Wisconsin AD, former head soccer coach Barry Alvarez, formally publicizes retirement plans

Dustin Schutte | 9 days ago

Wisconsin sporting director and former head football coach Barry Alvarez made it official. The longtime face of Badger’s athletics is set to step down from his post in a few months.

On Tuesday morning, the University of Wisconsin and Alvarez released a statement regarding his decision to retire at the end of the academic year. Alvarez will officially retire on June 30, 2021.

Alvarez has been an athletic director at the University of Wisconsin for 18 years. From 1990 to 2005 he was the head coach of the Badgers soccer team before taking an administrative role at the school.

“It has been an honor to be part of Wisconsin Athletics and I am very proud of all that we have achieved over the past three decades,” Alvarez said in a statement. “From championships to improvements on campus to thousands of athletes, it’s been a great ride. I am grateful for the support, generosity, enthusiasm, and loyalty from Badgers in the state of Wisconsin and beyond. Many Thanks.”

Because of his success in the field as a coach and longevity as the sporting director in Madison, Alvarez was in many ways not only the face of Wisconsin, but also the B1G. Before taking over as head coach in Wisconsin, Alvarez was linebacker in Nebraska from 1965 to 1967 and linebacker trainer in Iowa from 1979 to 1986.

“We thank Barry for his hard work, dedication to UW-Madison and the standard of quality he has set for our sports program,” said Rebecca Blank, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin. “His work here has had a positive impact on the lives of countless student athletes who have come through our doors.

“His leadership has also lifted our university and our state. Barry’s legacy will live on when Badgers take the field. “

As head coach in Wisconsin, Alvarez set a career record of 120-73-4. His teams completed the AP poll six times, and he led the Badgers to 11 bowl games and won three B1G titles.

The University of Wisconsin also released a tribute video to Alvarez on Tuesday.

We are what we are today because of him

After 32 years of leadership and excellence, Barry Alvarez announces his resignation

Thanks for everything, coach! pic.twitter.com/sMrDO0CBaz

– Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) April 6, 2021

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