*Face coverings are required upon entry regardless of vaccination status but may be removed during exercise/physical activity in the Student Development Complex and Gates Tennis Center. Please refer and adhere to all posted signage for specific arenas inside the Student Development Complex.
October 11-14, 2021
Registration closes Thursday, October 7, 11:59 pm.
Learning skills, working as a team, and having fun: that’s Michigan Tech’s Little Huskies boys’ basketball league. It’s about the best introduction to basketball you can imagine—personalized coaching that emphasizes both individual skills and team play, with plenty of time for gently competitive games in the SDC Multipurpose Gym. And Michigan Tech’s campus is a great environment for meeting new people and making friends.
What to Expect
Players will leave with fundamental basketball skills like ball-handling, shooting, team play, and defensive play.
Monday - Thursday, 4:00-6:00 pm
Scrimmage Dates TBA
Kids can wear their league shirts to Men's Basketball home games for free admission!
Registration closes Thursday, October 7, 11:59pm.
Register online. Payment is due in full at the time of registration. A parent or guardian must sign liability waiver and concussion awareness forms and have them on file with the Recreation Office prior to participation.
Meet the Coaches
Josh Buettner was named head men's basketball coach on April 16, 2021. Buettner helped the Huskies to the NCAA Midwest Region Championship game in his 1st season as associate head men's basketball coach in 2020-21. The team finished 15-8 overall as 12-6 in the GLIAC North Division. Prior to his promotion to Associate Head Coach, Buettner served 13 seasons as assistant coach after taking the position July 1, 2008. He has recruited four All-Americans and numerous All-GLIAC First Team selections since his appointment in 2008. The Shawano WI native starred for the Huskies from 2001-05. He was a two-time All-American and earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors as both a junior and senior. A 6-9 forward, Buettner finished third on Tech’s all-time scoring chart with 2,061 career points. Following his graduation from Tech in 2005, Buettner played professionally in Europe for three years. He played in leagues in Denmark, Switzerland, and Iceland, and was named the Danish Elite League Player of the Year in his second pro campaign. In addition to his coaching duties, Buettner teaches classes in the kinesiology and integrated physiology department and coordinates all of Michigan Tech's boys' basketball camps, clinics, and leagues as well as the Doghouse 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.
Ben Stelzer was hired as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach in June 2021 and is in his first season with the Huskies. Stelzer returned to Houghton after playing professional basketball in Spain and has also coached at several levels since his graduation from Michigan Tech in 2015. Stelzer's collegiate playing career began in 2011. He was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Huskies. Stelzer finished as the program's all-time leader in 3-pointers (363) and shot 44-percent as a senior. He was also named NCAA Division II All-American, Academic All-American, and Midwest Region Player of the Year. Stelzer led the Huskies to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16. After college, Stelzer played in Spain for Layma Basquet Coruna and led the league in total 3-pointers made and helped his team advance to the playoff semifinals. Stelzer worked as assistant coach of the Huskies in 2016-17 under then Head Coach Kevin Luke and Coach Buettner. He led and assisted workouts, broke down game film and scouting reports, and helped with recruiting. Stelzer ran clinics with small groups for youth, high school, and college level players from 2017-19 as a skill development coach. He gained experience as Director of Player Development for Wisconsin Playground Warriors AAU Club. He was on the men's basketball staff at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach during their 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship run. The team finished 29-3 overall and defeated Swarthmore College in the final. Since 2019, Stelzer has held the position of Player Development Intern with the Dallas Mavericks as well as Solid Base Skills and Drills website developer and owner, which provides remote player development training for players and teams from youth ages to college.