Wisconsin Reportedly Promoting From Within For AD Position

The University of Wisconsin will be announcing who will be replacing Barry Alvarez as the new Athletic Director soon and the name will be a familiar one.

The UW Board of Regents is set to meet on Wednesday with the only thing on the agenda being a move into “closed session to consider an employment agreement and an additional compensation agreement” for the person tabbed to replace current AD Barry Alvarez.

Wisconsin is expected to promote current deputy athletic director Chris McIntosh to the top job.

The 44-year old McIntosh played football at UW under Alvarez in the late 1990s. McIntosh joined the UW athletic department in 2014 and became deputy AD in 2017.

It’s no secret that Alvarez was grooming McIntosh to be his replacement. Alvarez is set to retire at the end of June after over 30 years with the University, first as the head football coach and the last 16 years spent as the full-time Athletic Director.

“He loves Wisconsin. He understands it. It means something to him, he’s very bright. He’s been outstanding,” Alvarez said of McIntosh the day he announced he’d be retiring. “I’ve given him a lot of responsibility. He spearheaded many of the things we did in managing staff and how we managed everything throughout COVID.”

Ball State AD Beth Goetz was another finalist for the job.

A nine-member committee has been handling the search and providing names for UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank to consider. UW head football coach Paul Chryst and former UW basketball assistant coach Alando Tucker are among those on the committee.

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