Big Promotion for Gard

Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan announced Wednesday that longtime assistant coach Greg Gard has been elevated to the role of Associate Head Coach for men's basketball.

MADISON - After entertaining offers from outside programs during the off-season, Wisconsin assistant head coach Greg Gard decided that, for the time being, Madison was the right place for him.

His dedication to Head Coach Bo Ryan prompted the head coach to promote Gard, who has been with Ryan for the past 15 years, including seven at Wisconsin, to Associate Head Coach Wednesday. Gard has played an integral role in the Badgers' three regular season Big Ten titles and two Big Ten tournament championships.

"We are very pleased to give someone as deserving as Greg Gard this new title," Ryan said in a release. "In addition to his on-floor coaching duties, he has coordinated our recruiting, directed our camps, handled our game scheduling, done opponent scouting and has his hands in everything we do as a team. With increased interest in Greg from other schools, we feel it is appropriate at this time and well-earned."

Under the title of assistant coach, Gard has helped guide Wisconsin to one of the most successful eras in school history. During Gard's seven-year tenure at UW, the Badgers have compiled a 173-60 (.742) record. Over that span Wisconsin has also orchestrated the five winningest seasons in school history and qualified for the NCAA tournament in every season. The Badgers' 61-11 (.847) record over the last two seasons trails only Memphis, Kansas, North Carolina and UCLA.

"It's an honor to have this title under a coach that I feel is a future Hall of Famer and has accomplished the things he has during his career," Gard said in a release. "Obviously we've been together for a long time and I've been fortunate to see how he has built and maintained successful programs at different levels. I'm looking forward to continuing to help Coach Ryan build upon our past success at the University of Wisconsin."

Gard was rumored to have been a finalist for the coaching vacancy at the University of Toledo but pulled his name out of the running to remain at Wisconsin.

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