The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater established services for students that happen to have a disability in the early 1970s when a student showed up on campus in a wheelchair. His arrival forced campus to address accessibility and reasonable accommodation as it relates to facilities, transportation, programs, etc. The efforts to deal with these needs were headed by John Truesdale, who later was named Director of Disabled Student Services, a position he served in until about 2003. He also started the Adaptive Recreation program in 1973, and the wheelchair basketball team was born in result.
John Truesdale was also the first to coach the team for a couple of years, but then handed off these duties in the early '80s to Frank T. Burns. Burns was followed by Ron Lykins in the late '80s and early '90s. In the early to mid '90s Mike Frogley coached the team until Tracy Chynoweth took over in 1998. After another ten years, in 2008, Jeremy Lade was named the new head coach and remains in this position today.
The women's team was started in 2008 and Dan Price was the Head Coach from 2008-2016, then Christina Schwab took over in the summer of 2016.
The men's team has won the Intercollegiate National Championship in
1982 - 1996 - 1999 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2007 - 2009 - 2011 - 2012 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016
The women's team has won the Intercollegiate National Championship in
2012 - 2013 - 2014
Lindsey Zurbrugg is studying physical education (health and human performance) at UW-Whitewater, and is one of the veterans on the women’s wheelchair basketball team.
On March 9-11, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will host the 2017 national intercollegiate wheelchair basketball championships. The Warhawk men and women hail from all over the world and are among the best athletes in the sport.
The Warhawk men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams return to their home court on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19.
Athletes from the UW-Whitewater represented the United States, Germany and the Netherlands in the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 7-18.
Women's wheelchair basketball coach Christina Schwab will join 12 Warhawk alumni in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they will compete for three different countries in the Paralympic Games, September 7-18.