Phoenix's Wardle named man of the year

ONLINE EXTRA: Interview with UW-Green Bay Head Coach Brian Wardle in Dallas
ONLINE EXTRA: Interview with UW-Green Bay Head Coach Brian Wardle in Dallas
Green Bay head men’s basketball coach Brian Wardle was named the 2014 Skip Prosser Man of the Year award at the annual awards banquet on Friday in Dallas.

The Skip Prosser Award was established in 2008 to honor those who not only achieve success on the basketball court but who display moral integrity off of it as well. The award is named after the late Skip Prosser, who died suddenly in 2007 while the head coach at Wake Forest.

Prosser posted a career record of 291-146 in 14 seasons as a head coach at Loyola, Xavier and Wake Forest. During his time at Wake, Prosser’s teams averaged 21 wins per season while playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“It is a great and humbling honor to receive the Skip Prosser Man of the Year award,” Wardle said. “Through my encounters with Coach Prosser as an opposing player and a young coach, I know he was a man of great integrity and an excellent basketball coach. I want to thank College Insider and the awards committee for recognizing Green Bay Basketball. I especially thank my family, our athletics department staff, our coaching staff and our players. This is the type of award I will be most proud to share with my kids and grandkids one day.”

Past winners of the honor include Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Ed Conroy (The Citadel), Bob Marlin (Sam Houston State), Chris Mack (Xavier), Jimmy Patsos (Loyola MD) and Joe Mihalich (Niagara).

This past season, Wardle guided Green Bay to its best season in almost two decades as the Phoenix was 24-7 overall, 14-2 mark in the Horizon League as the Phoenix claimed its first conference’s regular season title for the first time since 1995-96. Wardle was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year and the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 12 Coach of the Year.

Wardle just completed his fourth season at the helm of the Green Bay program and has an overall record of 71-55.