Barry Alvarez announced Tuesday that he will officially retire on June 30 after 32 years at the University of Wisconsin, ending a legendary career in Madison.
“It has been an honor to be a part of Wisconsin Athletics and I take great pride in all we have accomplished over the last three decades,” Alvarez said in a statement. “From championships, to improvements on campus, to impacting thousands of student-athletes, it’s been a great ride. I’m grateful for the support, generosity, enthusiasm and loyalty of Badgers in the state of Wisconsin and beyond. Thank you.”
We are what we are today because of him
After 32 years of leadership and excellence, Barry Alvarez is announcing his retirement
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— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) April 6, 2021
Alvarez went 119-72-4 as Wisconsin’s head football coach from 1990-2005, winning Rose Bowls in 1993, 1998 and 1999. For the past 18 years, Wisconsin won 16 team national titles and 74 conference regular-season or tournament championships during Alvarez’s tenure as athletic director. In 2017-18, he earned Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year honors.
“We thank Barry for his hard work, devotion to UW-Madison, and the standard of excellence he has set for our athletic program,” University of Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank said. “His work here has positively impacted 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 whenever Badgers take the field.”