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Bill Busch
Bill Busch

Position:
Safeties

Bill Busch is in his second season at Wisconsin and is responsible for coaching safeties and assisting in coordination of the Badgers' special teams units.

In his Badgers debut in 2013, Busch helped guide a unit that ranked No. 17 nationally in passing defense, allowing just 205.5 yards per game. Wisconsin allowed opponents an average of just 6.2 yards per passing attempt, tying the Badgers for 13th nationally in that category. UW also ranked 15th nationally in completion percentage defense, allowing opponents to complete just 53.4 percent of their passes.

Bill Busch
Busch at a Glance
Recruiting Areas
North Texas, North Florida
Hometown
O'Neill, Neb.
Alma Mater
Nebraska Wesleyan, 1988
Coaching Experience
• Nebraska-Kearney graduate assistant (1989)
• Nebraska graduate assistant (1990-93)
• Wisconsin graduate assistant (1994)
• Northern Arizona secondary coach (1995)
• Northern Arizona co-defensive coordinator (1996)
• New Mexico State secondary coach (1997-2000)
• Utah safeties coach (2001-02)
• Utah secondary coach (2003)
• Nebraska outside linebackers coach/special teams coordinator (2004)
• Nebraska safeties coach/special teams coordinator (2005-07)
• Utah State defensive coordinator (2009-10)
• Utah State safeties coach/special teams coordinator/associate head coach (2011-12)
• Wisconsin safeties coach (2013-present)
Bowl Games
• 2001 Las Vegas
• 2003 Liberty
• 2005 Alamon
• 2007 Cotton
• 2011 Famous Idaho Potato
• 2012 Famous Idaho Potato
• 2014 Capital One
The Badgers' secondary was especially strong on third down, as opponents converted just 25.2 percent of their third-down attempts (31 of 123) through the air against UW's defense, the fourth-best mark of any FBS team. On third down, UW opponents completed just 40.7 percent of their passes for an average of 4.37 yards per attempt -- numbers that ranked the Badgers No. 3 nationally in both categories.

Individually, Busch mentored senior safety Dezmen Southward, who earned All-Big Ten honors on his way to being selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2014 NFL Draft. Sophomore safety Michael Caputo had a breakout season, earning All-Big Ten honors by ranking second on the team with 63 total tackles.

On special teams, the Badgers boasted one of the nation's best coverage units in 2013. UW was one of just three teams from the Power 5 conferences to not allow a punt return touchdown, a punt return of 20-plus yards, a kickoff return touchdown or a kickoff return of 50-plus yards.

UW's kickoff coverage unit limited teams to an average of 19.3 yards per return, ranking third in the Big Ten and 24th nationally.

Busch came to Wisconsin after spending the previous four years at Utah State. The last two seasons at USU he served as associate head coach and special teams coordinator, in addition to 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.

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.). In 2011, Busch helped the Aggies 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).

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.

While at Northern Arizona, Busch helped the Lumberjacks field the Big Sky Conference's No. 1-ranked defense in each of his two seasons and helped guide NAU to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA FCS playoffs. Rayna Stuart and Todd McMillan both went on to NFL careers after playing under Busch at NAU.

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 under new head coach Urban Meyer.

He contributed to a Utes defense that ranked atop the Mountain West Conference and in the top 20 nationally in each of his three years and coached future NFL players Antwoine Sanders, Arnold Parker and Eric Weddle.

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 and 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. Busch also coached first-round NFL draft pick Prince Amukamara during his time at Nebraska.

Busch's coaching talents also paid dividends for Huskers on special teams. During his time in Lincoln, 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, Nebraska, 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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