From the Sidelines: Meet Men's Basketball Assistant Coach Greg Gard




Throughout the summer, coaches, and staff at the University of Wisconsin will be profiled on uwbadgers.com in a get-to-know-you feature.

Greg Gard is entering his fifth season as a member of Bo Ryan's staff in Madison. Prior to coming to Wisconsin in 2001, Gard was an assistant under Ryan at UW-Milwaukee (1999-2001) and UW-Platteville (1993-99). The 34-year old Gard graduated from UW-Platteville in 1995.

Name: Greg Gard

Nickname: Gardo

Occupation/Sport: Assistant Coach - Mens Basketball

Family: Wife Michelle / Daughter Mackenzie (4) / Son Isaac (2)

Years with UW/Year in school: Entering fifth season as an assistant

Childhood Heroes: Many high school and college athletes

Favorite Food (how often do you eat it): Pizza and Mac and Cheese (too much)

Magazine Subscription: Bass Masters

Last Book Read: Leading with the Heart by Mike Krzyzewski

Musical Tastes: Country

Staple of your DVD Collection: Bo Ryans Offensive System

Favorite Superhero: Batman

Dream Car: The biggest truck I can find

TV Show You Never Miss: Sportscenter

Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, Hunting

Favorite Sport: Basketball

Favorite Charity: American Diabetes Association

Favorite Vacation Spot (when did you go and with whom): Las Vegas (Many times with many people)

First Job: Summers at Implement Dealer washing machinery and mowing the grass

First pro sports event you attended: Packer game in Milwaukee County Stadium

First time on an airplane: 1994 going to the Final Four

First time you started playing organized sports: Third grade

Most famous person youve met (where and when): Dean Smith (Final Four Banquet 1998)

If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would it be John Wooden, Jon Gruden and President Bush

Best thing about Madison: Diversity and opportunity

Favorite spot on Campus: Game night at the Kohl Center

Favorite Area Restaurant: Too many to mention

The title of your autobiography would be: All the Way From Cobb

What reality TV show would you want to be on and how would you fare: None they all freak me out

One thing about you that would surprise most people reading this: I once worked as a police officer

In 10 years, what do you hope to be doing: Enjoying my kids

Greatest Sports Moment: Advancing to the High School State Tournament

Are you a video game person Whats your favorite game Donkey Kong and Space Invaders

Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: Electricity

How many songs in your Ipod: Havent downloaded any yet

Whats your cell phone ring: Chinese Melody

What was your coolest Halloween costume: A sports information director

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