Gets the most out of his players.
Those and many other apt descriptions fit longtime Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan to a “T”.
On Monday afternoon in Madison, Coach Ryan announced via the Wisconsin Basketball page on Twitter in a statement that the 2015-2016 season will be his last:
After 15 years in guiding Wisconsin to their most storied run in program history, Ryan (who turns 68 in November) has never finished worse than fourth in the always rough and gritty Big Ten conference. His Badgers teams also have been a regular guest to the Sweet 16 round, appearing six times during his tenure during the past 12 seasons.
Similar to Jim Boeheim when he announced in 2018 of his retirement back in March, Bo Ryan will hope that his longtime assistant Greg Gard will become the new Wisconsin head coach (in what the NCAA terms as head coach designate).
On Thursday, June 25–Syracuse appointed longtime assistant Mike Hopkins to succeed Boeheim following the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
Here is a great read by Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports that I thought was very interesting:
With several coaches earning more money for the school than their own school Presidents, Bo Ryan’s retirement may present a seismic shift away from the John Wooden/Hank Iba/Adolph Rupp days and more into the era of being the “brand”–whatever school they represent in other words.