Advice from Bo Ryan helped lead Freddie Owens to UW-Green Bay as an assistant coach  | Leader Telegram

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

According to media, Coach Will Ryan adds to his coaching staff

Coach Will Ryan has added former Badgers Brandon Pitzel and Freddie Owens to the UW-Green Bay men’s basketball coaching staff. State news has covered the hires.

Sources:

De Pere’s Brandon Pritzl, Wisconsin standout Freddie Owens among UWGB assistant hires | Green Bay Press Gazette

Milwaukee native and former Badgers standout Freddie Owens among UWGB assistant hires | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Former Redbird Pritzl to join UW-Green Bay coaching staff | NBC 26

Former men’s basketball associate coach hired at Minot State | Minot Daily News

Minot State University announced the hiring of Randall Herbst as an assistant coach. Herbst brings 25-plus years of coaching experience to the Minot State men’s basketball program after spending the last four seasons as an associate head coach with the Phoenix. Source: MSU men’s basketball adds Randall Herbst as an assistant coach |  Minot Daily News

Coach Will Ryan’s father, Bo Ryan, inducted into UW Athletic Hall of Fame | Wisconsin Badgers

Bo Ryan’s favorite buzz word has always been “NEXT.”

Its genesis can be traced to a playground court with steel nets on 8th and Pennell Streets in his hometown of Chester, Pennsylvania. To the hardcore local ballers, it was known as “The Cage.”

If you were on the winning side during the pickup games, the losers walked, and you’d stay on the court and offer the challenge “Who’s got next?” Make the last shot and it was simply ‘Next.’

Will Ryan surely can relate to how his dad’s system worked as a player and assistant. That knowledge gleaned from first-hand experience — on the Platteville and UW-Milwaukee rosters and the Badger staff — should bode well for Ryan, 41, who was recently named the UW-Green Bay head coach.

Source: 2020 UW Athletic Hall of Fame: Bo Ryan | Wisconsin Badgers

Q&A: Will Ryan discusses new position at UW-Green Bay | Spectrum News 1

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

Local news covers UW-Green Bay men’s basketball Coach Will Ryan’s introduction

On Thursday, June 11, new UW-Green Bay’s men’s basketball Head Coach Will Ryan was introduced with a live press conference and interview from Titletown Tech. Local media outlets covered the events.

News Coverage:

Will Ryan introduced as the UWGB men’s basketball head coach | WBAY

UWGB’s Will Ryan: It’s ‘special’ to get first D1 head coaching job in home state | NBC 26

Green Bay Phoenix introduce new coach Will Ryan | Fox 11

Green Bay Phoenix introduce Ryan as new head coach | WFRV

Meet (virtually) new Green Bay men’s basketball Head Coach Will Ryan today, June 11, 3-5 p.m.

Recently-named Green Bay head men’s basketball coach Will Ryan will be officially introduced at a private (but streamed) event on Thursday, June 11 at 3 p.m. Following his introductory press conference, Ryan talks with the “voice of the Phoenix” Brian Kuklinski for an exclusive 1-on-1 interview at approx. 4 p.m. Both events will be streamed at no cost on Facebook Live on the Green Bay Phoenix Men’s Basketball page, and fans are encouraged to submit their questions to be featured during the 1-on-1 interview.

This special introductory event will be invite-only, with many health and safety restrictions in place including social distancing mandates, mask/face covering requirements, limitations on capacity, and others. Plans for future events where season ticket holders and Phoenix supporters will be able to meet Coach Ryan are being planned for the coming months, health and safety dependent. Stay tuned to greenbayphoenix.com, @gbphoenixmbb and season ticket holder emails for more information.

Ryan was announced as the eighth head coach in program history this past Sunday. View the full release here.

Bo Knows: Legendary Badgers coach believes son is a good fit for UW-Green Bay | NBC 26

You may know him as “legendary Badgers coach Bo Ryan,” but these days, he identifies more as “proud father Bo Ryan.”

Bo’s son, Will Ryan, was recently announced as the head basketball coach at UW-Green Bay. He will be officially introduced on Thursday.

“We’re just extremely proud,” the college basketball hall of famer said. “Knowing that there’s only 350 or 60 Division I head coaching jobs in the country and the fact that he has one now… that’s a pretty good feeling.”

Source: Bo Knows: Legendary Badgers coach believes son is a good fit for UW-Green Bay | NBC 26

UW-Green Bay hiring of Will Ryan as head coach is big news in region

The Green Bay men’s basketball program will hire Will Ryan as its next head coach! Ryan, who is the oldest son of well-known College Basketball Hall of Famer and former University of Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan, arrives in Titletown after one highly successful season at Wheeling University in West Virginia. In just his first season as the leader of the Cardinals, he took a team picked last in its conference to a fifth-place finish, all after taking over the program in July and with only five players on the current roster at that time.

Source: Green Bay Names Will Ryan Head Men’s Basketball Coach | WBAY

More news coverage on the hire:

BREAKING: UW-Green Bay hires Will Ryan as head coach | WFRV

Green Bay Names Will Ryan Head Men’s Basketball Coach | The Score

UW-Green Bay men’s basketball program names Will Ryan head coach | The Big 920

UW-Green Bay hires Will Ryan, son of ex-Badgers coach Bo Ryan | WPR

Will Ryan named the new men’s basketball coach at UWGB | WIXX

A new era begins for UW-Green Bay men’s basketball | WFRV

UW-Green Bay Signs Will Ryan To Coach Phoenix Basketball | Seehafer News

UW-Green Bay men’s basketball coach Will Ryan has ‘important piece’ with senior guard PJ Pipes | Green Bay Press Gazette

New Phoenix coach Will Ryan has supporters, including Dad | WBAY

 

Green Bay names Will Ryan Head Men’s Basketball Coach

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Green Bay Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie has named Will Ryan the eighth head men’s basketball coach in Phoenix program history. Ryan and the University have reached an agreement in principle, with the details of the final contract still being worked out.

“What a great day for UW-Green Bay and Green Bay men’s basketball,” said Guthrie. “Hiring leaders is about getting the right fit at the right time and I have no doubt that Coach Ryan is exactly the right person to lead our program today and into the future. Will’s overall body of work as a collegiate coach has been remarkable and I believe that experience will serve us tremendously well as he embarks on his tenure at GB. We look forward to having Will, Emily, Owen, Liam and Callen join our family and the Green Bay community.”

Ryan, who is the oldest son of well-known College Basketball Hall of Famer and former University of Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan, arrives in Titletown after one highly successful season at Wheeling University in West Virginia. In just his first season as the leader of the Cardinals, he took a team picked last in their conference to a fifth-place finish, all after taking over the program in July and with only five players on the current roster at that time.

“We are thrilled to have Will Ryan be the next coach to lead our men’s basketball program. His passion for the game and our community is evident,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander. “We clearly have the right coach at the right time for UW-Green Bay and I am excited to see what he accomplishes here.”

“I am beyond excited to be the next head coach of the Green Bay Phoenix men’s basketball program. It’s an honor and a privilege to come back to my home state of Wisconsin and join a great University,” said Ryan. “I look forward to building a program with a group of hard-working student-athletes who are proud to represent Green Bay.”

Ryan, a Platteville-native who won two national championships as a player for the Pioneers while his father was head coach, has over 15 combined years as a Division I assistant. Prior to his year at Wheeling, Ryan was the head assistant coach at Ohio University and an assistant coach at North Dakota State University. While with the Bobcats, Ryan helped coach 14 All-Conference players and a pair of second-place finishes. His tenure with the Bison was even better, where he helped lead NDSU to two NCAA Tournaments and a memorable upset win over No. 5 seed Oklahoma in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

In his seven seasons in Fargo, Ryan helped the team advance to four postseason tournaments, tutor two Summit League Player of the Years and a program-record 26 wins in 2013-14. Ryan coached under Saul Phillips while at NDSU and Ohio, the current head coach at Northern State University in Minnesota.

Ryan spent five seasons with the Badgers as a Video Coordinator and as the Director of Basketball Operations, joining the program in 2002-03 as a volunteer assistant. He also served as head coach for the Wisconsin Swing AAU team in 2005.

Ryan graduated from UW-Milwaukee in December 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in educational studies and youth leadership. He played for Bruce Pearl, the current head coach at Auburn University, during his senior season.

Will and his wife, Emily, have three sons, Owen, Liam and Callen.

“I want to thank Chancellor Michael Alexander and Athletic Director Charles Guthrie for this amazing opportunity. Their passion for the University is infectious. I’m excited to join the proud Phoenix family,” said Ryan.

Ryan’s first official game as head coach of the Phoenix will come on Nov. 10 at Oklahoma State, with his first home game coming on Saturday, Nov. 14 against Montana State.

Details on an official introduction, press conference and community welcome will be announced in the coming days with plans for those events taking place this week.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT COACH RYAN

Bo Ryan, Father and Hall of Fame member, former Wisconsin HC:
“Kelly and I are proud of Will and his accomplishments in coaching and teaching. We wish Will and the team all the best as they embark on this new and exciting chapter.”

Greg Gard, current HC at Wisconsin:
“Will Ryan is a coaching natural. I’ve literally watched him grow up over the last 30 years from being a ball boy at UW-Platteville games, to coaching him as a player at Platteville High School and with the Pioneers, to the start of his coaching career with us at Wisconsin. You could tell early he was so at ease on the floor as a player and in his initial coaching roles. He saw, thought, and understood the game in a way that was way beyond his years. His knowledge of the game is exceptional, and combined with his level-headed demeanor and ability to communicate with today’s student-athlete, he’s a great fit for UW-Green Bay. I’m really happy for Will, Emily, and their three boys to return to their Wisconsin roots and be closer to their friends and family.”

Gene Taylor, AD at Kansas State, former AD at NDSU:
“Congratulations to Will and I’m very happy for Will, Emily and their family. He has worked extremely hard to get this opportunity and it is well deserved. Will is a tremendous person that will treat his athletes very well and will be successful.”

Saul Phillips, former HC at Ohio and North Dakota State, current HC at Northern State:
“Will has a great basketball mind. He is incredible at identifying and developing talent. He’ll be a great fit in the community.”

Rob Jeter, current HC at Western Illinois, former AC under Bo Ryan at Wisconsin and Milwaukee:
“Coach Ryan and his family have had such a positive impact on my life and so many others. Will now has an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather Butch and his father Bo leading and developing young men. Coaching is in his blood and his future is bright! What a blessing to have that opportunity in Wisconsin!!!”

WILL RYAN COACHING HISTORY
2019-20: Head Coach, Wheeling University
2014-19: Head Assistant Coach, Ohio University
2007-14: Assistant Coach, North Dakota State University
2002-07: Director of Basketball Operations and Video Coordinator, University of Wisconsin