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UWGB names men’s basketball assistant coaches

GREEN BAY – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball head coach Will Ryan has announced his assistant coaching staff, which includes Jared Swanson, Freddie Owens and Brandon Pritzl.

Swanson comes to Green Bay after a season on the sideline at Northern State University (NSU), where he helped lead the Wolves to both a regular season and tournament championship, finishing with a 26-6 record.

NSU earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament before it was canceled before the start due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before starting his coaching career, Swanson played four seasons of professional basketball in Australia, garnering two league MVP awards, while leading the league in scoring two years.

“I am excited to welcome Jared to the Phoenix basketball family and look forward to having him join me,” said Ryan. “His coaching background, as well as international playing experience, will be key factors to aiding and assisting in the development of our student-athletes. His organizational skills, professionalism and overall basketball acumen will be instrumental to our success.”

Owens, a two-year starter and four-year letter winner at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, joins Ryan from Loyola Maryland, where he spent last season as an assistant coach and has more than 15 years of coaching experience.

Owens, a Milwaukee native, attended Washington High School.

He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from UW-Madison and a master’s degree in higher education from Iowa State University.

“I am thrilled to welcome Freddie to the coaching staff and am excited to start working with him,” Ryan said. “Freddie is a proud Wisconsinite with an infectious personality, who I know will bring great energy to our program. His coaching and playing experiences speak for themselves, and I’m confident our student-athletes will learn lots from him, both on and off the court.”

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“I am happy to welcome Brandon back to his home state,” said Ryan “He’ll be a great addition to the program and will do an outstanding job working with and relating to our student-athletes. Brandon is an energetic, young and up-and-coming coach, who has had success both as a player and coach. He has a good understanding of our program’s history and is familiar with basketball in Wisconsin.”

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