Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan Announces Upcoming Retirement
The head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team has announced he's hanging up his clipboard. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Bo Ryan isn't leaving quite yet.
Ryan, 67, has been the head coach at Wisconsin for the past 14 seasons and has compiled a crazy won-loss record of 357-125 (a winning percentage of 74 percent) and his team has made the NCAA Tourney every single season (they made it only five times in the decade-and-a-half before his arrival). Oh, and Wisconsin has made the last two Final Four's as well. Ryan will coach the 2015-16 season and then retire. It's easy to say good riddance as a fan of Iowa, but it's totally out of respect for what he's accomplished and what his team always brings to the floor.
Bo Ryan has a system that breeds success, obviously. He works the refs very well, but you almost never see him get a technical foul. His teams don't turn the ball over and they always seem to be under control. You just can't seem to fluster them. It's maddening. Ryan's Badgers are 19-7 against Iowa during his tenure at Wisconsin.
Former Iowa assistant football coach Barry Alvarez, now Director of Athletics at Wisconsin will have to search for a new coach soon. However, he might not have to look far. Ryan said in today's statement, "... with the hope that my longtime assistant Greg Gard eventually becomes the head coach at Wisconsin." I think Ryan's thoughts on the next head coach will hold a ton of weight, and rightfully so. Congratulations on an incredible run Bo. My money is on you being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame next spring. Everyone in the Big Ten knows just how deserving you are.