Bo Ryan Inducted Into UW Athletic Hall of Fame

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?

Congrats Bo!

One comment

  1. For what?!?! The largest GAG JOB in NCAA History?

    Or going BALLS DEEP on his Secretary?!?!

    Sent from my iPhone


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