All good things must come to an end.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan is retiring effective immediately, he said Tuesday after the team's win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
"After months of conversation with Barry Alvarez and his administrative staff, as well as my wife, Kelly, I have decided that now is the right time to step down from the head coaching position here at Wisconsin," Ryan said in a statement released after the game.
"This was a decision months in the making," Ryan said. "I brought this up to Barry back in April. He advised me to take some time to think it over, and I appreciated that. But in recent weeks, I have come to the conclusion that now is the right time for me to retire and for Greg Gard to have the opportunity to coach the team for the remainder of the season. I discussed this with Barry, and I appreciate him giving me the space to make this decision."
Ryan is the winningest coach in Wisconsin history, with 364 wins over 14-plus seasons. Ryan led the Badgers to the NCAA tournament every year of his tenure, entering this season. Before Ryan came to Madison, Wisconsin had been to the tournament seven times in school history. Wisconsin won seven Big Ten titles under Ryan, and his .717 winning percentage (172-68) in conference play is the best in Big Ten history.
We must also acknowledge the "Wisconsin Swing" offense that has become a popular offensive set for basketball teams on all levels across the nation. While many coaches nabbed "one and done" college superstars, coach Ryan built a program by having a good eye during recruiting and grooming players.
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