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Barry Alvarez, the Badgers athletic director and former head football coach, has announced his retirement. He is taking questions from the press.

Posted by WKOW 27 on Tuesday, April 6, 2021

MADISON (WKOW) -- Barry Alvarez, the athletic director for the Wisconsin Badgers and former head coach of Badgers Football has announced he is retiring.

"After 32 years of leadership and excellence, Barry Alvarez is announcing his retirement," the Badgers announced on Twitter. "Thanks for everything, Coach!"

The announcement was accompanied by a six-minute video summarizing his many achievements with the organization.

"It has been an honor to be a part of Wisconsin Athletics and I take great pride in all we have accomplished over the last three decades," Alvarez said in a statement. "From championships, to improvements on campus, to impacting thousands of student-athletes, it’s been a great ride."

In his time as head football coach and athletic director, Alvarez became one of the key figures in turning Wisconsin into a perennial powerhouse in a litany of sports.

Since Alvarez took over as athletic director from Pat Richter in 2004, Wisconsin has racked up 46 conference titles and nine national titles across all sports. Wisconsin women's hockey has evolved from a strong program into a dynasty during Alvarez's tenure, accounting for six national titles and 12 conference crowns.

Alvarez will leave Wisconsin athletics much better than he found it, with multiple programs frequently contending for conference and national crowns.

His own work as head football coach is nothing to sneeze at, guiding the Badgers to a 120-73-4 record, including a 3-0 record in the Rose Bowl during his initial run as coach.

During his 14 years as head coach, Wisconsin posted at least nine wins six times. Prior to his hiring in 1990, the Badgers had only accomplished such a feat four times in the prior 100 years.

The UW Athletics Board will meet Wednesday to discuss the hiring of a new athletic director.

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