Mar 12, 2013
Dick Luther Retires From ‘Action Basketball Camps’

Wisconsin Lutheran College assistant coach and Winning Hoops contributor Dick Luther announced this week he will no longer continue his Action Basketball Camps, which have attracted thousands of young athletes for more than 30 years.

Luther has coached basketball for 47 seasons, helping the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to a Division III national title in 2012 before joining Wisconsin Lutheran College. He also helped the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha win six conference titles and two state championships over nine years. He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

Luther spoke to Winning Hoops‘ sister publication Coach And Athletic Director at the 2011 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Conference on his philosophy and advice for young coaches. Here is what he had to say about his decision to step back from his basketball camps:

After 34 years of successfully working with more than 25, 500 campers, I’ve made the difficult decision to close Action Basketball Camps. There will be no further summer camps. All pre-registration checks will be returned by mail. I will miss it very much but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I will, however, continue coaching at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

I began my camps in 1979 and my family and I screen-printed the first T-shirts in our garage. I started exclusively in Waukesha, but toward the late 1980s, my son Rod became co-director and we spread our camps throughout Waukesha County, to Burlington and Hawaii. At one point, we were the largest day basketball camp in Wisconsin. Rod was a great inspiration and my right-hand man but moved on in 1994. Former camper Matt Stempniewski stepped in as my right hand man.

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of great coaches. Together, we created a top fundamental camp that stood strong for 34 years. Special thanks to Frank Geiger of Geiger Awards, UW-Waukesha, Coca Cola and Boucher Chevrolet for all of your generous support throughout these many years. I want to give a very special thank-you to Coach Matt Stempniewski who has been my ‘other half’ at camp for more than 20 years. It has been an amazing run!

My sincere thank you to all of the parents and campers who made my dream a reality.

Sincerely,

Coach Dick Luther

Dick Luther Retires From ‘Action Basketball Camps’

Wisconsin Lutheran College assistant coach and Winning Hoops contributor Dick Luther announced this week he will no longer continue his Action Basketball Camps, which have attracted thousands of young athletes for more than 30 years.

Luther has coached basketball for 47 seasons, helping the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to a Division III national title in 2012 before joining Wisconsin Lutheran College. He also helped the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha win six conference titles and two state championships over nine years. He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

Luther spoke to Winning Hoops ‘ sister publication Coach And Athletic Director at the 2011 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Conference on his philosophy and advice for young coaches . Here is what he had to say about his decision to step back from his basketball camps:

After 34 years of successfully working with more than 25, 500 campers, I’ve made the difficult decision to close Action Basketball Camps. There will be no further summer camps. All pre-registration checks will be returned by mail. I will miss it very much but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I will, however, continue coaching at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

I began my camps in 1979 and my family and I screen-printed the first T-shirts in our garage. I started exclusively in Waukesha, but toward the late 1980s, my son Rod became co-director and we spread our camps throughout Waukesha County, to Burlington and Hawaii. At one point, we were the largest day basketball camp in Wisconsin. Rod was a great inspiration and my right-hand man but moved on in 1994. Former camper Matt Stempniewski stepped in as my right hand man.

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of great coaches. Together, we created a top fundamental camp that stood strong for 34 years. Special thanks to Frank Geiger of Geiger Awards, UW-Waukesha, Coca Cola and Boucher Chevrolet for all of your generous support throughout these many years. I want to give a very special thank-you to Coach Matt Stempniewski who has been my ‘other half’ at camp for more than 20 years. It has been an amazing run!

My sincere thank you to all of the parents and campers who made my dream a reality.

Sincerely,

Coach Dick Luther






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