July 4, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- FoxSports.com recently published a list of the top 25 high-major assistant coaches in college basketball and ranked Wisconsin's Greg Gard number 10 on the list. Gard, who currently serves as the Badgers' associate head coach, is entering his 10th season as a Wisconsin assistant coach.
Gard serves as the Badgers' recruiting coordinator in addition to on-floor coaching duties, opponent scouting and game preparation, and the constructing of future Badger game schedules. He is also the director of the Badger Boys Basketball Summer Camps. In 2007, Gard was named one of the top 25 assistant coaches in the country by Rivals.com.
According to Fox Sports' Jason Belzer:
"In compiling this list, several factors were weighed, one of the more significant of which was an assistant’s longevity with the program. Those that have served their time and paid their dues with unquestionable loyalty to their head coaches have proven their worth as an assistant and will themselves be rewarded one day with the opportunity to lead a program. Other factors that went into the rankings include; overall program success while on staff, total years as an assistant, head coaching experience, recruiting, reputation amongst peers and future potential. Many staffs, as you will see, have two long tenured assistants that have worked in tandem and are thus grouped together.
Almost all of those listed will one day be head of their own programs and those that are not will only be so by choice. Most importantly is the realization that this list was created not to classify the haves from the have-nots, but to honor those assistants who have done great work throughout their careers and bring something truly special to a staff."
Here is the top-10 list:
1. Joe Dooley - Kansas
2. Larry Shaytt - Florida
3(a). Bernie Fine - Syracuse
3(b). Mike Hopkins - Syracuse
4. Steve Robinson - North Carolina
5(a). Mark Montgomery - Michigan State
5(b). Dwayne Stephens - Michigan State
6. George Blaney - Connecticut
7(a). Steve Wojciechowski - Duke
7(b). Chris Collins - Duke
8. Billy Hahn - West Virginia
9. Mike Dunlap - St. Johns
10. Greg Gard - Wisconsin