June 24, 2010
Pioneer Award Winners
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez was honored last night by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the McLendon Foundation with the Pioneer Award for becoming the first Latino to win the Rose Bowl. The award is given in honor of minority "firsts" in athletics.
Alvarez, who was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, was one of 11 people to be honored with the Pioneer Award, including Ernie Davis, who was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy, and Tyrone Willingham, the first African-American head coach to take a team to the Rose Bowl.
The Alvarez-led Badgers defeated UCLA 21-16 on Jan. 1, 1994, for the first Rose Bowl victory in Wisconsin history. Alvarez went on to guide the Badgers to two more Rose Bowl victories in 1999 and 2000.
The 2005 season marked the end of the Alvarez coaching era. He finished his career with the most wins in UW history, compiling a 118-73-4 record. In addition to the three Rose Bowl titles, Alvarez also led the Badgers to three Big Ten championships. His 8-3 bowl record is the best in NCAA history among coaches with at least 11 bowl appearances.