Greg Gard, a veteran of 19 seasons with Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, will enter his 12th season on the Badger basketball staff in the fall of 2012. After spending seven seasons as an assistant coach at Wisconsin he was named associate head coach in July of 2008.
"Greg is one of the most thorough and organized coaches I have ever been around," Ryan said. "His attention to detail and his ability to communicate that to the student-athletes separates him from other coaches."
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.
In July of 2010, Gard was named one of the top 25 high-major assistant coaches in college basketball (No. 10). Rivals.com also named Gard one of the nation's top 25 assistant coaches in 2007.
In Gard's 12 seasons in Madison, he has helped pilot the Badgers to three Big Ten regular season titles and two Big Ten tournament championships. UW has made the NCAA tournament in each of Gard's 12 seasons, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2003, 2008, 2011 and 2012 as well as the Elite Eight in 2005.
The Gard File
Daughters, Mackenzie and Peyton; son, Isaac
B.S., Physical & Health Education, UW-Platteville, 1995
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.