Jason Kalsow enters his third season as an assistant coach with the Toledo basketball program and his fifth year overall as a member of Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk's coaching staff.
"Jason is a rising star in the coaching profession and more importantly he is a good person," Kowalczyk said. "He possesses a great knowledge of the game, a tremendous presence on the practice floor and certainly knows what it takes to win."
In his first two seasons on the Rocket bench, Kalsow has helped UT institute a culture of discipline and accountability which resulted in the second-best turnaround (+15 wins) in the nation in 2011-12. Toledo posted a 19-17 record last year and notched its first postseason victory in 11 years in the CollegeInsiders.com Tournament. He also played a key role in the development of second-team All-MAC honoree Rian Pearson, honorable-mention All-MAC selection Curtis Dennis and MAC Freshman of the Year Julius Brown.
Kalsow came to Toledo from UW-Green Bay where he helped the Phoenix to a pair of 22-win campaigns. UWGB posted a 22-13 win-loss mark (11-7 in Horizon League) and advanced to the second round of the College Basketball Invitational in 2009-10. In 2008-09, Green Bay notched a 22-11 ledger and finished second in the conference with a 13-5 record en route to hosting the first post-season game in school history.
A Huntley, IL native, Kalsow enjoyed a standout collegiate career at UW-Stevens Point before playing professionally for one year in Iceland, where he participated in the 2005 Euro Cup.
As a collegian, Kalsow helped the Pointers capture a pair of NCAA Division III titles (2004, 2005) and three conference titles while accumulating an outstanding 103-18 (.851) record during his playing career. He was named the NCAA Division III National Player of the Year in 2005 and was also the Final Four's Most Valuable Player that season. A four-time all-league honoree and UWSP's all-time scoring and rebounding leader, he earned first-team All-America accolades his senior season after picking up second-team plaudits as a junior.
For his accomplishments on the court with the Pointers, Kalsow was inducted into
UWSP's Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2010.
Following his professional career, he served three years on UWSP's coaching staff, one season as a volunteer coach and two as a graduate assistant. During that time, the Pointers posted a 66-20 record and appeared in a pair of NCAA Tournaments.
Kalsow graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in social science in 2006. He earned his master's degree in education-adult based learning in May 2008.
The Jason Kalsow File
Born:July 18, 1983 in Elgin, IL.
Hometown: Huntley, IL.
B.S. in education/social science, UW-Stevens Point, '06
M.S. in education, UW-Stevens Point '08
2010- Assistant coach, University of Toledo
2009-10 Assistant coach, UW-Green Bay
2008-09 Dir. of Operations, UW-Green Bay
2006-08 Grad. Assistant Coach, UW-Stevens Point
2005-06 Volunteer Coach, UW-Stevens Point
2005-06 Iceland Basketball League
2001-05 UW-Stevens Point
2004-05 NCAA Division III Player of Year
2004-05 NCAA Division III First-Team All-American
2003-04 NCAA Division III Second-Team All-American
Four-time All-Conference honoree