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Michael Frogley has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis on Broad Field Social Studies and a Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities. Having played basketball prior to his accident, Mike began coaching at his former high school following the car accident that resulted in his disability in 1986. In the spring of 1988, he started playing wheelchair basketball for his local club team. In 1989, he began studying and playing wheelchair basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
After completing his college athletic career, Mike spent one year as the interim head coach before being hired full-time. After coaching at UW-Whitewater for four years, Mike was hired to coach the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams at the University of Illinois where he continues to coach the men’s team today.
His teams have combined for eleven national championships. Mike served as an assistant coach with the Canadian Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team that won gold in the Atlanta Paralympics in 1996 and was the head coach of the Canadian Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team that won gold in Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and silver in Beijing in 2008 before stepping down to spend more time with his family.
He has been involved in numerous studies examining physical activity and disability. He has conducted wheelchair basketball camps around the world; has written on wheelchair basketball; and has produced an instructional DVD in wheelchair basketball. He is actively involved in the development of wheelchair basketball at all levels.