Bill Busch
Bill Busch

Position:
Safeties

Bill Busch is beginning his first season at Wisconsin after spending the last four years at Utah State. The last two seasons at USU he served as associate head coach and special teams coordinator, as well as coaching the safeties. Busch spent his first two seasons at Utah State as the defensive coordinator.

As special teams coordinator, Busch's punt unit ranked 29th in the NCAA with a net average of 38.2 yards per punt in 2011. That average improved to 38.4 yards per punt in 2012 with Utah State ranking 33rd in the country. USU's kickoff return unit was also among the national leaders in 2011 under Busch, ranking third in the WAC and 39th in the FBS with an average of 22.8 yards per return. In 2011, the punt return unit ranked 38th in the nation with 10.3 yards per return.

Utah State punter Tyler Bennett ranked third in the WAC and 16th in the NCAA in punting at 43.8 yards per punt in 2012. As a team, Utah State's net punting average improved 49 spots in the FBS rankings from 2010.

In his fourth year coaching USU's safeties in 2012, Utah State ranked 10th in the country in pass efficiency defense (104.4) and the Aggies were seventh in the nation in scoring defense (15.3 ppg.). Free safety McKade Brady was a second-team All-WAC selection, ranking third on the team in tackles with 93, while strong safety Brian Suite finished fifth on the team in stops (73) in his first season as a starter.

In 2011, Busch helped the Aggie defense rank first in the WAC in total defense (366.23 ypg), second in rushing defense (127.7 ypg), third in pass efficiency defense (125.58) and third in passing defense (238.46 ypg).

As defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2010, Busch coached first-team All-WAC linebacker Bobby Wagner, who led the league and ranked eighth in the FBS with 11.1 tackles per game, earning first-team All-WAC honors for the second-straight season. Wagner's 133 tackles as a junior not only led the team, but were the most by an Aggie since 2002.

Busch also coached second-team all-league cornerback Curtis Marsh, who ranked second in the WAC and sixth in the FBS in passes defended with 1.25 per game. He finished with 15 total on 13 pass break-ups and two interceptions.

Marsh was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 26th pick of the third round and 90th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, while Wagner was drafted in the second round with the 47th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

In 2010 Busch also coached safety James Brindley, who signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Brindley was eighth in the WAC overall in tackles with 7.8 per game, ranking third among defensive backs. Additionally, Brindley ranked third overall in passes defended with nine on six pass break-ups and three interceptions.

Busch coached with Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen at both Northern Arizona and Utah. He and Andersen were at NAU together from 1995-96, with Busch serving as secondary coach in 1995 and co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 1996, while Andersen was assistant head coach and defensive line as well as special teams coach.

After Busch's four-year stint as secondary coach at New Mexico State from 1997-2000, he and Andersen joined up again at Utah in 2001 when Busch was safeties coach until taking over the entire secondary in 2003.

In addition to his ties to Andersen, Busch has connections to UW dating back to the start of his coaching career. He got his start as a graduate assistant at Nebraska from 1990-93 then spent two seasons as a GA at Wisconsin under Barry Alvarez from 1993-94. Busch was later outside linebackers and safeties coach at Nebraska under Bill Callahan from 2004-07. Callahan was a member of Alvarez's first coaching staff at Wisconsin and spent five years coaching the Badgers' offensive line.

The 2005 Nebraska defense toted a No. 10 national pass efficiency defense ranking and the No. 2 ranking in the Big 12 Conference. Busch had two players selected in the NFL Draft as Josh Bullock was selected by the New Orleans Saints in 2005 and his twin brother, Daniel, was chosen in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions in the second round. Ironically, each Bullock brother was taken with the 40th pick.

Busch's coaching talents also paid dividends for Nebraska on special teams. During his time there, the Huskers blocked 16 kicks, including seven in 2005. NU's special teams recorded two important plays in the final minutes of a contest - a 40-yard field goal to beat Kansas State and a block of a Pitt field-goal attempt - that proved to be game winners.

Nebraska ranked in the top 25 nationally in net punting (24th in 2006) and punt returns (17th in 2005) under Busch as well. NU's kickoff coverage unit ranked 15th nationally in 2006 after finishing 22nd the previous year.

Busch is a Pender, Neb., native and earned his bachelor's degree in education from Nebraska Wesleyan in 1988 and added a master's degree from Nebraska-Kearney in 1990. Busch began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Nebraska-Kearney in 1989, after playing wide receiver at Nebraska Wesleyan from 1985-87.

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