Induction Year: 2011
Few names are more synonymousand few people have made as indelible a mark on UW-Superior athletics as that of 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Roger Prescott.
Dr. Prescott was a head coach or an assistant coach for several programs from 1969 to 1994, serving both men's and women's sports.
Dr. Prescott's first coaching positions at UW-Superior came in 1968, when he was the assistant men's basketball coach and assistant track and field coach. In 1970 he became the head track and field coach and played a pivotal role in helping thrower and fellow Hall of Fame member Doug Sutherland qualify for the NAIA National Meet, where he earned All-American status in the shot put.
In 1972 Dr. Prescott became one of the busiest men on campus, holding a coaching position on several different staffs. He was an assistant coach with the football team and head cross country coach, a position he held until 1989. During those years he was the assistant men's track and field coach, where he helped recruit fellow Hall of Fame member Todd Sperling into the program. Sperling would go on to win the national championship in the marathon in 1982.
In 1976, Dr. Prescott became the first head coach of the Yellowjacket women's basketball program and coached several of the program's greatest players over his 13 years. In this position, Dr. Prescott led the team to the 1983-'84 WWIAC North Division championship, and in 1985-'86 qualified his team for the NAIA tournament, where his student-athletes advanced to the second round. He was the first male to be named WWIAC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year.
Dr. Prescott is a 1961 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He played basketball at Drake from 1958 to 1961 and was a member of its track team in 1961. Drake honored Dr. Prescott in 2010 with the Double "D" Award, which honors Drake letter winners for distinguished service after graduation. It is the highest honor bestowed on Drake University alumni.
In addition to coaching, Dr. Prescott was an educator at UW-Superior for 31 years, from 1968 until his retirement in 1999. Today Dr. Prescott remains a staunch supporter and great ambassador for UW-Superior and can be seen regularly at university athletic events.