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Barry Alvarez
Barry Alvarez

Position:
Director of Athletics

DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS BARRY ALVAREZ, as of July 14, 2014

The Alvarez Era
Items of note on Alvarez's coaching career

• Coached nine first-round NFL draft choices (Troy Vincent, Aaron Gibson, Ron Dayne, Chris McIntosh, Jamar Fletcher, Michael Bennett, Wendell Bryant, Lee Evans and Erasmus James) at UW.
• Coached 59 NFL draft choices at Wisconsin.
• Coached 34 All-Americans, including seven consensus first-team choices, at Wisconsin.
• Coached 62 first-team All-Big Ten selections at Wisconsin.
• Coached 119 Academic All-Big Ten selections at Wisconsin.
• Big Ten-record 10 straight seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher (1993-2002).
• Four Big Ten Defensive Players of the Year.
• Two Big Ten MVPs.
• Two Big Ten Offensive Players of the Year.
• Three Big Ten Freshmen of the Year.
• Three Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship teams (the only other Big Ten coach with at least three Rose Bowl wins was Ohio State's Woody Hayes).
• Eleven bowl qualifiers.
• Coached or played in 22 bowl games (at Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Iowa and Nebraska).
• Was a head coach in the 1995 Blue-Gray Game, 1996 East-West Shrine game, 2000 Hula Bowl and 2004 Florida Gridiron Classic.
• Alvarez received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Nebraska in May of 2003.
• Barry was inducted into the Washington County (Pa.) chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
• Alvarez and his wife, Cindy, endowed a football scholarship at the UW in the spring of 2000. "I thought it was a small way for me to say thanks to the UW-Madison," Alvarez said of his quarter-million dollar contribution to the school's foundation.
• Alvarez set a goal to become a collegiate head coach by his 42nd birthday and was named to the Wisconsin post three days after he turned 42.
• Alvarez added administrative duties to his job description in 2000 when he was named Associate Athletic Director. He became Wisconsin's Director of Athletics in April 2004, operating in a dual role as football coach as well.
• Alvarez grew up in a small mining town (Langeloth) in western Pennsylvania. He played all sports as a kid and idolized former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente.
• Babcock Hall, which houses the UW-Madison's nationally acclaimed dairy school, developed an ice cream flavor in honor of the Badger head coach in 1994. It was named Berry Alvarez, and the flavor was a mixture of raspberry, strawberry and blueberry.
• Alvarez, a big baseball fan, helped honor former Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray by singing "Take me out to the ballgame" during a seventh-inning stretch in May of 1999.
• Alvarez was a finalist for ESPN's College Football Coach of the Decade Award in 1999. He was one of 18 coaches named to a new position in 1990 and was the only one still at the school that hired him when he retired in 2005.
• Barry Alvarez got his college coaching start with Hayden Fry at Iowa in 1979, one season after leading Mason City High School to the 4A state championship. One of the staffs of which Alvarez was a member featured six men who went on to lead their own college programs: Alvarez; Kirk Ferentz, Iowa; Dan McCarney, former Iowa State; Del Miller, former Missouri State; Don Patterson, former Western Illinois; Bill Snyder, Kansas State.
• Alvarez was named one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" by Hispanic Business in October of 2001.
• Alvarez and his wife, Cindy, were co-campaign chairs in the effort to bring a Gilda's Club (a free support center for families dealing with cancer) to Madison. It opened in the fall of 2008. In addition, Alvarez serves on the Board of Directors of the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).
• Numerous former Alvarez assistants at Wisconsin have gone on to success on the professional level, among them Bill Callahan (former Oakland Raiders and Nebraska head coach), Brad Childress (Minnesota Vikings head coach), Jay Hayes (Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach), Jim Hueber (Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach), Jeff Horton (St. Louis Rams assistant offensive line coach).

The Alvarez Era | Career in Photos

Barry Alvarez begins his 11th year as Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin in 2014-15, and his ninth without the additional title of head football coach. Alvarez served as A.D. and football coach from 2004-05.

Wisconsin has enjoyed remarkable success during Alvarez's tenure at the head of the athletic department, winning a combined 14 team national titles and 47 conference regular-season or tournament crowns since he took over.

In Alvarez's 10 previous seasons as A.D., Wisconsin has finished at least 22nd in the NACDA Director's Cup six times, including a 16th-place finish in 2006-07 (2nd-best in school history) and an 18th-place showing last year. Six different programs have won national titles during Alvarez's tenure, including four in the magical 2005-06 season. Eleven different teams have been crowned as conference champions, including five in each of the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2012-13 seasons.

On the academic side, more than 1,000 student-athletes have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in Alvarez' nine-year tenure. Wisconsin has had at least one Capital One Academic All-America pick for 35 consecutive years. That ties UW with Georgia and Bucknell for the second-longest streak in the nation, trailing only Nebraskaís run of 43-straight seasons with an Academic All-American.

Since 2009-10, UW student-athletes have achieved at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. At the end of spring 2014, the cumulative GPA for all student-athletes was 3.02. In 2013-14, seven sports either set or tied their highest term or cumulative team grade-point averages ever.

Alvarez was appointed in the spring of 2008 as one of the chairs of the NCAA's Football Academic Enhancement Group, which was formed to review and recommend improvements for the APR rating. He also serves on the NCAA Football Issues Committee and on the newly-formed College Football Playoff Committee. In addition, Alvarez was named "Person of the Year" by the Big Ten Club of Southern California in 2008. Alvarez was voted into the state of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2009 and was inducted into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

Recently elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, Alvarez guided Wisconsinís football fortunes for 16 seasons (1990-2005). He has been at the forefront of the revival of the Badger athletic program during his entire tenure in Madison. He piloted Wisconsin to three Big Ten and Rose Bowl titles (including back-to-back in 1998-99) en route to becoming the winningest football coach in school history (118-73-4 record). In December, 2012 he returned to sidelines one last time and guided the Badgers against Stanford in the 2013 Rose Bowl.

Alvarez was just the 10th coach in Big Ten history to win 100 games at one conference institution. The 1993 national coach of the year, he was a two-time (1993 and 1998) Big Ten coach of the year and a finalist for ESPNís coach of the decade (1990s) honor. He received the Victor Awardís 1999 National Coach of the Year accolade and was the 2004 AFCA Region 3 Coach of the Year.

Alvarez retired from coaching at the conclusion of the 2005 season in order to concentrate solely on running the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. He has made a lasting impression on the Wisconsin sports scene. His well-documented turnaround of the once-moribund Badger football program has helped to allow the schoolís entire athletic department to blossom into one of the nationís finest and most respected organizations in college sports.

When Alvarez arrived in Madison in 1990, Wisconsin had compiled a 9-36 record during the previous four seasons and attendance at Camp Randall Stadium had dipped to an average of 41,734 per game (54 percent of capacity). The program sorely needed a boost and got it when new Director of Athletics Pat Richter hired Alvarez from Notre Dame, where he had been an assistant coach under Lou Holtz.

Over the next 16 seasons Alvarez transformed the football program and, subsequently, the culture of athletics at the UW. The success of the football program ignited and heightened interest in Badger sports.

Alvarezís list of accomplishments at Wisconsin is remarkable. Consider just a few of the most notable...

• winningest coach in school history (record of 118-74-4, .612)

• coached three Big Ten and Rose Bowl champions

• only Big Ten coach ever to win the Rose Bowl in consecutive seasons

• just the 10th coach in Big Ten history with 100 victories at one conference institution

• coached five national award winners, including Ron Dayne (Heisman, Doak Walker, Maxwell), Jamar Fletcher (Jim Thorpe) and Kevin Stemke (Ray Guy)

• guided UW to back-to-back Big Ten titles in 1998 and 1999 (hadnít happened at Wisconsin since 1896-97)

• coached the four of the five winningest teams in school history

• named national coach of the year in 1993; Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1998; Victor Awardís 1999 National Coach of the Year; and 2004 AFCA Region 3 Coach of the Year.

Alvarez is a 1969 graduate of the University of Nebraska, where he played linebacker and went on to earn his masterís degree. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater in 2003. Alvarez and his wife, Cindy, were co-campaign chairs in the effort to bring a Gildaís Club (a free support center for families dealing with cancer) to Madison. That facility opened in the fall of 2008. In addition, Alvarez serves on the Board of Directors of the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

Alvarez and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of three grown children - daughters Dawn and Stacy and son Chad (wife Stephanie). Barry and Cindy are grandparents to Joe and Jake Ferguson; Grace and Jackson Delzer; and Scarlett, Barry John Thomas, Anson and Hadley Alvarez.


Alvarez's Year-by-Year Coaching Record
Year Overall Big Ten (Finish) Bowl Results
1990 1-10-0 0-8-0 (10th) ---
1991 5-6-0 2-6-0 (T8th) ---
1992 5-6-0 3-5-0 (T6th) ---
1993 10-1-1 6-1-1 (T1st) Rose (defeated UCLA 21-16)
1994 8-3-1 5-2-1 (3rd) Hall of Fame (defeated Duke 34-20)
1995 4-5-2 3-4-1 (T7th) ---
1996 8-5-0 3-5-0 (7th) Copper (defeated Utah 38-10)
1997 8-5-0 5-3-0 (5th) Outback (lost to Georgia 33-6)
1998 11-1-1 7-1-0 (T1st) Rose (defeated UCLA 38-31)
1999 10-2-0 7-1-0 (1st) Rose (defeated Stanford 17-9)
2000 9-4-0 4-4-0 (5th) Sun (defeated UCLA 21-20)
2001 5-7-0 3-5-0 (T8th) ---
2002 8-6-0 2-6-0 (T8th) Alamo (defeated Colorado 31-28)
2003 7-6-0 3-5-0 (T7th) Music City (lost to Auburn 28-14)
2004 9-3-0 6-2-0 (3rd) Outback (lost to Georgia 24-21)
2005 10-3-0 5-3-0 (T3rd)

Capital One (defeated Auburn 24-10)

Overall Record (16 Seasons): 118-74-4 (.612)Bowl Record: 8-4 (.667)

Team National Champions (14)
2003-04 Womenís Lightweight Rowing
2004-05 Womenís Lightweight Rowing
2005-06 Menís Cross Country
Menís Hockey
Womenís Hockey
Womenís Lightweight Rowing
2006-07 Womenís Hockey
Menís Track & Field
2007-08 Womenís Lightweight Rowing
Menís Rowing
2008-09 Womenís Hockey
Womenís Lightweight Rowing
2010-11 Womenís Hockey
2011-12 Menís Cross Country
Individual National champions (11)
2004-05 Simon Bairu, Menís Cross Country
Chris Solinsky, Indoor 3,000 Meters
2005-06 Simon Bairu, Menís Cross Country
Chris Solinsky, Indoor 3,000 Meters
Chris Solinsky, Outdoor 5,000 Meters
2006-07 Chris Solinsky, Indoor 5,000 Meters
Chris Solinsky, Outdoor 5,000 Meters
2009-10 Andrew Howe, 165 lbs.
2010-11 Maggie Meyer, 200-Yard Backstroke
2012-13 Drew teDuits, 200-Yard Backstroke
2013-14 Michael Lihrman, Indoor Weight Throw
Conference Champions (47)
2003-04 Menís Outdoor Track & Field
2004-05 Menís Cross Country
Menís Indoor Track & Field
Menís Outdoor Track & Field
Womenís Lightweight Rowing
2005-06 Menís Cross Country
Womenís Soccer (tournament)
Womenís Hockey (regular season & tournament)
Menís Indoor Track & Field
Menís Outdoor Track & Field
Womenís Lightweight Rowing
2006-07 Menís Cross Country
Womenís Hockey (regular season & tournament)
Menís Indoor Track & Field
Menís Outdoor Track & Field
Womenís Lightweight Rowing
2007-08 Menís Cross Country
Menís Indoor Track & Field
Menís Basketball (regular season & tournament)
Menís Rowing
Womenís Lightweight Rowing
2008-09 Menís Cross Country
Womenís Hockey (tournament)
Womenís Lightweight Rowing
2009-10 Menís Cross Country
Womenís Rowing
Womenís Lightweight Rowing
2010-11 Menís Cross Country
Football
Womenís Hockey (regular season & tournament)
Womenís Lightweight Rowing
2011-12 Menís Cross Country
Football
Womenís Hockey
Menís Outdoor Track & Field
2012-13 Menís Cross Country
Football
Menís Indoor Track
Menís Hockey (tournament)
Softball (tournament)
2013-14 Menís Indoor Track
Menís Hockey (tournament)
Menís Outdoor Track

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