Celebrating Alumni: Brian Wardle

Brian Wardle still ranks fourth on Marquette's all-time leading scorer list with 1,690 career points. He led the team in scoring for three seasons and was the first Marquette player to be named first-team All-Conference USA. Wardle graduated from Marquette with a bachelor's degree in Communications in 2001 and has been playing and coaching basketball ever since.

Brian Wardle ranks fourth on Marquette's all-time leading scorer list with 1,690 career points. He led the team in scoring for three seasons and was the first Marquette player to be named first-team All-Conference USA. Wardle graduated from Marquette with a bachelor's degree in Communications in 2001 and has been playing and coaching basketball ever since.

Wardle spent a few years in the CBA and the NBA's Developmental League before returning to Marquette as the Director of Basketball Operations. After two years Wardle joined the coaching staff at UW-Green Bay, where he coaches with former Marquette teammate Jon Harris and former Marquette assistant coach Tod Kowalczyk. MarquetteHoops.com student writer Pat Barry caught up with Wardle for this Q&A.

MarquetteHoops.com: Tell us about what you are doing now?

Brian Wardle: I am a full assistant at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay where my main role is recruiting.

MarquetteHoops.com: Can you tell us a little bit about the UWGB?

Brian Wardle: It is obviously located in Green Bay and it has loyal fans who love the sport of basketball. The campus of Green Bay is very similar to Marquette in size; however the campus is greener than Marquette and has a less urban feel to it.

MarquetteHoops.com: What is your favorite memory of Marquette outside of basketball?

Brian Wardle: Meeting my wife at Marquette.

MarquetteHoops.com: What do you think of Marquette's move to the Big East?

Brian Wardle: Great to see, the move is great for the basketball team and the school. I mean the Big East is a Premier program and Marquette is premier school; it is a great match. The Big East can only help Marquette and make people more aware of Marquette.

MarquetteHoops.com: Steve Logan was named the conference player of the year over you, and when it happened, coach Tom Crean said in the media, "It is an absolute joke that Brian Wardle was not the player of the year in the conference." How did it feel to have your coach stand up for you like that?

Brian Wardle: There is not a better feeling in the world knowing that your coach has your back. It meant a lot and it showed me that Tom Crean understood me and the work that I put in at Marquette.

MarquetteHoops.com: What effect has Tom Crean had on your coaching style or any at all?

Brian Wardle: I have learned a lot from Coach Crean. The first thing I learned from him is motivation; he is a great motivator. He knows how to get his guys motivated and at the same time, allow them to have fun. Second, his way of thinking; he is always thinking outside of the box. Third, he is a great marketer; Tom Crean has done a great job of getting people excited about Marquette basketball. He was able to get people excited about Marquette basketball before he even coached his first game at Marquette, and finally, his passion for the game.

MarquetteHoops.com: You hit an incredible shot to win a huge game in Freedom Hall in Louisville. Remembering that shot, how can you defend that haircut?

Brian Wardle: It was cheap and I had a really bad colic. I had been cutting my hair like that since high school.

MarquetteHoops.com: What Marquette basketball memory stands out the most in your memory?

Brian Wardle: Well, definitely the shot at Louisville, and also being the first team to sweep Cincinnati. They were a dominant team in the 90's and it was a great feeling to beat them twice in one season.

MarquetteHoops.com: Who is the toughest player that you have ever had to defend?

Brian Wardle: Larry Hughes of Saint Louis. I think people forget that he played at SLU, but he was amazing at SLU. I remember when he came to the Bradley Center and scored like 40 points against us. Another person who was tough however I never guarded him was Kenyon Martin, I have never seen anyone change a basketball game like he did.

MarquetteHoops.com: Now That D-Wade has just won his first NBA championship, do you have a prediction on how many more that he can win?

Brian Wardle: Wow, is how I want to start this answer about Dwyane Wade. My wife and I are big supporters of Dwyane. He is a great guy who has worked hard to take his game to another level, as for the amount of championships…at least a few more.

MarquetteHoops.com: With Steve Novak just graduating and now going through process of turning pro, do you have any advice for him?

Brian Wardle: I actually have talked to Steve a few times about the draft and my advice is stick to your strengths, which for Steve is shooting, I mean don't go into these camps trying to do things that you aren't known for. Everyone knows that Steve is a great shooter and Steve should just go in there and shoot the three ball like he has in college.

MarquetteHoops.com: What would you say to recruits that are considering Marquette?

Brian Wardle: Marquette is a great basketball family that has a close bunch of guys who are good people and have great values.

MarquetteHoops.com: You married Lecia Schuetz, who was a lovely and talented soccer star at Marquette. Is it still wedded bliss or has she been forcing you to watch the World Cup soccer games?

Brian Wardle: No forcing, I want to watch these soccer games. After meeting my wife and watching her play soccer at Marquette, I have gained a great understanding about soccer. Before I met her, I didn't understand the strategy to the game however after watching her play and listening to her talk about the game, I have come to realize that soccer and basketball have very similar strategies.

MarquetteHoops.com: Do you have a favor right now to win it all?

Brian Wardle: Not really, but I like any underdog in the World Cup.

MarquetteHoops.com: Jon Harris married an MU basketball star, you an MU soccer star, what's the deal with that?

Brian Wardle: I don't know, very lucky I guess. I will say though marrying an athlete is great because she understands the long hours I have to put in and the work ethic that is needed in order to succeed.

MarquetteHoops.com: What are the chances of Marquette playing UWGB?

Brian Wardle: I don't know, I am not in charge of scheduling and scheduling is always tough, however I think it would be great to see.

MarquetteHoops.com: Any thing you would like to add?

Brian Wardle: Just to let the fans know that Marquette basketball is in great shape and that they have a lot of great talent for this upcoming year.

Marquettehoops.com: Thanks a lot for your time Brian; it was good catching up with you.

Brian Wardle: No problem, anytime.


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