La Crosse, Wis. – Viterbo University men's basketball head coach Wayne Wagner announced today that Austin Poehls (Cadott, Wis.) has signed a letter of intent to play for the V-Hawks this fall.
"When it comes to becoming a V-Hawk, I cannot wait," stated Poehls. "I am thrilled to have this opportunity to get a solid education as well as better myself in the game of basketball. I look forward to meeting new people and becoming part of the V-Hawk community."
"Austin is a very versatile player that can handle the ball, shoot from long range and is a very good passer," commented Coach Wagner. "More importantly we are looking for student-athletes that can not only play the game, but are great all around student-athletes that can become leaders on our campus. As we got to know Austin it became apparent to our staff that he fit the mold we are looking for."
Poehls, a 6'0 Guard, will join the V-Hawk basketball program after finishing a stellar career at Cadott High School where he was a four year letter winner for the Hornet basketball team. After averaging 6.4 points per game his first two seasons at Cadott, Poehls developed into the top scorer for the Hornets. As a junior, Poehls averaged 12.7 points per game and upped that to 15 ppg as a senior. He not only was the leading scorer his final season, but he was also the top assist person as he averaged 5.6 assists per game. He also grabbed 5.5 rebounds per game to round out his game. For his accomplishments, Poehls was awarded second team all-conference as a junior and first team all-conference as a senior. Poehls did not only have individual success this season but he helped lead the Hornets to their best season since the 1990-1991 season as they finished 19-5 overall and finished second in the very competitive Western Cloverbelt Conference.
Basketball was not the only reason that Poehls chose to become a V-Hawk as he is also a very successful student. Poehls will pursue a degree in Accounting and hopes to advance his degree with Vitebo's 4+1 program which allows students to get their MBA in just one year.
"Academically Viterbo seemed like a perfect fit just like basketball did," stated Poehls. "I was really attracted to the reputation that the school of business has at Viterbo and the fact that I could get my master's degree in just one year."