Jeff Berkhof has been a mainstay of the Falcon basketball program as a player, assistant coach, and now in his 14th season as the Head Coach of the Falcons. He follows only his predecessor, Rick Bowen, in coaching victories at UW-River Falls with a 178-165 career record.
Berkhof has brought the Falcons to the forefront of Division III college basketball and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Since the start of the 2010 season the Falcons have made three NCAA Tournament appearances have won two WIAC Conference Tournament Championships. The Falcons have played in the WIAC tournament championship game five out of the last nine years and claimed a WIAC regular season championship in 2016-17.
The 2017-18 season was the inaugural season in Page Arena and the Falcons went 12-2 at home while finishing the season with a 18-9 overall record. The Falcons made a late season run in the WIAC tournament knocking off #5 Seed UW-Whitewater and #1 Seed UW-Platteville to make it to the WIAC Tournament Championship game before being knocked off by #2 Seed UW-Stevens Point 59-44.
During the 2016-17 season, the Falcons enjoyed won of the best seasons in program history with a 25-4 record. The Falcons claimed the WIAC regular season title and posted a seventeen-game winning streak, the longest in UWRF men’s basketball history. The Falcons also went on to win the WIAC tournament championship with a 60-59 win over UW-Oshkosh. This was the Falcons 2nd WIAC Tournament championship. The Falcons hosted the 1st and 2nd round games of the NCAA Tournament at the Karges Center. The Falcons claimed a thrilling double overtime victory over Bethel College before falling short to Wartburg College in the second round of the NCAA playoffs.
For the team's accomplishments Berkhof were named the 2017 WIAC Coach of the Year, his 3rd time winning the award. Berkhof was also named the NABC’s Central Region Coach of the Year and was named the Wisconsin’s Division III Coach of the Year by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.
During the 2015-16 season, the Falcons advanced to the WIAC Conference tournament championship game after finishing WIAC play with a 2nd place finish and an overall record of 17-11 record.
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.
The Falcons started their climb in the WIAC with the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. The Falcons appeared in back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and posted 20-8 seasons. In 2011-12 the Falcons won their first WIAC conference tournament championship with a 64-58 win at UW-Whitewater. In 2010-11, the Falcons put together a 15-game winning streak and 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 played two seasons for the Falcons from 1992-94 and was selected all-conference following the 1993-94 season. Berkhof spent two seasons at Worthington Community College and was named to the Minnesota Junior College Hall of Fame in 1998. Berkhof started his college career at South Dakota State University and was a member of the Jackrabbit football squad in 1989.
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 15 years old.
Tim Walton is in his nineth season with the men's basketball coaching staff in 2018-19.
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.
Taylor Germain is in his first season with the men's basketball coaching staff in 2019-20.
Germain, a native of Somerset Wisconsin, attended UW-River Falls and was a member of the Men's Basketball team during the 2003-04 season. Germain earned his bachelor’s degree in conservation from UWRF in 2008.
Germain has been involved in coaching basketball at the youth and high school levels since 2008. Most recently Germain was the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Somerset High School from 2015-2019.
Germain is involved with the Falcon recruiting efforts, scouting, perimeter player development and will direct the Falcon basketball camps.
Taylor resides in Somerset with his wife Krista and daughter Kate.
Derek Staley enters his first season with the men’s basketball staff after spending the previous two seasons with the UW River Falls women’s basketball staff.
Staley spent last season as the Interim Head Women’s Coach, guiding the team to a 10-15 overall record. Prior to being named Interim Head Coach, Staley was an assistant coach for one season. As an assistant he helped with recruiting, practice planning, scouting, and post player development.
Prior to his time at UWRF, Staley was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at UW-Marathon County where he helped the team turn around a first-year record of 3-17 into a 17-4 record in his second year. He was named conference coach of the year following the 2015-16 season.
Staley is involved with the Falcon recruiting efforts, scouting and will help with post player development.
Staley, originally from Cannon Falls, MN is a graduate of UW-River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He has a master’s degree in Sports Management from Concordia St. Paul.
David Eichler is in his second season with the men’s basketball coaching staff in 2019-20. Eichler is currently pursuing his post-baccalaureate degree in health and human performance and will graduate in the spring of 2020.
Eichler, originally form Northwest Arkansas, attended and play basketball at Ecclesia College where he holds the single season scoring record. Eichler also attended and played one year at Johnson and Wales University in Denver, Colorado.
Eichler has high school assistant coaching experience at Providence Academy (Rogers, Arkansas) where he helped lead them to a state title in 2014-15 and also head coaching experience at Lake Crystal-Welcome Memorial in Minnesota during the 2015-16 season.
Eichler is involved with the Falcon recruiting efforts, skill development and summer camps.
David and his fiancé, Charlee, reside in Prescott, WI, with their sons Asher and Baker.