Barry Alvarez arrived at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1990 when he became the head football coach. Alvarez would hold that position for 16 years, where he accumulated a record of 119-74-4, plus a 1-1 mark as an interim coach in bowl games.
Alvarez would retire from his coaching job in 2005 but remain as the athletic director, which he took on the year prior. Now, after 31 years at Wisconsin as the football coach and athletic director, Alvarez is retiring.
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit was at Ohio State in the early 1990s and saw the early years of Alvarez’s time with Wisconsin. Herbstreit took to Twitter, where he provided some thoughts on the 74-year-old’s departure.
“One of my ALL TIME favorites in college athletics, Barry Alvarez, is officially retiring this summer. What a career,” Herbstreit wrote. “As a HOF head coach in Madison and equally impressive run as AD for the Badgers. Congrats on all your successes, Coach-we’ll all miss your leadership and style.”
Alvarez will retire from his post on June 30. The university will administer a full search for Alvarez’s replacement, although ESPN speculates that Wisconsin deputy athletic director Chris McIntosh seems like the potential successor.