GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) — UW-Green Bay is parting ways with head men's basketball coach Will Ryan, the school has confirmed.
The news was first reported by national college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman of Stadium.
Green Bay has parted ways with head coach Will Ryan, source told @Stadium. Ryan is former Wisconsin coach’s Bo Ryan’s son.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) January 24, 2023
Green Bay is 2-19 this season and 1-9 in Horizon league play.
Ryan, the son of legendary Badgers coach Bo Ryan, went just 15-61 in two-plus seasons with the Phoenix. He was hired in June of 2020 after the Phoenix fired longtime coach Linc Darner, who took the program to the NCAA Tournament in 2016.
"I want to sincerely thank Will Ryan and his family for their contributions to the men's basketball program these past three seasons," Green Bay Director of Athletics Josh Moon said in a statement released by the university. "We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
"UW-Green Bay is committed to continuing its legacy as an outstanding Division I athletics program in the future," Moon said, "and Phoenix men's basketball needs to help lead the way as we work to elevate all of our programs and be a shining light for this region and beyond."
Freddie Owens, who played under Bo Ryan at Wisconsin, will take over as UWGB's interim head coach. Owens has been on Will Ryan's staff since 2020.