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Wayne Wagner
Head Coach: 11th Season
Phone: 608-796-3814

Wayne Wagner enters his eleventh season as head coach of the V-Hawks in 2009-10. In ten seasons as coach, he has racked up 149 wins, including a 14-18 record last season. Under Wagner, the 2002 and 2006 Midwest Classic (Collegiate) Conference Coach of the Year, the V-Hawks have finished several seasons in the top ten in the NAIA in defensive points allowed. In his time at Viterbo, Wagner has continued a proud V-Hawk tradition: competing against the best college teams in the Midwest.

A 1992 graduate of Viterbo, Wagner played for the V-Hawks from 1987-1992 and ranks thirteenth on the team's all-time list of leading scorers with 1,245 points. While in a V-Hawk jersey, his teams won over 100 games and took out three MCC titles. In his senior year, Wagner earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-America status, as well as First Team All-Conference. Also a stand-out baseball player for the V-Hawks, Wagner was inducted into the Viterbo Wall of Fame in 1999.

Prior to being named the head coach at Viterbo, Wagner served two years as an assistant coach at UW-Stevens Point, while working towards his Master's Degree in Education. Working under Head Coach Jack Bennett, Wagner's stay at Point included an impressive 32 and 19 combined record.

Before that, he spent three years as the head boy's basketball coach at Greenwood High School, compiling a record of 52-20. Two of those three years, the Indians advanced to the sectional finals while Wagner helped to develop the 1997 Cloverbelt Conference Player of the Year in Jeremy Schmidt.

In 1993, after graduation and spending a year as an assistant for the V-Hawks, Wagner signed a contract to play professionally in Cairns, Australia. However, only three games into the season, he broke his foot. He stayed on with the club as an assistant coach, helping the Cairns Marlins to their first ever Queensland State League championship that year.

Wagner also serves as Viterbo's Assistant Athletic Director and is in charge of the school's Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Coach Wagner can be reached at (608) 796-3814 or by email at [email protected]
 
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Ken Barrett
Assistant Coach: 3rd Season

Ken Barrett is entering his third season as an assistant coach for the Viterbo Men's Basketball Program. Barrett also serves as the V-Hawk women's golf head coach here at Viterbo.

Barrett joins the V-Hawks while enjoying retirement (2005) from the La Crosse School district. Barrett spent 34 years teaching math including the final 30 years at La Crosse Central High School. While teaching, Barrett also enjoyed opportunities coaching boy's basketball and girl's golf.

Barrett also found success on the basketball court as he coached the Raiders boy's basketball team for 22 years. During his time as basketball coach, Barrett was a part of 2 state tournament appearances including a state runner-up position in 1979 when he was an assistant and a trip in 1986 when he was the head coach. For his accomplishments on the court, Barrett was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005.

 
 
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Ryan Thibodeau
Assistant Coach: 4th Season
Ryan Thibodeau is in his fourth season as Viterbo's lead assistant coach.  Since taking over as the V-Hawks top assistant following the 2006-07 season, Thibodeau's duties have continued to increase each year.  He was named recruiting coordinator prior to the start of the 2008-09 season and remains in that position this season.  He holds other responsibilities within the team including; on-floor coaching, scouting, film exchange, and other administrative positions.
 
Thibodeau's duties also carry over into the summer months.  He has been part of a Viterbo's Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook camp for the past four summers, and is now in his second summer as assistant camp director.  He is in charge of recruiting athletes from all over the midwest to come to Viterbo's summer exposure camps, as well as assist in the daily operations for the camps.  Thibodeau spent last summer working youth camps all across Wisconsin and Minnesota, most notably for coach Bo Ryan at the University of Wisconsin and coach Tubby Smith at the University of Minnesota.  He also assits Coach Wagner during Viterbo's youth camps.
 
Thibodeau graduated from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse in December 2008 with a bachelor's degree in sport management and a minor in business administration and a coaching concentration.  He is currently finishing up a master's degree in sport administration from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.
 
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Eddie Smudde
Student Assistant: 1st Season

Eddie Smudde is entering his first season as a Student Assistant Coach. Smudde joins the V-Hawks staff after playing the previous four seasons as a forward for the V-Hawks.

Smudde played in 89 games as V-Hawk starting 51 of them. During his time, he scored 256 points and grabbed 183 rebounds. Smudde was also a three time Midwest Collegiate Conference Academic All-Conference selection. Smudde graduated this past May with a degree in Business Management and is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Viterbo.

 
 
 
 
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