GREEN BAY, Wis. – After three weeks, attorney Joseph Nicks is done with the first portion of his investigation into allegations of player mistreatment by University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball coach and Hinsdale Central High School graduate Brian Wardle.
According to a report in the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Nicks concluded Monday the interview portion of his investigation, which began April 15. The next step is producing a report for UWGB Chancellor Thomas Harden.
“The lastest communication from Mr. Nicks is that we might have the report next week,” UWGB Communications Director Chris Sampson said. “We were hopeful it would be this week, but it looks like it will be next week.”
Sampson said that after Harden receives the report, Wardle and his legal council have a 10-day window to review the findings and make a legal case that certain aspects of the report should not be made public. Sampson said Wardle is afforded that right as a public employee under a new public records law on the books in Wisconsin.
“I think the presumption through all of this is that the university wanted to be as transparent as possible,” Sampson. “We’ve been consistent in that we wanted to respect the process and let the report speak for itself.”
Wardle led Hinsdale Central to back-to-back state tournament appearances before graduating in 1997. He was the youngest men’s basketball coach in Division I at age 30 when he was hired in 2010 at UWGB. Wardle, 33, has compiled a 47-49 record in three seasons as head coach at UWGB and is coming off an 18-16 campaign.