Jan. 25, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema continued the process of filling out his coaching staff on Wednesday when he announced the hiring of Andy Buh (pronounced “Boo”) as UW’s linebackers coach. Buh has spent the last two seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Nevada. He was formerly the co-defensive coordinator at Stanford.
“I’ve known about Andy for several years and had the chance to visit with him at the coaches’ convention in San Antonio recently,” Bielema said. “I came away very impressed with his teaching ability, his passion and his personality. He brings tremendous experience, being a coordinator at both Nevada and Stanford, and is a dynamic personality. With his wife being an Indiana native, this is chance for his family to get back to the Midwest.”
In the last two years, Buh helped Nevada to a 20-7 record, including a 12-3 mark in the WAC. The Wolf Pack won the WAC title in 2010 and defeated Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Nevada ranked 18th in the country in rushing defense at just 120.29 yards per game allowed. The Pack's 2010 unit was led by defensive end Dontay Moch, a third-round NFL draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals who was 10th nationally in tackles for loss.
Last year Nevada went 7-6 and nearly upset No. 22 Southern Miss in the Hawaii Bowl, falling to the Golden Eagles, 24-17.The Wolf Pack limited the No. 15 scoring offense in the country almost 13 points and 130 yards below its season averages. On the season, Nevada finished 22nd in the country in pass efficiency defense and was led by first-team All-American defensive tackle Brett Roy.
Buh inherited a defense that ranked 91st and 96th in the country in total defense in the two years before he arrived at Nevada. In his two seasons, the Wolf Pack finished 54th and 52nd nationally.
“Today is a great day,” Buh said. “I’m very excited and enthused about joining the University of Wisconsin’s football staff. I’m thrilled with this opportunity and can’t wait to hit the field running. Coach Bielema has given me the opportunity of a lifetime and I’m humbled to be a part of his staff. I look forward to every part of this experience and can’t wait to get working.”
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Prior to this tenure at Nevada, Buh had three successful seasons at Stanford, including the last two as the co-defensive coordinator for the Cardinal. He began his tenure at Stanford in 2007 as the linebackers coach. In 2008, he was promoted by then-coach Jim Harbaugh to co-defensive coordinator for the Cardinal. Stanford had four defensive players earn All Pac-10 recognition in Buh's final season as the Cardinal made their first bowl appearance (Sun Bowl) since 2001.
Buh spent the 2006 season at Fresno State after four successful seasons (2002-05) at San Diego State. During his time with the Aztecs, Buh coached four players who went on to the NFL, including Kirk Morrison, a two-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In 2005, Buh had two of his linebackers on national watch lists for the Nagurski and Butkus Awards.
Buh spent two seasons (2000-01) at Cal as a defensive administrative assistant after starting his coaching career at Nevada. He was the Wolf Pack's graduate assistant coach in 1997 and 1998 and was hired as Nevada's defensive backs/special teams coach in 1999.
Buh played at Nevada in 1993 and 1994 and helped the Pack to a Big West championship as a senior in 1994. The Pack went 16-6 during Buh's two seasons in Silver and Blue. He graduated from Nevada with a degree in physical education in 1996.
A native of Escondido, Calif. (Orange Glen HS), Buh played at Palomar College in Southern California, where he helped the team to a share of the 1991 Junior College Grid-Wire national championship as a freshman. He earned juco All-America honors as a sophomore in 1992 before transferring to Nevada. He coached one season at Orange Glen HS before coming back to Nevada as a graduate assistant.