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Brian Butch Basketball Camps

Camp Staff

Lee Rabas

Coach Rabas is beginning his 5th summer as an assistant director for the Brian Butch basketball camps, adding to his extensive tenure of basketball experience in the state of Wisconsin, and particularly in the Fox Valley area.  He just finished his 2nd season as the head boy's basketball coach at Neenah High School, which competes in the ultra-competitive Fox Valley Association (FVA).  In two years his record is 28-20 overall, 21-15 in the FVA. 


Before arriving at Neenah High School Rabas spent 6 seasons at the head men’s basketball coach at UW-Fox Valley where he led the Cyclones to a 136-23 overall record, three WCC-East championships, and three WCC tournament championships.  Coach Rabas was named the WCC-East coach of the year in each of his first 5 seasons.  In addition he was also honored by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association as the Junior College coach of the year in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014.


Prior to his time at UW-Fox Valley, Rabas spent 5 seasons as an assistant men's basketball coach at Lawrence University in Appleton.  During that time the Vikings achieved a record of 99-27, four Midwest Conference championships, four trips to the NCAA tournament, and the best single season record in school history in 2005-06 (25-1).  


Before his move to the college ranks, he spent 7 years as the head boys basketball coach at Xavier High School.  He led the Hawks to a 103-56 record over seven seasons dating from 1997-2004.  During that time his teams captured two conference championships, finished in 2nd place three times, and finished the 1998 season as the WISAA Division 1 state runners-up.  That season he was named the Post-Crescent high school coach of the year.


Rabas got his start in coaching basketball as an assistant coach for seven years at four different schools including La Crosse Aquinas H.S., La Crosse Logan H.S., UW-La Crosse, and Neenah H.S.  He has worked and run basketball camps throughout the state and midwest for 27 years, serves on the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association executive board, is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and owns a career record of 267-99 as a head basketball coach.


A graduate of Kewaunee (WI) High School (1989), Rabas is also an elementary (K-5) wellness education instructor in the Neenah Joint School District.  He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physical Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Rabas, his wife Dawn, and their two children live in Appleton.

John Cleaver

Coach Cleaver is also entering his 4th season with Brian Butch basketball camps this summer, serving as an assistant director.   Cleaver is building on 13 years, and over 300 games worth of basketball coaching experience at the college and high school levels.  He was an assistant coach at Lourdes Academy from 2005-2012, and head junior varsity coach from 2009 to 2011.  During this time, Lourdes won 4 Trailways Conference titles, and qualified 3 times in 7 years for the WIAA Division 4 state tournament.  Cleaver served under North squad head coach Dennis Ruedinger (Lourdes Academy) as an assistant coach for the 2011 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All Star games.  From 2006-2012, Cleaver also served as the Athletics Director at Lourdes Academy.

Prior to his work at Lourdes, Cleaver gained valuable coaching experience at the collegiate level, serving as an assistant coach at Bemidji State University (MN) from 2004-2005 and UW-La Crosse from 1999-2004.  Cleaver graduated high school from Lourdes Academy in 1999, capping off his playing career as a part of the 1999 WISAA state championship team. 

Currently, John teaches math at Kaukauna High School and served this past winter as the 7th grade boys coach in the Xavier Youth Basketball Association.  He works with numerous basketball players and other programs around the Fox Valley area.  He lives in Greenville, with his wife Alison, and their three children.

Ryan Wockenfus 

A native of New London, Wis., Wockenfus spent the 2016- 2017 season as an assistant coach with the Men's basketball team at Lawerance University. He spent the 2015–16 season as an assistant coach with the men’s basketball team at Marian University. Prior to that, he served as an assistant for three seasons at St. Mary’s (Minn.) University and worked for one season as an assistant at Winona (Minn.) High School.

A 2011 graduate of St. Mary’s with a degree in elementary education, Wockenfus was a basketball and track and field standout for the Cardinals. Along with playing hoops,Wockenfus was a two-time All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Track & Field performer. Wockfenfus was a three-sport prep star at New London High School. A basketball, football and track and field standout, Wockenfus was named New London’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Wockenfus has directed basketball camps in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois, and Michigan and enjoys meeting new young people at every camp.Wockenfus and his wife, Nicole, live in Kimberly.

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