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Legacy Leadership Award

This award was established in 2019 to honor the legacy, leadership, and lives of WBCA Executive Board members John Cary, Jerry Petitgoue, and David Royston in recognition of their leadership qualities, characteristics in interpersonal relationships, and achievement as Board members.

John Cary served as the MACC Fund's director for nearly 37 years until his retirement in 2018. During that time the cure rate for pediatric cancer increased from 20 percent to 80 percent. The MACC Fund, since its inception in 1976, has contributed over $67 million dollars to childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. The WBCA has proudly contributed $2.9 million dollars towards that amount.

Jerry Petitgoue of Cuba City is the winningest coach in Wisconsin high school basketball history. Petitgoue has coached Varsity basketball for 58 years achieving a career record of 975 victories with three state championships through the 2019 season. He is presently in his 25th year as the Executive Director of the WBCA.

David Royston and his wife, Joy, have led Sports Impressions since 1989 and JustAGame Fieldhouse since 2006 in Wisconsin Dells. Their partnership with the WBCA and the MACC Fund has been a catalyst for the growth in membership and donations. JustAGame provides a home for the WBCA Hall of Fame, Fall Coaches Clinic, and the WBCA All-Star games.

The WBCA Legacy Leadership Award will be given annually to an Executive Board member as well as a girl and boy senior student-athlete who demonstrates the exemplary qualities of Character, Courage, and Service.

A committee established by the Executive Board has been given the honor and privilege to lead the yearly process of selecting an Executive Board member and two student recipients. Please join us in the journey of honoring the legacy of three exemplary leaders and our outstanding organization.

2019: MacKenzie Lindow

2020: Brady Olson

2021: Boys - Logan White, Girls - Maty Wilke

2022: Boys - Logan Uppena, Girls - Makenzie Breunig

Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Members,

Thank you for the life-changing leadership and dedicated service that you provide as a member of the WBCA Coaches Association. Please consider nominating one of your students for the Legacy Leadership Award. The committee invites your consideration to nominate a student in their senior year who exemplifies the qualities of character, courage and service. Please join us in the journey of honoring the legacy of three exemplary leaders and our outstanding organization.

The information regarding the award and nomination criteria are included with this message. For the first time the WBCA is expanding the student selections from one honoree to two. One girl and one boy student-athlete will be chosen and selected.

We thank you as members of the Legacy Leadership Committee for your participation in the process as well as your ongoing championing of the game of basketball and those who have been given the honor and privilege to be associated with the game, the people and the state we love.


Tom Andres and Jim Scheidler Co-Chairs

Kate Peterson Abiad
Ken Barrett
Terry Erickson
John Fullerton
Jade Royston
Dennis Semrau
Mark Stewart
Nicole Sutter
Cliff Thompson
Dan Witter


  • The ability to have a profound effect on others by living their lives with passion, integrity and purpose.

  • Inspires others to greatness

  • Upholds and supports the mission and values of the WBCA


  • The ability to move beyond fear; to be confident enough to do what you believe in.

  • Challenges the status-quo in striving to find new directions for the organizations

  • Mentors others and encourages their self-expression


  • The ability to encourage service for others while also serving.

  • Is sensitive to the needs of others

  • Fosters personal growth in those who work and serve with them




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