Chancellor comments on Phoenix coaching change

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas K. Harden said he will meet Thursday (March 29) with Phoenix Athletics Director Ken Bothof to confer, set a timetable and develop a process for hiring a new head women’s basketball coach to replace Matt Bollant. Harden said he and Bothof have been discussing for several days the likelihood that Bollant would accept an offer from the University of Illinois. In a statement to friends and fans of the program, Harden expressed appreciation for Bollant’s five years at UW-Green Bay: “I wish him the best as he accepts the challenge of a new opportunity… He has been an excellent coach, a fine ambassador for Phoenix Athletics and this University, and a friend to many here in Green Bay.” In the meantime, the Chancellor said, the program remains in good hands. “The amazing success of UW-Green Bay’s Top 25 women’s basketball program is truly a collaborative community-and-university phenomenon. We’ve been privileged to have outstanding coaches over the years, but the program is much more than that: it’s top-notch student athletes, faculty, advisers, support staff, fans, community supporters and a region that values women’s athletics.” He said he is confident in the program’s continued success.