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Green Bay, Brian Wardle agree to new five-year deal

Green Bay's head coach Brian Wardle has a .559 winning percentage in four seasons. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke) Green Bay coach Brian Wardle has a .559 winning percentage in four seasons at the school. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay head men’s basketball coach Brian Wardle has agreed to terms for a new five-year deal, the school announced Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

In four seasons as the head coach of the Phoenix, Wardle has a 71-56 record, increasing the team's win total in each of those seasons.

 "I am grateful and humbled to lead the Green Bay men’s basketball program moving forward,” Wardle said. “Green Bay has been home to my family for the past nine years, and we have a great deal of loyalty to this University and community.

In 2013-14, Green Bay finished 24-7 and 14-2 in Horizon League play, winning the conference's regular season title. The Phoenix lost to Belmont 80-65 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

"We are very excited about the direction of our men’s basketball program,” Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie said. “Brian and his staff have done an outstanding job the past four years, and we want to make sure we are continuing to move forward. A Horizon League Championship, a 24-win season, Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and postseason play certainly elevated Phoenix men’s basketball this year, and I am thrilled Brian and his staff will continue to lead our men as we strive to get to the next level."

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