GREEN BAY - FOX 11 has learned local attorney Joseph M. Nicks has been hired by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to conduct an investigation stemming from a parent's complaint against head basketball coach Brian Wardle.
Nicks confirmed to FOX 11 he will be performing the investigation, and said 11 he had no specific timetable, though the University has instructed him to start immediately. "I anticipate a thorough investigation and will take all the time necessary to get an in-depth and fair result," said Nicks. He told Fox 11 he will be building the case by interviewing those involved, and the length of the investigation will depend on the immediate availability of those involved.
As for the scope of the investigation, Nicks said that will be focusing on the individual complaint. "I have a sense of the investigation, and will restrict myself to the complaints made to the university," said Nicks.
The complaints are in the form of an email sent to UW-Green Bay chancellor Thomas Harden from the parents of player Ryan Bross, who chose to leave the program this off-season. The University has declined to provide specifics of the contents of the email, other than to say the complaints centered around alleged verbal abuse towards the Bross by Coach Wardle.
Wardle will continue with all his coaching duties during the investigation, and the University says the only restrictions are he is not to talk to any players about the investigation or the incidents being investigated. University spokesman Chris Sampson said the University will fully cooperate with the independent investigation, that it feels "its important it be full, thorough, neutral."
Wardle has been the head basketball coach at UW-Green Bay for three seasons.
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