Jan. 10, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin head football coach Gary Andersen took one more step towards completing his coaching staff on Thursday, announcing that he has hired Jay Boulware as the Badgers’ tight ends coach. Boulware brings 19 years of coaching experience to Madison, the last four as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Auburn.
Boulware’s star pupil at tight end was Philip Lutzenkirchen, a second-team All-SEC selection in 2011 who set the Auburn tight end record for career touchdown receptions with 14. He was also a candidate for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. Despite missing the final six games of the season due to a torn labrum in his left hip, Lutzenkirchen was invited to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl.
As special teams coordinator, Boulware was in charge of a punt unit that allowed only four punt return yards on 70 punts (ranked second in the country in punt return defense) in 2012. The Tigers also ranked third in the country in kickoff return defense, allowing just 16.6 yards per return.
The previous season, Boulware directed the Auburn efforts that led the SEC in kickoff return yards (1264/24.3 avg), kick return touchdowns (2), kickoff coverage (546 yards) and fewest punts returned (10) for the 2011 campaign. He also tutored All-America punter Steven Clark, a 2011 Ray Guy Award finalist.
In 2010, Boulware coached Tigers kicker Wes Byrum to consecutive record-breaking seasons which culminated with a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give Auburn a 22-19 victory over Oregon in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. Under Boulware’s tutelage, Byrum set an Auburn single-season record for points by a kicker (99) in 2009 and followed that by breaking that record in 2010 with 123 points. Additionally, Byrum set a single-season Auburn record for field goal percentage (93.8), connecting on 15-of-16 field goals, and set a school record for conversions and attempts, going 54-of-54 on PATs in his first season under Boulware.
Boulware also guided Demond Washington to an Auburn single-season record for kickoff return average, as Washington’s average of 31.1 yards per return led the SEC and ranked sixth nationally.
Prior to coming to Auburn, Boulware served as running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Iowa State for two seasons from 2007-08. He has also coached at Texas, Northern Illinois, Arizona, Stanford and Utah, and has coached all-conference players at three different positions in three different conferences.
Boulware previously worked with Andersen and UW offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig at Utah. He was also on the coaching staff at Northern Illinois when current Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock was a player at NIU.