Welcome, Coach Wardle

Photo by Duane Zehr

March 28, 2015

Brian Wardle, who led Green Bay to the 2014 Horizon League regular-season championship and three straight postseason appearances, has been named the 14th head coach in Bradley Basketball history. Wardle was officially introduced as Bradley’s new head coach during a Saturday evening press conference on Mitchell “J.J.” Anderson Court in the Renaissance Coliseum Basketball Performance Center.

“After an intensive and strategic search, it thrills me to announce the hiring of Coach Brian Wardle,” said director of athletics Chris Reynolds. “He has a track record of success as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach and both his work ethic and personality are a great fit for Bradley University and the Greater Peoria community. We welcome with open arms Brian, his wife Lecia and his children Mya, Emery and Davin to the Bradley Athletics family.”

“It’s an honor to be the next head coach at Bradley,” said Wardle. “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 leaves Green Bay with a five-year record of 95-65 (.594) and his 95 wins are the most in the first five years for any Phoenix coach in the program’s 34-year NCAA Division I history. He earned multiple awards after the 2013-14 season, including Horizon League Coach of the Year, the Skip Prosser Man of the Year and the NABC District 12 Coach of the Year.

A native of Willowbrook, Ill., Wardle was a two-time all-state selection at Hinsdale Central High School, where he ranks as the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. He went on to play collegiately at Marquette, helping the Golden Eagles to a pair of NIT appearances in 1998 and 2000. As a senior in 2000, Wardle served as team captain and finished as the second-leading scorer in Conference USA by pumping in 18.8 points per game.

After graduating from Marquette in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, Wardle played professionally for two seasons in the NBA Development League and Continental Basketball Association, before beginning his coaching career as Director of Operations at Marquette from 2003-05. He was an assistant coach at Green Bay from 2005-10, before being named Phoenix head coach April 15, 2010.

Wardle is married to the former Lecia Schuetz, a soccer student-athlete during her collegiate career at Marquette. The couple has three children: daughters Mya and Emery, and son, Davin.