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Greg Gard
Greg  Gard

Dodgeville, Wis.

Associate Head Coach

Season at UW:

One of the most respected assistant coaches in all of college basketball, Greg Gard is a veteran of more than 20 seasons with Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan. Gard will embark on his 15th season on the Badger basketball staff in the fall of 2015 and was elevated to the role of associate head coach in July of 2008.

"Greg knows why we do drills the way we do them," Ryan said in 2014. "Why we do things in a game the way we do them. He understands the personalities and the interactions of the players. Greg's a guy that knows the teams in the league, works extremely hard at scheduling, which is a very difficult job. Scouting reports. He just does it all."

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Gard serves as the Badgers' recruiting coordinator in addition to on-floor coaching duties, opponent scouting and game preparation, and the constructing of future game schedules. He is also the director of the Badger Boys Basketball Summer Camps.

Greg Gard
The Gard File
Cobb, Wis.
Wife, Michelle
Daughters, Mackenzie and Peyton; son, Isaac
B.S., Physical & Health Education, UW-Platteville, 1995
M.S.E. Counselor Education, UW-Platteville, 2007
Coaching Experience
Assistant Coach, Wisconsin (2001-present)
Assistant Coach, UW-Milwaukee (1999-2001)
Assistant Coach, UW-Platteville (1993-99)
Assistant Coach, Platteville [Wis.] H.S. (1993-94)
Assistant Coach, Southwestern [Wis.] H.S. (1990-93)

In 2012, Gard was named No. 3 on the list of top assistant coaches in college basketball according to Bleacher Report. Fox Sports also listed Gard No. 10 on its list of the nation's top 25 assistant coaches.

Gard's 13th and 14th seasons in Madison were some of the program's most memorable. He helped guide the Badgers to back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2014 and 2015, and in 2015 UW reached its first national championship game since 1941. Wisconsin shattered the school's single-season wins record (36) in 2015 and became one of just 10 teams with at least 36 wins in Division I history. In 2014, UW finished 30-8 and won at least 30 games for just the third time in school history.

In fact, Gard has been on the bench for each of the top 11 winningest seasons in UW annals.

Gard has helped pilot the Badgers to four Big Ten regular season titles and three Big Ten tournament championships, most recently winning both crowns in 2015. UW has made the NCAA tournament in each of Gard's 14 seasons, advancing to seven Sweet 16s three Elite Eights and two Final Fours.

"We almost have two head coaches in Coach Ryan and Coach Gard," former guard Josh Gasser said. "He's got that head coach mentality, that moxie about him. And that's perfect to have."

In Gard's 14 seasons with the Badgers, UW has never finished lower than fourth in the Big Ten standings, posting a mark of 172-68 (.717) in conference play.

Gard came to the Badgers after spending the previous two seasons as Ryan's assistant at UW-Milwaukee, where he had responsibilities in scouting, summer basketball camp operations and on-floor coaching, as well as involvement with recruiting.

Previously, Gard served as an assistant coach to Ryan at UW-Platteville from 1993-99. During Gard's years on the Pioneer staff, UW-Platteville compiled a 161-13 (.925) record and won three NCAA Division III titles, five straight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championships and appeared in six consecutive NCAA tournaments. In his final year at UW-Platteville, Gard served as Ryan's top assistant in charge of recruiting, camp operations and scouting. He also worked as an advisor in the university's admissions office.

Prior to joining Ryan's staff in Platteville, Gard spent three seasons at Southwestern High School and one at Platteville High School, where he served in junior high and assistant varsity coaching capacities.

Gard is a 1995 graduate of UW-Platteville with a degree in physical and health education. He received a master's degree in counselor education from Platteville in 2007. Gard and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters Mackenzie and Peyton and a son, Isaac.


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