Historic Basketball PhotoBill Breeding Scholarship Fund

In January 2005, the Rocky Mountain College 1985 NAIA District Championship men's basketball team was honored as the first team ever to be inducted into the Rocky Mountain College Athletic Ring of Honor. Over that weekend, the entire team agreed to start an annual fundraising effort to honor All-American Bill Breeding, the 7'2'' center on that team. A few years before the reunion Bill had passed away, and every teammate felt his loss.

Bill was a selfless and fun-loving teammate and arguable the greatest "big man" to ever play at Rocky Mountain College. Bill was a star, but never acted like one. He could score, rebound, block shots, and pass, and he was always looking out for his teammates and coaches. After his graduation in 1986, Bill was drafted by the Utah Jazz.Historic Basketball Photo

Bill was also popular on campus, as he was more than just a basketball player. He had a great sense of humor and a streak of practical jokester in him that still lives on through stories from friends and teammates. He is greatly missed by all of us!

When we saw Bill Dreikosen's team play during our weekend reunion, every former Battlin' Bear identified with the challenge these young student-athletes face against better funded programs. Every player and coach in 1985 faced similar challenges, but still won a long sought-after championship at RMC. Collectively they all decided to contribute to a fund in Bill Breeding's name that would be earmarked for men's basketball recruiting to be used by Coach Dreikosen as he saw fit.

The team has raised funds each year since 2005, and the memory of Bill Breeding is honored with every dollar collected. We are all proud to be Bill's friends, coaches, and teammates, and we continue to honor him and Rocky Mountain College with this special fund, the Bill Breeding Memorial Fund.

Mark Adams
Former Head Coach, RMC

To donate to the Bill Breeding Scholarship Fund, contact Coach Bill Dreikosen at 406.657.1034 or dreikosw@rocky.edu.

 
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