Matt Bollant's 2008-09 bio
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Matt Bollant is in his second season as the mentor for the Green Bay women's basketball team and has already made an indelible mark on the lasting success of the Phoenix.
In just his first campaign with Green Bay, Bollant continued the team's storied success by guiding the Phoenix to a 26-6 record and the program's 11th straight postseason berth. The team's win total marked the 31st consecutive winning season and ninth straight 20-win campaign.
Bollant also brought a new level of excellence to the Horizon League, as the Phoenix posted a 17-1 record against conference foes. The team's 17 wins set a new standard for the league as the most wins in conference play. For his efforts, Bollant garnered Horizon League co-Coach of the Year accolades.
Further successes of the 2007-08 season include the team's NCAA statistical championship in three-point field goal percentage, the team's 13-game winning streak late in the season, a 15-2 home record and the team's finest defensive performance in 14 seasons when the Phoenix held Northern Arizona to just 27 points on Dec. 15. For his career, Bollant boasts an impressive 160-44 record in six seasons as a collegiate head coach for a stellar .784 winning percentage.
Just the third head coach in the storied legacy of Green Bay women's basketball, Bollant arrived in Titletown following five seasons at Bryan (Tenn.) College. In his five seasons as the program's mentor, Bollant posted a 134-38 record (.779 winning percentage) with the Lady Lions at the NAIA level.
Under Bollant's watch, Bryan made NAIA national tournament appearances in each of the last four seasons. The team advanced as far as 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.
No stranger to the national polls in his own right, Bollant guided the Lady Lions to the NAIA top 25 national rankings four straight years, peaking at No. 11 at the end of the 2006-07 season.
Along the way, Bollant mentored four Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year honorees in five years: Brittany Swanson (2006 and 2007) and Liz Bass (2003 and 2004).
Bollant also instilled the importance of academic success at Bryan. His teams posted an overall grade point average of 3.1 or higher all five seasons, with 40 percent of his players earning academic all-conference honors.
Also of note, Bollant served as the chair for the NCCAA Mideast Region from 2004-07.
Prior to his appointment at Bryan, Bollant served as an assistant coach for former Green Bay women's basketball standout Kathi Bennett at Indiana University for two seasons and at the University of Evansville 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 for the first and only time in Indiana history.
As an assistant for Bennett at Evansville, Bollant aided his mentor in turning the Purple Aces program from a struggling one into a conference champion. After posting just six victories and one Missouri Valley
Conference win in 1997-98, Evansville rallied to claim the MVC tournament title the following year as the Aces made their first NCAA tournament appearance in program history.
Evansville then went on to go 23-7 in 1999-00, setting a school record for victories and making a trip to the WNIT. In that season, Bollant assisted the Aces in a 72-50 win over Green Bay in Evansville.
Bollant got his head coaching start at Tigerton (Wis.) High School, where he led the Tigers to an impressive 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.
While still in college in 1992, Bollant served as the varsity and junior varsity head coach of Deeper Life Academy in the Philippines, where both teams combined for a 15-1 record.
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.
Born March 13, 1971, Bollant and his wife, Kari, have two daughters: Abi (10), and Regan (7). The family resides in Green Bay.