By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This will be the final season that Bo Ryan coaches the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team. Ryan announced his decision in a press release this afternoon.
“Back in the spring, in the days after the national championship game, (UW Director of Athletics) Barry Alvarez and I discussed the possibility of me retiring,” the statement said. “I’ve always been told that is not a decision to make right after a season is completed. Barry thankfully encouraged me to take some time to think about it and I have done that. I considered retiring this summer or coaching one more season.”
Since the loss to the Duke Blue Devils in the national championship game, there has been speculation that Ryan would retire. This came to light following Ryan putting his Madison home up for sale.
Ryan said that he was downsizing into a condo after his kids were all grown and out of the house.
The Badgers head coach since 2001 has had success at the school. He’s been to the NCAA Tournament in all 14-years during his tenure.
Prior to his arrival, they had just seven tournament appearances. They’ve also been to the Final Four in the past two seasons, which was the first time since 2000 when they went this far.
“I’ve decided to coach one more season with the hope that my longtime assistant Greg Gard eventually becomes the head coach at Wisconsin,” Ryan added in the statement. “I am looking forward to another year with our program, including our players, my terrific assistant coaches, our office staff and everyone who supports Wisconsin basketball here in Madison, around the state and across the country.”
The 67-year-old has five-years remaining on his contract that pays him $3 million per year. In his 16 years as a Division 1 coach, he has 387 wins.
He also had 353 wins during his 15-year tenure at Wisconsin-Platteville. Combined, he has 740 wins, which is 32nd on the all-time men’s victory list.
Gard has been Ryan’s top assistant. They’ve been working together since the ‘90s.
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