Werner Teams Up for 14th Year as Official NCAA® March Madness® Ranking


Werner celebrates with fans, coaches and players as they reach new heights throughout March Madness®; Custom designed Werner podium ladders used in men’s and women’s regional and championship games

ITASCA, Ill., March 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Werner, the Global Leader in Ladders and Manufacturer of Climbing Products and Fall Protection Equipment, Partners with the NCAA® for the 14th consecutive year to provide custom ladders for net-cutting ceremonies at men’s and women’s regional and national championship basketball games. The personalized Werner Podium ladders used to cut nets are uniquely designed with a larger platform and taller guardrail to accommodate coaches and athletes safely and comfortably.

“The Werner name has been synonymous with innovation for 100 years and we’re proud to continue that legacy through long-standing partnerships like the one we have with the NCAA,” said Stacy Gardella, Head of Technology and Global Marketing Operations, WernerCo. “We’re thrilled to be part of those winning moments and sharing those experiences while keeping players and coaches safe as they cut the nets every year. And this year, we’re excited to provide fans with opportunities to be part of the tournament experience.”

The NCAA® The Women’s Division I Championship will take place at Minneapolis, Minnesotato Sunday April 3while the NCAA® The Men’s Division I Championship will take place at New Orleans, LAto Monday april 4th.

Extend the fan experience
This year, Werner is once again helping fans reach new heights by expanding access to champions. Werner renewed his sponsorship of the exclusive Spanish-language broadcast of the Men’s Final Four® matches with Westwood One, giving fans another way to experience the excitement of the tournament.

Additionally, the NCAA Championship Podium Ladder will be touring in New Orleans and Minneapolis during the Men’s and Women’s Final Four weekend, giving fans the opportunity to “step up with Werner.” Sports fans can enter a contest by taking pictures of themselves with the Werner Championship Podium Ladder, uploading to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tagging @wernerladderco and using the hashtag #OfficialLadderOf to have a chance to win a 3′ replica of the NCAA Championship Podium Ladder.

Tribute to talented coaches and mentors
In addition to tournament sponsorships, Werner is also a proud sponsor of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), and the Naismith Male and Female Coach of the Year Award. Werner has been the title sponsor of the Naismith Awards since 2017, which are awarded annually to male and female coaches who achieve exceptional success on the pitch. Last year, from Stanford University Tara Van Derveer and Gonzaga University Mark little were honored as recipients of the 2021 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s and Men’s College Coach of the Year Awards.

look “History of the Clean Cutto see how the after-game net-cutting tradition began. To learn more about the Werner brand celebrating 100 years, basketball partnerships and new Werner product innovations, visit https://www.wernerco.com/100.

Werner, a WernerCo brand, is the official NCAA scale® march madness® and the world leader in ladders offering a complete line of climbing products designed for work at height. The portfolio includes scalesattic ladders, scaffolding, pump jacks, stages, boards, stepladders, accessories and protection against falls equipment including harnesses, lanyards, anchors and compliance kits. From ladders to fall protection, WERNER offers a complete line of climbing equipment designed to give you maximum safety, durability and productivity at all heights. For more information, visit www.wernerladder.com.

The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and universities that prioritize academics, well-being, and equity to create greater opportunities for nearly half a million students- athletes every year. The NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for student-athletes pursuing academic goals and participating in NCAA sports. More than 54,000 student-athletes experience the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics by competing in the NCAA Championships each year. To visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details on the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola as Official Corporate Champions and the following elite corporations as Official Corporate Partners: Aflac, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Geico, Great Clips, Invesco, LG, Marriott Bonvoy , Nabisco, Nissan, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.

NCAA, March Madness and Final Four are registered trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Founded in the 1956-57 season, the Atlanta Tipoff Club is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding achievements of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club administers the Naismith Awards, the most prestigious national honors for all college and high school basketball. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the Naismith Awards family recognizes the best male and female college and high school basketball players and coaches each year. Other Naismith Awards are given to college basketball male and female defensive players of the year, as well as lifetime achievement awards to basketball officials and outstanding contributors to the game. UCLA Lew Alcindor received the first Jersey Mike’s Naismith trophy in 1969, while the late Anne Donovan (Old Dominion) was the first female recipient in 1983. Corporate partners of the Naismith Awards include Jersey Mike’s and Werner Ladder.

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