Wardle, 35, has been the head coach at Green Bay since 2010. The Phoenix won 24 games in each of the past two seasons and were invited to participate in the NIT both years. His career record as a head coach is 95-54.
“It’s an honor to be the next head coach at Bradley,” Wardle said in a statement. “Being from Illinois and understanding the program’s success, tradition and support was a real draw for me. I am excited to bring my family to Peoria, getting to know the community and building a foundation and identity for Bradley basketball to last a long time.”
Wardle played four years at Marquette and spent two seasons as an assistant with the Golden Eagles before joining Tod Kowalczyk's staff at Green Bay. He took over the head coaching job when Kowalczyk left for Toledo.
Bradley fired head coach Geno Ford after the Braves went 9-24 this season. Ford was 46-86 in four seasons at Bradley and never finished better than 18-17.
- Dan Gartland