Ben Retzlaff enters his second season as an assistant coach on Head Coach Matt Siverling’s staff at UW-Eau Claire.
Retzlaff attended nearby McDonell Central Catholic High School in Chippewa Falls, where he was a four-year varsity participant and two-time all-conference selection on the basketball court. During his senior season, he led the Macks to a school-best 27-2 record and the 2016 WIAA Division 5 State Championship. He was named ESPN-Madison Game MVP.
Retzlaff scored 1,020 career points and was named 2015-16 Chippewa County Player of the Year. He holds the McDonell school record for three-pointers in a game (11), the Leader-Telegram Northwest Wisconsin record for three-pointers in a season (101), the WIAA Division 5 State Tournament record for steals in a game (7), steals in a tournament (9), and three-pointers made in a tournament (7). Retzlaff was a WBCA All-Star and selected to the WBCA All-State Team in 2016.
Starting his education at St. Norbert College, Retzlaff competed for one year under Coach Gary Grzesk. As a member of the Green Knights, Retzlaff was rewarded a spot on the 2017 Midwest Conference All-Academic Team. The Green Knights experienced a 19-5 season and the 2017 Midwest Conference regular season title. While attending there, Retzlaff began his coaching understudy under the legendary Coach Woody Wilson.
In 2017-18, Retzlaff transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and joined Coach Siverling’s staff as an assistant. Since making the switch to coaching, Retzlaff has served as a summer camp coach for two NCAA Division I programs, the Iowa State Cyclones and Dayton Flyers.
Retzlaff is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Strategic Communication-Public Relations and currently resides in Chippewa Falls.