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UWGB Promotes Wardle to Head Hoops Coach

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin-Green Bay has formally introduced new men's basketball coach Brian Wardle.

The school said Thursday the 30-year-old Wardle becomes the youngest active head coach in NCAA Division I basketball.

Wardle replaces former Phoenix coach Tod Kowalczyk, who left for Toledo last month after going 136-112 in eight seasons at Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Wardle had been an assistant coach at Wisconsin-Green Bay for five years. His duties included recruiting and player evaluation.

He says he's "excited and humbled" by the opportunity. He says being a head coach has been a lifelong dream.

Wardle was a former standout at Marquette, where he currently ranks as the school's sixth all-time leading scorer with 1,690 career points.

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