- Fans idealize the star college basketball players on the court.
But it isn't just the players and coaches that make up a successful program.
Student manager and UW sophomore Logan Wanca knows his responsibilities for the Badger basketball team.
"All of the odds and ends," Wanca said. "Anything to help this program get better."
Wanca graduated from Antigo High School and student managed the Red Robbins basketball team.
"That's why I'm here now," Wanca said. "Doing what I love during college."
But Wanca didn't get the job his freshman year. So during the summer he worked Badger basketball. That experience helped him land this job this year.
Wanca is one of 16 student managers on the team—a total that almost outnumbers the players. Head coach Greg Gard recognizes their work.
"Really at the heart and soul of what we do," Gard said. "I mean, they do so many things that they don't get credit for. Obviously when the 17,000 are in here for a game, they don't realize how big of an impact they have on this program."
For some perspective on how important student mangers are to the program, the team's current director of basketball operations worked as a student manager for the basketball team for her four years as a student at Madison.
"I know very much what is necessary in their position, and I know how crucial they are to our coaching staff and support staff for all the daily tasks," said Men's Director of Basketball Operations Kat Vosters.
Whether it's taking stats, rebounding during practice, tracking video, or wiping up sweet, Wanca loves his job.
"I don't take anything for granted," he said. "I'm here all the time."