MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is retiring after a three-decade run wherein he reworked the college’s soccer group and later guided the Badgers to their biggest all-around sports activities success at school historical past.
The 74-year-old Alvarez stated Tuesday he would retire on June 30.
“It has been an honor to be part of Wisconsin athletics and I take nice satisfaction in all now we have achieved during the last three a long time,” Alvarez stated in a press release. “From championships, to enhancements on campus, to impacting hundreds of student-athletes, it’s been a fantastic experience.”
Alvarez arrived at Wisconsin in 1990 as soccer coach and turned one of many Huge Ten’s weakest packages into one in every of its strongest. He turned athletic director in 2004 and briefly served in a twin function earlier than stepping down as soccer coach after the 2005 season.
Wisconsin’s soccer group went a mixed 9-36 within the 4 seasons earlier than his arrival. Alvarez led the Badgers to a few Rose Bowl titles and made them common Huge Ten contenders by emphasizing a powerful protection and speeding assault.
Alvarez coached Wisconsin from 1990-2005 and set a program report for profession teaching victories. His 119-74-Four mark contains his report over 16 years plus a 1-1 mark as an interim coach in bowl video games that capped the 2012 and 2014 seasons.
He was inducted into the School Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2010.
Different Wisconsin packages had related success throughout his stint because the Badgers’ athletic director.
Wisconsin groups received 16 nationwide titles underneath Alvarez, although 5 of these got here in girls’s light-weight rowing, a sport whose championships aren’t sanctioned by the NCAA.
These nationwide titles have been in six totally different sports activities (girls’s light-weight rowing, males’s cross nation, males’s hockey, girls’s hockey, males’s indoor observe, males’s rowing). Wisconsin’s most up-to-date nationwide title got here in girls’s hockey this yr.
The Badgers even have received a complete of 74 convention, regular-season or match championships with Alvarez as athletic director. Fourteen totally different groups have received convention titles throughout his regime.
Wisconsin completed within the high 30 within the Administrators’ Cup 15 occasions in his first 18 seasons as athletic director.
“His work right here has positively impacted the lives of numerous student-athletes who’ve come via our doorways,” Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Clean stated in a press release. “His management has additionally lifted our college and our state. Barry’s legacy will dwell on every time Badgers take the sphere.”
Alvarez emerged as a nationwide chief in school athletics. He was named a chair of the NCAA’s soccer tutorial enhancement group in 2008 and was on the School Soccer Playoff choice committee for 3 years. He was named the Below Armour athletic director of the yr in 2017-18.