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UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez officially announces retirement

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Barry Alvarez (Photo UWbadgers.com)

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.” 

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.”