In Dallas, Wardle talks improvement, Marquette

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DALLAS — Green Bay men’s basketball coach Brian Wardle is in North Texas with some of his staff as they start thinking about next season with the Phoenix. The coaches are taking part in the National Association of Basketball Coaches annual convenion, held every year in the same area as the Final Four.

Wardle’s success with his team last season also put his name in the discussion for Marquette’s head coaching job, left vacant after Buzz Williams left for Virginia Tech. Wardle would not say if he interviewed for the job.

“That’s a private situation,” said Wardle. “It’s obviously a school that’s near and dear to my wife and my’s heart because we’re alums and graduates. We’re excited about Green Bay and we’re excited about the team we have coming back.”

Marquette hired former Duke assistant Steve “Wojciechowski as their head coach.

Wardle says the week in Dallas is valuable for his staff, as they attend presentation and discussions about coaching, as well as a valuable time to network.

“Continue to grow and improve ourselves, that’s what this whole convention is for,” said Wardle. “Then it’s a time to catch up with old friends. Former bosses, coaches that coached against me as a player and guys I’ve worked with, too. You really catch up with everyone, it’s just a great time.”

Wardle also says he’s had time to step back from the last season. While losses at home in the Horizon League Tournament and NIT left things on a sour note, he is focusing on the positives.

“We don’t want to take away from the body of work,” said Wardle. “we did some great things. We accomplished some things that haven’t been done in a long, long time.”

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