WMU News

Women's basketball has new assistant coach

Sept. 6, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University women's basketball head coach Ron Stewart has announced the addition of Ryan Bragdon to his 2001-02 staff.

Bragdon joins Torriea Bradford and Autumn Rademacher on Stewart's staff. Both Bradford and Rademacher are 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.

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

Media contact: Geoff Brown, 616 387-4138, geoffrey.brown@wmich.edu

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