Andy Ludwig is in his first season as Wisconsin's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He comes to Madison after having spent the last two seasons at San Diego State.
Last year, the Aztecs went 9-4, including 7-1 in the Mountain West Conference. The SDSU offense averaged 32.9 points per game and ranked 20th in the nation in rushing, with 220.7 average yards per game. Aztecs junior tight end Gavin Escobar was a Mackey Award semifinalist while sophomore running back Adam Muema ran for 1,458 yards.
In 2011, San Diego State averaged 427.4 yards per game. Running back Ronnie Hillman ranked fourth nationally in rushing (1,711 yards) and was selected in the third round of the NFL draft. Quarterback Ryan Lindley, who finished his career among the top 15 in FBS history in career passing yards, was a sixth-round draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals.
Ludwig completed his 18th year as an offensive coordinator at the NCAA level in 2012 and has 26 years of coaching experience overall. His teams have been to 13 bowl games with seven bids in the past eight seasons. Prior to his years at San Diego State, Ludwig served as the offensive coordinator at California (2009-10), Utah (2005-08), Oregon (2002-04), Fresno State (1998-01), Cal Poly (1997) and Augustana (1993-94).
Ludwig helped Utah go to four consecutive bowl games, including a 2009 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, as the Utes finished 13-0 with a No. 2 national ranking. That season, Utah put up 36.9 points per game and he was named a finalist for the FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year. In 2005, the Utes led the MWC in total offense and ranked 12th nationally at 473.0 yards per game.
While at Oregon, Ludwig tutored quarterback Kellen Clemens, who threw for 2,390 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore. Wideout Samie Parker also set a school record for most receptions in a season with 77 in 2003 and finished his Ducks career as the school's all-time career leader in catches and yardage. Running backs Onterrio Smith and Terrence Whitehead both posted 1,000-yard rushing campaigns during Ludwig's stay in Eugene.
Ludwig was also a finalist for the 2001 Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year award after Fresno State finished fourth in the nation in both scoring (40.0 ppg.) and total offense (501.6 ypg.). The Bulldogs also became the first school in NCAA history to feature a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in a single season. That Fresno team featured Heisman Trophy finalist and 2002 NFL Draft No. 1 pick David Carr.
Besides his offensive coordinator experience, Ludwig has spent time at Boise State (quarterbacks coach, 1995-96), Utah (defensive graduate assistant, 1992), Idaho State (quarterbacks/receivers, 1989-91) and Portland State (receivers, 1987-88).
Ludwig played two seasons as a wide receiver at Snow College in Utah (1982-83) before earning a pair of letters at Portland State (1985-86), where he graduated in 1988 with a degree in exercise science.
Ludwig and his wife, Jill, have a son and a daughter.