Bollant spent last five seasons as NAIA head coach

Updated: May 11, 2007, 9:30 AM ET
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Matt Bollant has been named head coach at Wisconsin-Green Bay, Director of Athletics Ken Bothof announced Monday.

Bollant, just the third head coach in the program's 34-year history, spent the past five seasons as an NAIA head coach at Bryan (Tenn.) College, where he went 134-38 record (.779 winning percentage). He also was an assistant at Indiana for two seasons (2001-02).

"Matt is a perfect fit for UW-Green Bay," Bothof said. "He has proven recruiting success in the Midwest from his time as a Division I assistant coach, and his record as a head coach speaks for itself. We are excited to have Matt and his family as part of our program."

Bollant led Bryan College to four straight NAIA national tournament appearances. The team advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2005-06 with a 26-8 record. During his first campaign with Bryan in 2002-03, Bollant guided the squad to a team-record 29 wins while appearing in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national tournament.

Prior to his appointment at Bryan, Bollant served as an assistant coach for Kathi Bennett at Indiana for two seasons and Evansville University for three years. Bollant and Indiana made back-to-back postseason appearances with the team's trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2002 and the WNIT in 2001. The 2002 squad won the Big Ten tournament, the first and only time in Indiana history.

While at Evansville, the Purple Aces went from six wins overall and one Missouri Valley Conference victory in 1997-98 to MVC tournament champions the following season and an NCAA Tournament berth. Evansville then went on to go 23-7 in 1999-2000 and made a trip to the WNIT.

Bollant got his coaching start at Tigerton (Wis.) High School, where he served as the head coach and led the Tigers to a 63-10 record over three years, including a 22-1 mark during the 1996-97 campaign. His teams won Central Wisconsin Conference-Small School titles each of those three seasons.

A 1994 graduate of Winona State (Minn.) University with a degree in business education, Bollant also has a master's degree in education from American Intercontinental University. He and his wife, Kari, have two daughters: Abi (8), and Regan (6).

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