AD Gillespie signs five-year extension

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie has signed on for another five years, as announced by University officials on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Gillespie is currently in her third year at UW-Green Bay and has led the athletics department’s fundraising efforts, made several head coaching hires and has built a strong staff that has elevated the department. Read more at http://greenbayphoenix.com/

Snapshots: Surprise for Kress user No. 1,000,000

UW-Green Bay student Ashley Garza headed over to the Kress fitness center on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 4) to spend some time on her favorite cardio machine… and walked into a big surprise at the front desk. Eight years of card-swiping each and every fitness, recreation and intramural patron allowed Kress Center staff to pinpoint Garza’s workout as the one-millionth patron visit since the facility’s grand opening in November 2007. Garza received a gift package of apparel, passes and discounts from Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie to mark the milestone.

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Celebration of one-millionth Kress patron, November 4, 2015

Phoenix programs shine on NCAA’s graduation-success measure

Eight University of Wisconsin-Green Bay athletic programs posted perfect graduation success rates, while a total of 13 programs finished above the national average among non-football Division I NCAA schools, as announced by the NCAA office on Wednesday afternoon. On the women’s side, basketball, cross country, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball all posted perfect scores, as did men’s cross country, Nordic skiing and tennis. Additionally, finishing above their respective GSR national averages were women’s softball and men’s basketball, golf, soccer and swimming. “Ensuring academic success and graduation for student-athletes are our top priorities at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” said Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie. “This data reinforces that commitment and is a testament to our coaches who recruit quality student-athletes and our faculty and staff who work as a team to help students be successful.” For more.

Phoenix Fund achieves first million-dollar year

With the 2014-15 fiscal year in the books, the Green Bay Athletic Department is proud to announce a record-setting year for the Phoenix Fund with a total of $1,127,485 raised for student-athlete scholarships and program support.  This total marks a 33 percent increase from the 2013-14 fiscal year. “This year’s success is a credit to our generous and loyal donors, the diligence of our volunteers, the outstanding work of our development staff, and our talented coaches who recruit quality student-athletes that alumni and fans are proud to support,” says Phoenix AD Mary Ellen Gillepie. For more, click here.

Spielmann retirement get-together is July 6

Mark your calendars: An informal sendoff for Dan Spielmann is set for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 6, at the Shorewood Golf Course Clubhouse. Spielmann is retiring later that week after a 36-year UW-Green Bay career, in two separate tours of duty, in which he has contributed in numerous ways to the University’s development. The man of many hats has been a chief of staff or adviser to all six UW-Green Bay chancellors and served as Phoenix Athletics director, a popular and respected member of the Business faculty, chief legal counsel, fundraiser, and interim vice chancellor, interim assistant chancellor and permanent all-around good guy. The gathering is free and open to all. More details forthcoming.

County Board OKs new video board for Resch


The Brown County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to authorize up to $1 million for a new video scoreboard at the Resch Center, the community facility that is home to Phoenix men’s basketball. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that UW-Green Bay Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie spoke at the meeting and called the current video board “the worst in the Horizon League.” Gillespie said the existing scoreboard impedes the school’s “ability to generate additional revenue… (and its) home court advantage.”

Gillespie earns spot on NCAA’s Division I basketball committee


Green Bay Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee. She will begin her five-year term Sept. 1, becoming the first administrator in the history of the Horizon League to serve on the selection committee. “This is fantastic recognition for UW-Green Bay and Phoenix Athletics,” Chancellor Gary L. Miller said, “and it’s the strongest possible affirmation of Mary Ellen’s leadership and her commitment to student athletes.” The 10-member committee is charged with elevating the game of women’s basketball and providing a first-rate championship experience for student-athletes, coaches and fans.