from 2002-06 and was selected WIAC Coach of Year following the 2004 season.

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 played two seasons for the Falcons from 1992-94 and was selected all-conference following the 1993-94 season.

Jeff and his wife, Jill, reside in Hudson, WI.  Jill is a UW-River Falls alumna and third grade teacher in Stillwater, Minn. They have one son, Benjamin, who is 12 years old.  


TIM WALTON

Assistant Coach

Tim Walton is in his seventh season with the men's basketball coaching staff in 2016-17.

Walton, originally from the Chicago south suburbs, attended Winona State University where he was a football and basketball letter winner. He most recently was the head basketball coach at Park of Cottage Grove High School for 14 seasons. In 2004 he was named the Section 3A Coach of the Year and in 2010 he was named an Educational All Star in school District 833. He is currently teaching physical education at Park High School where he is an assistant football and softball coach.

Walton plays a major role in practice planning, scouting, post player development and directs the Falcon Big Man Camp in June.

Tim and his wife, Amy, reside in Cottage Grove, Minn., with their daughters, Adeline and Edith.


LANCE WESTBERG

Assistant Coach

Lance Westberg is in his third season with the men’s basketball coaching staff in 2016-17.

 Prior to joining the Falcons, Westberg spent a season as an assistant coach at River Falls High School and also spent three seasons as the Head Coach and Director of the Minnesota based Triple Threat Club team.

Prior to joining the coaching profession, Westberg played for four years at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul where he was a part of three regular season UMAC championships, three conference tournament championships, and three NCAA national tournament appearances from 2010-13. Individually, he earned honorable mention to the All-UMAC team during the 2012-13 season along with being named the conference championship MVP, and the UMAC Individual Sportsmanship Award.

The former River Falls High School player graduated from the University of Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in educational studies. He continued his education with a post-baccalaureate degree in Math Education at UW-River Falls in 2015.

Westberg is actively involved with the Falcon recruiting efforts, perimeter player development, scouting and directs the Falcon summer basketball camps.

Westberg, resides in River Falls and is currently a Math teacher in the River Falls school district and is in his first season as the Head Women’s Golf Coach at UW-River Falls.


BRENT LARSON

Assistant Coach

This is Brent Larson’s first season as assistant men’s basketball coach at UW-River Falls in 2016-2017. 

During the 2014-2016 seasons, Larson was an assistant men's basketball coach at UW-Eau Claire.

Prior to joining the college ranks, Larson was the head varsity basketball coach at Somerset High School for six years and compiled a 76-61 record.  The Spartans were three-time Regional Champions from 2011-2014 and in the 2013-2014 season were Middle Border Conference Co-Champs with a school record 21 total wins. 

His collegiate basketball career was split between Central Michigan University and UW-Stevens Point. At UW-Stevens Point, Larson helped lead the Pointers to two WIAC championships in 2000 and 2001 and was an All-Conference performer. 

Larson received his bachelor’s degree in biology at UW-Stevens Point and earned his master’s degree in physical therapy at UW-La Crosse. 

Larson will play a major role in the Falcon recruiting efforts, scouting and perimeter player development.

Larson resides in Somerset, WI with his wife Katie and their three children, Devin (8), Lucas (6), and Alyssa (4). 



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