After trying to quell retirement talk after his Wisconsin squad lost in the National Championship to Duke in April, Badgers’ head coach Bo Ryan has finally comes to grip with retirement by announcing Monday that this coming season will be his last.
Getting time to think things through with his family and debate how long he should stick around, Ryan is planning on coaching one more season and hopes assistant coach Greg Gard will take over for him starting in the 2016-17 season.
Ryan issued a release on Monday. From Wisconsin’s athletic site:
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. 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.
I’ve decided to coach one more season with the hope that my longtime assistant Greg Gard eventually becomes the head coach at Wisconsin. 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.
While Ryan and the Badgers did not reach their ultimate goal in winning a title, he has built a fabulous program, while making the NCAA Tournament in every year with the Badgers. In his 14 years at Wisconsin, Ryan has amassed a 357-125 record, while winning the conference crown four times.