The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team has hired a new director of scouting and scouting. Kyle Blackbourn, who was the team’s assistant director of basketball operations since joining the Wisconsin staff in 2016, will now assume a new role for the 2021-22 season.
Extremely honored to transition to this role! I want to thank Coach Gard for putting me in this position to continue serving our student athletes and staff. The future is bright and I look forward to continuing to grow with our crew. As always, in Wisconsin !! https://t.co/nSE1tZ2a5w
– Kyle Blackbourn (@CoachBlackbourn) September 17, 2021
In his new role as Director of Recruiting and Scouting, Blackbourn will lead the oversight of recruiting, scouting, campus visits, rookie assessment, while assisting head coach Greg Gard and coaching staff. . The Badgers are poised to have a few small classes over the next two cycles (2022 and 2023), so the need to identify talent that matches what the program is looking for will be crucial.
“Recruiting into college basketball is more important than ever and having Kyle in this role makes Wisconsin Basketball stronger as a program,” said Gard. “Kyle’s work ethic and his understanding of all facets of college basketball – training, operations, recruiting – make him an ideal candidate. He knows what made Wisconsin so successful and will help us stay at that elite level.
Here is Blackbourn’s bio, from UWBadgers.com:
A native of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, Blackbourn spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach in the Rockhurst University men’s basketball program after spending the previous season as a head coach at Delta College at University. Center, Michigan. During his season at the top of the Delta program, Blackbourn led the Pioneers to an overall record of 19-13 and a third place finish in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.
Prior to leading Delta College, Blackbourn spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, after holding the same position at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2011-12. Blackbourn entered college track and field as an assistant in the Clarke University Women’s Basketball Program in 2010-11.
Blackbourn’s coaching career began as an assistant coach at Scales Mound High School, Ill. During the 2006-07 season before spending three seasons as the boys’ chief college assistant at the Shullsburg High School (Wis.).
Blackbourn earned a degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, while earning a minor in health education, a certificate in adapted physical education, and a commendation in coaching. He obtained his Masters in Educational Leadership from Benedictine College in the summer of 2014.
“I am extremely grateful and excited for this new opportunity,” said Blackbourn. “I would like to thank Coach Gard and all the staff for allowing me to access this new role. Wisconsin Basketball is a special program with great people. Continuing to serve our student-athletes and staff on a daily basis is a blessing. “