After 15 seasons to start his head coaching career at UW-Platteville (1984-1999), then a two-year stint at UW-Milwaukee (1999-2001), and then a 14-plus year run to end his head coaching career at Wisconsin (2001-2015), William “Bo” Ryan is going into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.
Bo Ryan won 747 games in his collegiate career, including a program record 364 at Wisconsin. His Badger teams never finished worse than fourth place in the Big Ten, never missed the NCAA Tournament, a four-time Coach of the Year, won seven league titles guided UW to back-to-back Final Four’s.
In Ryan’s three-plus decade college head coaching career, he had ONE losing season, which happened to be his first year as a head coach at UW-Platteville.
“Losing didn’t feel right, but we ended up turning it around,” Ryan said. “I don’t have a lot of patience. That’s not something I’ve been associated with. I tend to be impatient. The thing that got to me through that first year was that I had to remind myself that I was coaching 90 percent freshman.”
“Never did I ever get into my car after a practice or after a game and ever thought about doing anything else. Never. Ever,” Ryan said.
Bo Ryan’s mantra all along was “Next” and it’s such a great one and applies to everything.
One quote that I loved from Bo was: “Somewhere along the line, somebody has to believe in you in this profession.”
This is a well deserved honor for one of the best coaches in our lifetime. It’s unfortunate the 2015 National Championship game went the way it did because he deserved a Division 1 National Championship after the four he won at Division 3 UW-Platteville.
I wonder if refs Pat Driscoll, Joe DeRosa, and Michael Stevens ever sent Bo Ryan an apology for that historically bad, fixed, 2015 National Championship game altering performance?