Former Wisconsin mens soccer player Andy Rectenwal (1984-87) finished his career with 120 total points, still the most ever by a Badger. Rectenwals 46 career goals also place him as Wisconsins No. 1 all-time goal scorer. Rectenwal, the teams MVP in 1987, was also named to the All-Mideast Region by the NSCAA in both 1985 and 1987. He earned a degree in Communications/Journalism from UW in 1987.
Where are you living and working now
I am living in Savage, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis and just had my 17-year anniversary with Kraft Foods. I am in sales for Kraft and call on Target headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. My wonderful wife Heather and I have been married 14 years and we have two kids. Drew is 13 and a seventh grader and Lauren just turned 11 and is in the fifth grade.
How has your academic experience and/or your degree from UW assisted you in your chosen career
I was a Communications/Journalism major in college. I believe this has helped immensely in my sales career and also as a youth sports coach.
What is your favorite memory (academically or socially) from being at Wisconsin
I can honestly say that being part of the UW soccer team is by far my best and favorite memory.
What do you remember most about being a part of the UW soccer team
The team!! We had a great group of guys all four years I played. We had fun on and off the field together.
What was the best thing about being a Badger soccer player
Having the privilege to work with Bill Reddan. He was a class act, a great coach and as genuine as they come.
What was your favorite part of campus Where did you spend most of your time
My favorite part of the campus was the Union and the place I spent the most of my time.
What advice to you give to current student-athletes
Enjoy college and being a student-athlete to the fullest ... blink and it is gone!!
Do you get back to Madison often Do you keep up with how the team is doing now
I do not get back to Madison often but wish I could because I love it!! Both of my kids are involved in youth sports and I coach them as well. There are not many free weekends and those we have we usually choose to relax. I do keep up with the team thanks to weekly emails from Nick Pasquarello and my friend John Moynihan.
You hold the all-time team records in both goals and points. What do these records mean to you
It is fun to tell my kids about but to be honest I rarely think about it. However, it is neat to think that they still hold.
How would you feel if somebody breaks one or both of them
I know that at some point in time it will happen ... records were made to be broken!!