Q & A with national champion, coach Brent Wichtner

A Q & A with sports editor Dominic Santina

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Rochester College women's basketball coach Brent Wichtner grew up in North Branch, Michigan. When in high school he played baseball, basketball, track, golf, and cross country. After high school he went to Alpena Community College, where he played basketball for two years. He then transferred to Saginaw Valley State University to play basketball for one year. Finally, he transferred to Rochester College to play baseball and basketball and get his degree in psychology.

Q: How did you find RC?

A: We scrimmaged Rochester when I was at Saginaw Valley and that was the first time I had heard of them. I decided to come and attend a camp in the summer.

Q: Why did you decide to become a coach?

A: I decided to coach because I wanted to make an impact in kids lives like Garth Pleasant made in mine. I love the game of basketball and I felt like I could give back like so many did for me.

Q: How do you think the regular season went?

A: I was pleased with our growth over the year. We had a tough schedule, which we had not played in the past. We started playing our best basketball towards the end of the season. Our goal was to get better every day and I believe we did that.

Q: How did it feel to win a national championship?

A: The feeling was quite surreal. I was so proud of our growth as a team and family. The fact that it was the first one in program history, really made it that more special. I was very happy for the team and the community.

Q: What does it mean to the program to win a national championship?

A: With it being the first in school history, it means that we put Rochester College women's basketball on the map. It is going to help our recruiting efforts a lot. The hard work we put in during the offseason paid off and I am happy for our seniors.

Q: What are your thoughts on both teams winning a national championship on the same day in the same gym?

A: It is awesome that for our school and community that we had the success in men’s and women's basketball. Since, I played for the men’s team and coach the women’s it was a little extra special for me.

Q: What does it mean for RC?

A: While we move forward, it is going to help recruiting along with giving students some entertainment of good basketball when attending games. I feel like students are proud to wear RC gear and colors when have success as we did.