Barry Alvarez arrived at Wisconsin in 1990 as head coach of the soccer and made the daring assertion to followers: “They higher get season tickets proper now, as a result of earlier than lengthy, they in all probability gained’t be capable of.”
The Badgers had gained simply 10 video games mixed within the earlier 5 seasons and hadn’t completed within the closing AP rankings ballot since 1962.
After all, any Wisconsin is aware of how this turned out: Alvarez posted a successful document in 1993 (10-1-1), gained a Rose Bowl and completed No. 6 within the nation.
Issues simply took off from there. There have been 5 extra finishes within the season-ending AP ballot, a bunch of bowl victories and a legacy cemented.
After which he added extra cement — changing into the varsity’s athletic director in 2004 and taking up the job full time after the 2005 soccer season.
Wisconsin had unprecedented sports activities success throughout Alvarez’s time as AD, which is able to come to an finish June 30 as he heads off into retirement.
With Alvarez making the information of his leaving official, right here’s a have a look at his profession by the numbers:
0 – Wisconsin Rose Bowl wins pre-Alvarez
1 – Bowl recreation wins pre-Alvarez (six appearances whole)
3 – Rose Bowl wins
6 – Sports activities by which groups gained nationwide championships (girls: light-weight rowing, hockey; males: cross nation, hockey, indoor observe, rowing)
9 – Bowl recreation wins (together with 2015 Outback Bowl). Total bowl document: 9-4 (together with 2013 Rose Bowl and 2015 Outback Bowl)
16 – Nationwide championships
17 – NFL first-round draft picks (there have been 13 from 1937-89 and 5 of these occurred between 1937-48)
49 – Bowl and NCAA Event appearances since 1993-94, most within the nation throughout that span
74 – Convention (regular-season or match) championships
109 – Gamers chosen in NFL draft since Alvarez’s arrival in 1990 (pending 2021 draft)
120 – wins as soccer coach (together with victory at 2015 Outback Bowl). Profession document: 120-73-4