Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball

The Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Horizon League for the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. The head coach for the Green Bay Phoenix is Linc Darner.

Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball
2019–20 Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team
UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–Green Bay
Head coachLinc Darner (4th season)
ConferenceHorizon League
LocationAshwaubenon, Wisconsin
ArenaResch Center
(Capacity: 9,729)
ColorsGreen and White[1]
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2016
Conference Tournament Champions
1991, 1994 (Summit)
1995, 2016 (Horizon)
Conference Regular Season Champions
1992, 1994 (Summit)
1996, 2014 (Horizon)


The Green Bay men's basketball teams' began in the 1969-70 school year where they competed at the NAIA level before it moved to NCAA Division 2 in 1973. In 1982, it moved to NCAA Division 1 where it competed in the Association of Mid-Continent Universities (now the Summit League). Since 1994, Green Bay has been competing in the Horizon League (formerly the Midwestern Collegiate Conference). The Phoenix saw success in the early to mid 1990s, making their first NCAA appearance in 1991 and their first second round appearance in 1994. In recent years, the team made another first round appearance in 2016.

Division I seasons

1981-82Dave Buss14-13Independent--
1982-83Dick Lien9-19Mid-Continent Conference8th-
1983-84Dick Lien9-19Mid-Continent Conference6th-
1984-85Dick Lien4-24Mid-Continent Conference8th-
1985-86Dick Bennett5-23Mid-Continent Conference7th-
1986-87Dick Bennett15-14Mid-Continent Conference4th-
1987-88Dick Bennett18-9Mid-Continent Conference3rd-
1988-89Dick Bennett14-14Mid-Continent Conference4th-
1989-90Dick Bennett24-8Mid-Continent Conference2ndNIT Second Round
1990-91Dick Bennett24-7Mid-Continent Conference2ndNCAA First Round
1991-92Dick Bennett25-5Mid-Continent Conference1stNIT First Round
1992-93Dick Bennett13-14Mid-Continent Conference4th-
1993-94Dick Bennett27-7Mid-Continent Conference1stNCAA Second Round
1994-95Dick Bennett22-8Midwestern City Conference2ndNCAA First Round
1995-96Mike Heideman25-4Midwestern City Conference1stNCAA First Round
1996-97Mike Heideman14-14Midwestern City Conference4th-
1997-98Mike Heideman17-12Midwestern City Conference4th-
1998-99Mike Heideman20-11Midwestern City Conference3rd-
1999-00Mike Heideman14-16Midwestern City Conference4th-
2000-01Mike Heideman11-17Midwestern City Conference7th-
2001-02Mike Heideman9-21Horizon League8th-
2002-03Tod Kowalczyk10-20Horizon League6th-
2003-04Tod Kowalczyk17-11Horizon League3rd-
2004-05Tod Kowalczyk17-11Horizon League2nd-
2005-06Tod Kowalczyk15-16Horizon League3rd-
2006-07Tod Kowalczyk18-15Horizon League3rd-
2007-08Tod Kowalczyk15-15Horizon League4th-
2008-09Tod Kowalczyk22-11Horizon League2ndCBI First Round
2009-10Tod Kowalczyk22-13Horizon League3rdCBI Second Round
2010-11Brian Wardle14-18Horizon League7th-
2011-12Brian Wardle15-15Horizon League6th-
2012-13Brian Wardle18-16Horizon League3rdCIT First Round
2013-14Brian Wardle24-7Horizon League1stNIT First Round
2014-15Brian Wardle24-9Horizon League2ndNIT First Round
2015-16Linc Darner23-12Horizon League4thNCAA First Round
2016-17Linc Darner18-14Horizon League3rdCBI First Round
2017-18Linc Darner13-20Horizon League7th-


NCAA Division I Tournament results

The Phoenix have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament five times. Their combined record is 1–5. Their highest seed was #8 in 1996.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1991#12First Round#5 Michigan StateL 58–60
1994#12First Round
Second Round
#5 California
#4 Syracuse
W 61–57
L 59–64
1995#14First Round#3 PurdueL 48–49
1996#8First Round#9 Virginia TechL 49–61
2016#14First Round#3 Texas A&ML 65–92

NCAA Division II Tournament results

The Phoenix have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament six times. Their combined record is 13–8.

Year Round Opponent Result
1974Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
St. Joseph's (IL)
L 54–70
L 75–87
1976Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Minnesota State–Mankato
North Dakota
W 72–67 2OT
L 61–65
1977Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
North Dakota
W 89–63
L 43–45
1978Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
South Dakota State
Lincoln (MO)
Eastern Illinois
W 80–57
W 72–60
W 63–61
W 58–43
L 40–47
1979Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
North Dakota
Northern Iowa
Puget Sound
North Alabama
W 63–48
W 56–50
W 65–53
W 46–45
L 50–64
1981Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
North Dakota State
North Dakota
North Alabama
Mount St. Mary's
Cal Poly
W 82–76
W 72–60
W 65–39
L 60–76
L 61–62 2OT

NAIA Tournament results

The Phoenix have appeared in the NAIA Tournament one time. Their record is 2–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1973First Round
Second Round
Dallas Baptist
South Carolina State
Slippery Rock
W 77–66
W 72–55
L 58–60

NIT results

The Phoenix have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) four times. Their combined record is 1–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
1990First Round
Second Round
Southern Illinois
Saint Louis
W 73–60
L 54–58
1992First RoundManhattanL 65–67
2014First RoundBelmontL 65–80
2015First RoundIllinois StateL 56–69

CBI results

The Phoenix have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) three times. Their combined record is 1–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
2009First RoundVermontL 72–76
2010First Round
Saint Louis
W 70–67
L 62–68 2OT
2017First RoundUMKCL 82–92

CIT results

The Phoenix have appeared in the Postseason Tournament (CIT) two times. Their combined record is 4-2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2013First RoundBradleyL 69–75
2019First Round
Second Round
East Tennessee State
Cal State Bakersfield
Texas Southern
W 102–94
W 98–68
W 80–64
W 87–86
L 70–90

Horizon League awards

Player of the Year

  • Keifer Sykes (2014, 2015)[2]

Defensive Player of the Year

  • Terry Evans (2008)
  • Alec Brown (2014)

Sixth Man of the Year

  • Ryan Tillema (2009)
  • Warren Jones (2017)

Coach of the Year

  • Brian Wardle (2014)[3]

All-League First Team

  • Javier Mendiburu (2005)
  • Ryan Tillema (2009)
  • Rahmon Fletcher (2010)
  • Alec Brown (2012, 2014)
  • Keifer Sykes (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Carrington Love (2016)
  • Khalil Small (2018)

All-League Second Team

  • Brandon Morris (2004)
  • Benito Flores (2005)
  • Ryan Evanochko (2006, 2007)
  • Mike Schachtner (2007, 2008)
  • Rahmon Fletcher (2009, 2011)
  • Alec Brown (2013)
  • Greg Mays (2015)
  • Jordan Fouse (2016)
  • Charles Cooper (2017)

All-Freshman Team/All-Newcomer Team

  • Brandon Morris (2004)
  • Benito Flores (2005)
  • Mike Schachtner (2006)
  • Rahmon Fletcher (2008)
  • Alec Brown (2011)
  • Keifer Sykes (2012)
  • Jordan Fouse (2013)

All-Defensive Team

  • Terry Evans (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Alec Brown (2013, 2014)
  • Jordan Fouse (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Carrington Love (2016)
  • Kenneth Lowe (2017)
  • Khalil Small (2017, 2018)


  1. "Green Bay Athletics Logo Sheet". July 30, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  2. "Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year Winners | College Basketball at". College Basketball at Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  3. "Bradley University: Welcome, Coach Wardle". Retrieved 2018-10-21.
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