Six coaches at UW get contract extensions

Six of the University of Wisconsin coaches had routine, one year extensions to their contracts approved today by the UW Athletic Board.

Greg Gard (men’s basketball), Jonathan Tsipis (women’s basketball), Tony Granato (men’s hockey), and Mark Johnson (women’s hockey) had the end date of their five-year contracts pushed back to after the 2023-24 season.

Chris Bono (wrestling) and Yuri Suguiyama (men’s and women’s swimming and diving) had their three-year deals extended through the 2021-22 season.

The board approvals were made in closed session based on the recommendations by athletic department officials.

After missing the tournament for the first time in 20 years in 2018, the UW men’s basketball team went 23-11 and finished in fourth in the Big Ten Conference but lost to Oregon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The women’s basketball team just concluded it’s eighth consecutive losing season, three have been under Tsipis. The Badgers finished in 13th of the 14-team conference and went 15-18 after making a run to the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

Granato’s men’s hockey team fifth place in the seven-team Big Ten and had its second consecutive losing season at 14-18-5.

The UW women’s hockey team won the National Championship for the fifth time, all of which have come with Johnson as head coach, finished 35-4-2. The Badgers have appeared in a record-tying six straight Frozen Fours.

Bono and Suguiyama were up for the contract rollover for the first time, as both were hired last spring.

The wrestling team finished 9-6 in dual meets and placed seventh at the Big Ten Championships and 21st at the NCAA meet.

Behind three national championships by junior Beata Nelson, the women’s swimming and diving team finished 16th at the NCAA meet. The men’s team was sixth in conference championship and tied for 36th at nationals.

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