Dear Wisconsin Herd Fans,
My parents have a picture of me, from when I was about 2 years old, wearing my Dad’s basketball shoes. I loved wearing his basketball shoes, but more than that, I loved the game. It seemed like I always had a ball with me — at least everywhere I could take one. I had big dreams for a little boy, and I still have them today.
Like many of you, I grew up loving basketball. I see myself in the kids at the local Boys & Girls Club who won’t leave the gym without swishing their last shot and the teen who stays at Stevens Park all day trying to beat his own free throw record. I can relate to the high school basketball player stepping onto the court for his first varsity game, and to the one preparing for her last. I used to play on the court in my backyard until it was too dark to see the ball — nothing could keep me away from this game.
My parents introduced me to basketball and have been with me every step of the way. I am the second oldest of seven kids, and we all played the game. My brothers and sisters were some of my toughest opponents and we have always been each other’s biggest fans. Basketball and family are synonymous for me. My wife, Brooke, played college basketball as well; we love sharing the game with each other and our four children and could not imagine our lives without it. We are excited to extend our family to include Herd fans throughout Oshkosh, the Fox Valley and across the state of Wisconsin.
The Oshkosh All-Stars established the city as a basketball powerhouse from 1937 to 1949, only missing the playoffs once while winning two National Basketball League Championship titles. The Wisconsin Flyers brought the same competitive spirit in 1982, making two playoff appearances during their tenure. I look forward to building on the strong tradition of basketball that lives in Oshkosh and the surrounding communities. I was 4 years old in 1987, the last time there was a professional basketball team in Oshkosh. We can’t wait to bring professional basketball back after 30 years!
As dedicated fans, you are as much a part of our team as the front office staff, coaches and players. I’m excited to be a part of the inaugural season as we tip off a new era of professional basketball in Oshkosh. We know the Wisconsin Herd has big shoes to fill, familiar territory for a boy with a dream.
Let’s go Herd!
Coach Jordan Brady