For that reason alone, the thought of Bo Ryan writing a book would be a sheer classic. Thankfully, Wisconsin fans don't have to wait any longer.
Teaming up with longtime Madison Capital Times sports columnist and radio color analysis Mike Lucas, Ryan has inked some of his legendary stories in his autobiography, Another Hill to Climb, that was released today.
"I have been very fortunate to have had a wonderful career in coaching, especially my years in the state of Wisconsin at UW-Platteville, UWM and now here in Madison," Ryan said. "Being able to sit down and reflect back has provided many great memories."
Ryan touches on all aspects of his career in his 224-page book, reminiscing about the many people who have influenced him on his journey to become one of the most successful coaches in college basketball.
Ryan is one of just 17 active Division I coaches with at least 500 career victories. Ryan's career winning percentage of .774 is second only to North Carolina's Roy Williams among the active coaches with 500 wins.
But while Ryan highlights all his steps up the coaching ladder, he pays his respects to Wisconsin, a program he has built into a conference power.
Prior to Bo Ryan taking over as UW's head coach in 2001-02, the Badgers had four 19-win seasons (with a high of 22) in 103 years. Ryan has led the UW to at least 19 wins in each of his first seven seasons, including a school-record 31 last season, and has averaged 24.7 wins per season under his watch.
Additionally, the book gives college basketball fans a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of college basketball, making the book a must-have for any Wisconsin sports fan.
"I wasn't so sure I wanted to do a book when I was first approached, but I have enjoyed the entire process working with Mike (Lucas) and KCI Sports Publishing on this project," Ryan said. "I'm hoping we can add a few more great memories over the next few seasons."
The book is being published by KCI Sports, a Stevens Point company that is one of the leading sports publishing companies in the country, and retails for $24.95.