Soderberg to be inducted into WBCA Hall of Fame
For the Gazette
STEVENS POINT – Former Pacelli and UWSP graduate, Brad Soderberg will be inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Soderberg began his coaching career in 1984, as the junior varsity coach at UWSP, after playing for the Pointers and head coach, Dick Bennett, from 1982-84.
After earning his master’s degree and serving as graduate assistant at Colorado State University, he accepted his first full time job as an assistant coach at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. In 1987, Brad and his wife, Linda, moved to Dubuque, IA, where he coach at Loras College – one year as an assistant and five years as head coach of the Duhawks.
After a two-year stint as the head coach at South Dakota State University in Brooking, SD, Brad rejoined his college coach at the University of Wisconsin in 1995. During his six years in Madison, the Badgers participated in four NCAA tournaments, including a run to the 2000 Final Four.
During the 2000-01 season, Soderberg coached his home state Badgers as interim head coach.
Soderberg’s career continued at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 2001-07; the last five of those seasons as the Billiken’s head coach. From 2009-2015, Soderberg was head coach at Lindenwood University, an NCAA Division II institution in St. Charles, MO, where he coached his oldest son, Kramer.
“Coach Sodie” has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach on Tony Bennett’s staff at the University of Virginia. The Cavaliers grabbed a 2019 National Championship in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Brad follows in the steps of his father, Don Soderberg, a 2000 WBCA Hall of Fame inductee.
He is being inducted into the 2020 class as a “College Coach,” along with Bruce Weber, Kansas State, University of Illinois, and South Illinois University.
The rescheduled 2020 Hall of Fame induction will be held at Glacier Canyon Lodge of the Wilderness Resort, in Wisconsin Dells, on Aug. 1. For more information, contact Joan Petitgone at 608-778-2524 or [email protected], or visit wisbca.org.