When Freddie Owens was getting into the coaching business, he got some sound advice from a guy who knew a thing or two about the profession.
One thing Bo Ryan told his former player — Owens played with the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program from 2000-04, including three seasons under Ryan — was to make sure he surrounded himself with good people.
“Who you work for is everything,” Owens said while recalling Ryan’s words of wisdom. “That’s some of the advice I’ve tried to abide by the last 15 years. Jobs are hard to get. But at the same time, you have to be careful who you align yourself with and who you work for as well.”
Source: Advice from Bo Ryan helped lead Freddie Owens to UW-Green Bay as an assistant coach | Leader Telegram
Will Ryan took over last week as the new men’s basketball coach at UW-Green Bay. He spent the last season at Division II Wheeling in West Virginia. In an interview with Spectrum News 1, Ryan discusses what appealed to him about the Green Bay job.
Source: Q&A: Will Ryan Discusses New Position at UW-Green Bay | Spectrum News 1
The Green Bay Basketball Coaches Show, held on select Tuesdays throughout the 2018-19 basketball season at Green Bay Distillery, has returned. The show will be hosted by the voice of Phoenix men’s basketball, Brian Kuklinski, and will feature both basketball head coaches Kevin Borseth and Linc Darner. Student-athletes will also make special appearances throughout the season. Learn more.
First-year UWGB head coach Linc Darner is installing the same system here as he ran with last year’s NCAA D-II men’s basketball champions at Florida Southern. He talked about that in his preseason interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel… and he also talked about his familiarity with the rich history of Phoenix hoops, defense and Dick and Tony Bennett.
The University of Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas prior to releasing the final report of its investigation into alleged mistreatment of football and women’s basketball players. The report also determined that accusations of racial bias by seven former women’s basketball players against coach Matt Bollant — who took the Illini coaching reigns a year after leading the UWGB Phoenix to a Sweet 16 berth — were unfounded. Assistant Mike Divilbiss, also formerly of Green Bay, quit after accusations were made against him. (Those, too, were not substantiated by the school’s review.)
Rick Riehl, one of 78 members of UW-Green Bay’s original, June 1970 graduating class, was in his glory revisiting old times with classmates at the Alumni Days event at Shorewood Clubhouse on Sept. 2. Just a month later, he was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an extremely rare, degenerative and invariably fatal brain disorder. Riehl, a retired English teacher and multi-sport coach at West Bend East High School and a pillar of the community, is described this way by his local newspaper’s sports editor: “…If you went to East or played sports, at some point he entered your life. There’s not a whole lot of people who can say they had an impact on an entire city like he has.” A member of Lou LeCalsey’s first soccer team at UWGB, in his second career Riehl most recently served as Concordia University Wisconsin’s sports information director. On Saturday, Concordia will dedicate the football press box at Tomasini Field in his name. Riehl, his health and memory rapidly fading, will be there for the honor. Gary D’Amato of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a deeply moving and inspirational feature story about Riehl online.
Former De Pere H.S. women’s swim coach Tara Dowling has joined the Green Bay swimming and diving staff as a lead assistant, first-year head coach Reed Robelot announced this week. Dowling joins the Phoenix after graduating from Northern Michigan University in May with a degree in Health and Fitness Management. She was a three-time captain of the NMU swim and dive team.
UW-Green Bay has named Daniel Bickett as the next head coach of the Phoenix tennis programs, Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie announced on Thursday. Bickett joins Green Bay following a one-year stint as the head coach at UW-Oshkosh and six seasons as an assistant coach for the highly successful program at UW-Whitewater. Prior to arriving at UW-Oshkosh, the native of Houston, Texas, oversaw a staff of four tennis professionals as the Director of Tennis at Premier Tennis & Fitness in Janesville. For more, see the news release.
The countdown to our 50th anniversary continues. New since our last edition of the Log:
• The April 1982 press conference at which UWGB administrators introduced respected, well-liked assistant Dick Lien as the new men’s basketball coach would have broken the internet had it occurred today.
• Prof. Trinidad Chavez had a Sound Idea for a show/jazz choir, and the University had itself a scholarship troupe of musical ambassadors.
• Jazz Fest has nearly a 50-year history, and with top alumni including drummer Carl Allen returning to help out, it just keeps rolling along.
• It was Sheepshead Revue for Vol. 1, No. 1 in February 1975. Now Sheepshead Review, the UW-Green Bay literary publication is enjoying arguably its greatest success.
• Care to see a picture of Tim Sewall, who is today an interim administrator in student affairs, being a good sport by wearing a hot icy-silver costume for the 2003 Chili Cookoff? We’ve got it.
• UW-Green Bay has had an impressive recent run of UW System professor-of-the-year honorees. The recognition program began in 1992, and by 1993 UWGB had its first winner: Joseph Moran of Natural and Applied Sciences.
• Time was when UWGB Summer Music Camps held their closing camp concerts behind Theatre Hall (then known as the Creative Communication Building) and borrowed a “stage” in the form of the old Green Bay Parks department’s “Showmobile.” We have a photo.