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Gary Close
Gary  Close

Moorestown, N.J.

Assistant Coach

Season at UW:

Gary Close, entering his 29th season in Division I, will begin his 13th season with the Badgers in 2015-16. Close was an assistant for 16 years at Iowa and Stanford before joining UW's staff in the spring of 2003.

"From the first time I met Gary at Stanford, I knew he was someone with exceptional teaching and coaching skills," Head Coach Bo Ryan said. "The University of Wisconsin will benefit greatly from his addition to our staff and we are looking forward to working together for many years to come."

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Gary Close
The Close File
Moorestown, N.J.
Wife, Kellie
Son, Sam; daughter, Ellen
B.S., Business-Agriculture (P.E. minor), Arizona St., 1978
M.S. Athletic Administration & Coaching, Arizona St., 1982
Coaching Experience
Assistant Coach, Wisconsin (2003-present)
Head Coach, Regina [Iowa] H.S. (2000-03)
Assistant Coach, Iowa (1986-99)
Assistant Coach, Stanford (1983-86)

Among Close's many responsibilities with the Badgers is coordinating UW's player development workouts. The veteran coach was named one of the top 25 assistants in the country by Rivals.com in 2007.

During his time in Madison, the Badgers have made the NCAA tournament all 12 years, including back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2014 and 2015, and the national championship game in 2015 for the first time at UW since 1941. Last season, Close helped Wisconsin shatter the school's single-season wins record (36), becoming one of just 10 teams with at least 36 wins in Division I history.

Close's tenure at UW has also included two Big Ten regular season championships and three Big Ten tournament titles.

A renowned shooting coach, Close has helped the Badgers post some of their most prolific shooting seasons. With Close on staff, UW has posted the five highest single-season 3-point totals in school history. That includes setting a school record with 297 3-pointers made in 2013-14 and tallying teh second-highest total in 2014-15 with 288 3s. Close has also presided over three of the top four free throw shooting teams in Badgers annals, including a Big Ten-record 81.8 percent effort from the 2010-11 team.

Close spent three years as the head coach of Regina High School in Iowa City, leading the Regals to two state tournament appearances, and as the Director of Basketball Operations for Championship Productions in Ames, Iowa.

Prior to that, he spent 13 years as an assistant at Iowa under Tom Davis. During that time, the Hawkeyes made nine NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the Sweet 16 twice and the regional final once. At Iowa he coached 13 future NBA players including B.J. Armstrong, Roy Marble, Acie Earl, Matt Bullard, Ricky Davis and Ryan Bowen. A respected shooting coach, Iowa shot better than 48.0 percent from the field five times during Close's tenure, including a school-record .528 in 1987-88.

Close was also an assistant for three years under Davis at Stanford. In his first season, Stanford won 19 games, the most at the school since 1961-62. He was also part of the staff that was responsible for recruiting the Cardinal's all-time leading scorer, Todd Lichti.

A veteran of a number of international tours, Close served as the assistant to Davis on a Pac-10 all-star team that toured Australia in 1985. During the summer of 1995, he served as co-head coach for a Big Ten all-star team that toured in Europe.

Under Close's direction in 1996, the People-to-People Sports team became the first American team to win the Malgrat International Tournament in Malgrat, Spain. In 1997, Close coached a team comprised of current and former Iowa players to a perfect 6-0 record on a six-game tour in Germany.

A native of Moorestown, N.J., Close earned a bachelor's degree in business-agriculture with a minor in physical education (1978) and a master's degree in athletic administration and coaching (1982) from Arizona State. Close, his wife Kellie and their children Sam and Ellen live in Middleton.


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