Head Coach/Camp Director Travis Schwab
Travis Schwab enters his fourth season as the head men’s basketball coach at Muskingum University.
In the 2017-2018 season, Schwab coached sophomore Marcus Dempsey to a record setting season and to First Team All-OAC accolades. Dempsey broke several Muskingum records during the season including: most points scored in a single game, most points scored in a single game, most field goals attempted in a game, and scoring average.
During his Muskie campaign, Schwab coached Muskingum freshman Jarrell Marsh and Marcus Dempsey to the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Freshman of the Year honor. Marsh, the 2015-16 honoree, led the team and ranked seventh in the league averaging 16.0 points per game. Dempsey, the 2016-17 honoree, averaged 16.4 points per game, ranking fifth in the league. Furthermore, junior Joshua Keyes garnered all-conference accolades under Schwab's tutelage and set the school record for career blocks (143).
Schwab arrived at Muskingum after a highly successful eight-year tenure at Wittenberg University, which includes serving as associate head coach of men’s basketball since 2013. During his time with the Tigers, Schwab helped lead Wittenberg to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 (Second Round), 2012 (Elite Eight) and 2014 (First Round). He helped guide Wittenberg to the 2011-12 regular season North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championship and to three NCAC Tournament championship games. Since 2007, Wittenberg has compiled an impressive 142-80 (.640 winning percentage) record. Under Schwab’s tutelage, numerous Tiger student-athletes have been honored with All-NCAC accolades.
Prior to Wittenberg, Schwab was assistant men’s basketball coach at Kenyon College during the 2006-07 campaign. He helped lead the Lords to double-digit wins for the first time in more than a decade and developed multiple student-athletes who were recognized with All-NCAC honors.
Schwab started his collegiate coaching career at Heidelberg University as a graduate assistant coach from 2004-06.
Schwab, a 2004 Ohio Wesleyan University graduate, is one of only two only players in NCAC history to be selected first-team all-conference four consecutive years during his career in the Ohio Wesleyan program. Following his senior season, Schwab was named to the prestigious National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America Team. Schwab's 1,985 career points rank second on the Ohio Wesleyan career scoring list and third on the NCAC's all-time list. He also holds the NCAC Tournament record for points in a game with 40 against Wooster in the 2004 semifinals.
Schwab is married to former Wittenberg volleyball standout Sarah Matesich. The couple has two kids.
Assistant Coach/Co-Camp Director Joe Puch
Joe Puch enters his fourth season as the assistant men’s basketball coach.
During his tenure on the Muskie staff, Puch helped coach freshman Jarrell Marsh, freshman Marcus Dempsey and junior Joshua Keyes to All-Ohio Athletic Conference Honorable Mention accolades. Marsh and Dempsey were named OAC Freshman of the Year and Keyes set the school record for career blocks.
Puch arrived at Muskingum after two successful years as a graduate assistant men’s basketball coach at Heidelberg University. Throughout his time at Heidelberg, Puch coached and developed Second Team All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree Deonte Holder, as well as, OAC Co-Freshman of the Year Kiere Bennie. Furthermore, Puch’s recruiting efforts helped Heidelberg secure some of the best talent in Ohio, bringing in three All-State selections and one District Player of the Year.
Following graduation from Marietta in 2012, Puch began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater. The Pioneers finished 20-8 on the season and won the OAC Championship. Under his coaching tutelage, the team advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Puch was a four-year standout on the Pioneer men’s basketball team. In 2011, Puch helped bring Marietta its first-ever OAC tournament title and first regular season crown in 36 years. That season, the Pioneers advanced to the Sweet 16. Puch and his 2012 classmates finished with 66 wins, the most by a graduating class in Marietta history. He was named the team's best defensive player for four consecutive years.
Puch received his Master of Education degree from Heidelberg in May 2015.