Pioneer athletics prepares for new season with staff changes

Pioneer athletics prepares for new season with staff changes

PLATTEVILLE, Wis – Shannon James Ealy, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's new athletic director, announced changes occurring in the athletic department. With the promotion of two current coaches and the addition of a new women's golf coach, the athletic department is in the process of preparing for the 2017-18 academic year.

Megan Wilson, UW-Platteville's head women's basketball coach, was recently promoted to associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. Wilson, entering her eighth year at UW-Platteville, will begin her new duties on July 1, in addition to her responsibilities as head women's basketball coach.

"Megan Wilson is a talented up-and-comer in athletics administration with a bright future," Ealy said. "I look forward to working with her on a daily basis to elevate our athletics program."

Deb Schulman, previous associate athletic director and senior woman administrator, will retire this week after 29 years with UW-Platteville. In addition to her administrative duties, Schulman also served as head volleyball coach for 28 seasons. During her time as head coach, she earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Midwest Region Coach of the Year, was inducted into UW-Platteville's Hall of Fame for coaching, and earned UW-Platteville's Dr. Carol Sue Butts Woman of the Year Award.

"I would like to thank Deb Schulman for her service and efforts to the UW-Platteville athletics program for the past 29 year in her roles as head volleyball coach and associate athletic director," Ealy said. "I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her for two years early in my career at UW-Platteville. We congratulate Deb and wish her all the best in her retirement."

Emily Ryan, a Dubuque, Iowa native, and previous assistant women's soccer coach has been promoted to interim head women's soccer coach. Ryan played soccer as a student at UW-Platteville for four years before graduating in 2014 with degrees in biology and health and human performance. During her senior year, Ryan played in all 19 matches, and logged more than 800 minutes. She served as an assistant coach under Allison Sanyi, who resigned this summer.

"As a former Pioneer soccer student-athlete and most recently as the assistant coach, Emily brings knowledge and passion to our women's soccer program," Ealy said. "I look forward to working with her and supporting her efforts to lead our program this year."

With more than nine years as a golf professional under his belt, Matt Bohlken of Platteville was recently named the university's head women's golf coach. Before joining UW-Platteville, Bohlken spent three years at Platteville Golf and Country Club, and an additional five years at courses in Wisconsin and Illinois.

"Matt has solid experience as a golf teaching professional," Ealy said. "I am confident he will be a great asset to our program and to our student-athletes."

Bohlken replaces Peter Reif, who was the only coach in the program since its 1999 inception.


Written by: Amanda Bertolozzi, Writer/Editor, Communications, 608-342-7121,