Iserloth inducted into UW-SP Hall of Fame

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


JOSH ISERLOTH, a 1999 Plymouth High School graduate, is shown with his award after being inducted into the UWStevens Point Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding basketball career for the Pointers. – Submitted photo JOSH ISERLOTH, a 1999 Plymouth High School graduate, is shown with his award after being inducted into the UWStevens Point Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding basketball career for the Pointers. – Submitted photo Josh Iserloth came a long way from his freshman year at Plymouth High School to becoming one of the greatest players in UW-Stevens Point men’s basketball history.

Iserloth, 1999 PHS graduate, was inducted into the UW-SP Athletic Hall of Fame last fall at the university’s annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

“Honestly, I never expected it because I didn’t think it was possible,” said Iserloth about his honor during a phone interview Tuesday night.

“I’m more humbled. It’s a tremendous honor to to be part of such an elite group.

“As a player, I relied on my teammates to get what I got [on offense]. It was more of a team thing. I wouldn’t be half the player I was if it wasn’t for my teammates.”

Iserloth wasn’t a starter for the PHS basketball team until his senior season when he blossomed into an outstanding player. That season, he was named the Eastern Wisconsin Conference’s Player of the Year and played in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 2 allstar game.

“All the hard work paid off. It was from the point that people were saying you couldn’t do it [be successful in basketball] to them cheering you on. It peaked at the right time,” he recalled.

“When I was a freshman I was lanky and 6-feet-4, and still growing into my body. I came a great way.”

Iserloth ranks No. 2 all-time in scoring average for the UW-SP men’s basketball program at 17.6 points per-game and is the Pointers’ sixth-leading career scorer with 1,552. Iserloth, a 6-8 forward/center at UW-SP, was an All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first-team pick in 2001-2003 which were his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

He played on the Pointers’ four straight WIAC championship teams in 2000-2003 and was a starter his final three seasons. Iserloth played in the 2000 and 2003 NCAA Division III tournaments. In 2000, the Pointers advanced to the Elite 8.

In 2002 as a junior he was named an All-Region first-team player by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and an All-Region second-team performer by D3hoops.com. As a senior, Iserloth was recognized as an All-Region third-team player by D3hoops.com

Iserloth is one of two players in the Pointers’ program history to score at least 40 points in a game – accomplishing it twice in 2002.

“I was a good inside and outside scorer. That [scoring achievements at UW-SP] meant a lot to me. I was proud of that. I was always chasing that greatness,” he said.

Three-point shooting was a key to Iserloth’s game in college. Because he had teammates who posed a good inside threat, it allowed Iserloth to step back and shoot threes.

“My head coach, Jack Bennett, worked me to my potential and got everything out of me,” recalled Iserloth.

“He believed in me. He allowed me to shoot threes.”

Iserloth said he was nervous that he wouldn’t live up to expectations when he entered his freshman season at UW-SP.

“It was intimidating my freshman year. Eventually you catch up to speed and it all clicked my sophomore year,” he said. “It was a huge confidence-booster when I stepped onto the floor as a starter.

“Once it got rolling I wasn’t surprised that I was able to put up the offensive numbers. Once I got onto the court I believed I was the best player. My junior year was my best year.”

“I wish I was a better all-around player. My only regret was that I couldn’t do more on defense to help my teammates,” Iserloth pointed out.

When he accepted his Hall of Fame award, Iserloth acknowledged his family and friends, and gave special recognition to the late Dave Kuhn who coached him when he was a youth. Iserloth said Kuhn believed in him and that a lot of what he accomplished at the collegiate level was from Kuhn’s coaching.

Iserloth said a lot of hard work by him and the support from his family and relatives were keys to his success as a basketball player. His parents are Dan and Sherry Iserloth of Plymouth. Josh has a younger brother, Jon.

Iserloth recalled his fondest memories of being in the UW-SP basketball program.

“We had the amazing support of the community and fans. We had a tight-knit group and had a bond with teammates and coaches inside and outside the gym,” he said.

“I still talk to a lot of the guys I played with. The friendships and bonds you have mean more now.”

Iserloth resides in Shawano where he is employed at Wisconsin Film and Bag as a safety manager and process improvement technician.


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