UW Basketball Manager Named to Western Michigan Staff

Sept. 6, 2001

Kalamazoo, Mich. - Former Washington basketball manager Ryan Bragdon has joined the Western Michigan women's basketball staff head coach Ron Stewart announced. Bragdon joins Torriea Bradford and Autumn Rademacher on Stewart's staff.

Bragdon served as head manager for the Washington women's team from 1998-2001, during which the Huskies won the 2001 Pac-10 championship and advanced to the final eight of the NCAA Tournament. He joins Bradford and Rademacher, who are both in their fifth seasons at Western Michigan.

'Ryan adds outstanding organizational skills and a high level of experience,' Stewart said. 'He was with Washington when they reached the Elite Eight and spent time in the WNBA with the (Seattle) Storm. Most importantly, he was enthusiastic to come to Western Michigan and be a member of our coaching staff. He's eager to become a good coach and to learn.'

A 2001 graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in English, Bragdon's duties with the Broncos will include opponent scouting, organizing team travel plans, conditioning, coordinating video scouting and tape exchange, and standard game day and practice coaching assignments. He will work with both the Bronco post and backcourt players, with an emphasis on the frontcourt.

Bragdon arrives at WMU after serving as equipment manager for the WNBA's Seattle Storm the past year. He was a manager for Washington's women's basketball team as an undergraduate from 1998-2001. In both capacities Bragdon helped organize and conduct team practices and drills, handled equipment issues and travel plans, and worked with video scouting programs. He prepared the gyms and locker rooms for game days and practice sessions and also worked at various basketball camps during his college career.

'I feel so fortunate to have a Division I coaching position as my first job out of college,' Bragdon said. 'I appreciate that coach Stewart has given me such a wonderful opportunity. He runs a quality program and I look forward to working with the Bronco team and learning as much as possible.'

The Spokane, Wash., native replaces Sheila McMillen, who accepted a position at Northwestern.

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