Badger junior forward Sara Bauer has been named ESPN The Magazine's at-large academic All-American of the year in the university division. The award was voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She was also named to the academic All-America first team, the first Badger women's hockey player to earn that honor.
The 2006 Patty Kazmaier Award winner has a 3.95 grade point average and is majoring in biology. She finished fourth in the country with 58 points (22 goals and 36 assists) and led the Badgers to their first-ever national championship title. The at-large program includes the following sports: bowling, crew, fencing, golf, gymnastics, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo. Bauer is one of 12 finalists for the university division academic All-American of the year, which includes athletes from all sports.
Women's basketball: Margenthaler hired as an assistant
Former UW assistant basketball coach Stephanie Schmitz has been named the Badgers' director of basketball operations, while Ty Margenthaler has been hired to take her place, UW head coach Lisa Stone announced in a press release Thursday. Former Director of Basketball Operations Sheli Kuhl is taking a position with the UW athletics administrative staff.
Margenthaler comes from Bradley University, where he was an assistant coach. He has spent the last seven years at Bradley, where two centers he worked with, Dena Williams and Ashley Chelleen, were each named Missouri Valley All-Conference players. Margenthaler has also been a camp coordinator and has assisted with scouting duties.
Hockey: National championship equals raise for coaches
After leading the men's and women's hockey teams to national championships, head coaches Mike Eaves and Mark Johnson received raises, according to published reports. Eaves received a $50,000 raise from his 2005-06 salary and will make $300,000 annually, which includes compensation for media appearances and an annuity, while Johnson got a $35,000 raise and will now make $125,000. The five-year contracts are effective July 1, according to The Capital Times. The Capital Times also reported that assistants on both teams would get raises but did not list specifics.
Brown, Ring receive Medals of Honor
UW athletes Nathan Brown and Jessica Ring were selected as the school's Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients, the league announced this week. The award is presented annually to one male and one female senior athlete at each conference institution for demonstrating proficiency in scholarship and athletics.
Brown, a senior on the Badgers' track and field team, earned a 3.95 grade point average in biochemistry. This past season Brown was the Big Ten Outdoor champion in the decathlon and the indoor champion in the heptathlon. He was a 2005 CoSIDA Academic All-American as well as a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Ring, a women's soccer player, earned a 4.0 grade point average in her first year of law school. Ring was the Big Ten Tournament's Defensive Most Valuable Player. She was a first-team Academic All-America selection and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V team three times. She also served as the team captain the past two years.
Wrestling: Pritzlaff named assistant coach
Former Badger great Donny Pritzlaff has been named Wisconsin's new assistant coach, head coach Barry Davis announced Thursday. He, Bart Chelesvig and Cory Wallman will make up the Badgers' assistant coaching staff.
"I'm very glad to have Donny back with Wisconsin wrestling," Davis said. "He brings intensity and a strong work ethic to the program as well as world-level experience."
Pritzlaff graduated from Wisconsin in 2002, summing up a career in which he was a three-time Big Ten champion (1999-2001), a two-time NCAA champion (2000 and 2001) and a four-time All-American while wrestling in the 165-pound weight class. He ranks fourth in school history with 135 wins and has a career winning percentage of .894 (135 wins and 16 losses), the second best in program history. He also served as a UW assistant from 2001-02, after completing his eligibility. He previously served as an assistant wrestling coach at Hofstra.
Pritzlaff also wrestles at the national and international levels. He recently won the 74-kilogram weight class at the World Team Trials and will represent the United States at the world championships in China this fall. He continues to wrestle competitively and hopes to compete at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Softball: Badgers name Wright assistant coach
Julie Wright, previously the head softball coach at Akron for two seasons, has been hired as an assistant UW softball coach, head coach Chandelle Schulte announced. The Zips finished with a 26-25 record this spring, qualifying for the Mid-American Conference tournament for the first time in four years. She also previously served as the top assistant at the University of Kansas. She played outfield and shortstop at Ohio University from 1990-94 and was later an assistant coach there.