Wisconsin extends Greg Gard through 2021-22 season

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Wisconsin Badgers head coach Greg Gard during the first half of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden between the Florida Gators and the Wisconsin Badgers on March 24, 2017 in New York City, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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The Wisconsin Badgers and head basketball coach Greg Gard have agreed on a contract extension that will stand to keep the coach in Madison through the 2021-22 season. Wisconsin’s leader will now be entering his third season as the Badgers’ head coach and has continued to lead the program to lofty NCAA Tournament perches after succeeding Bo Ryan.

This is Gard’s first head coaching job, however. Nonetheless, the 46-year-old Wisconsin native has been with the Badgers since 2001, working under Ryan for his entire tenure in Madison – which spanned from 2001 to 2015. Gard also followed Ryan from the University of Milwaukee, known as Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the time, so he received a lengthy look at running a program from the longtime Wisconsin leader.

Gard took over midway through the 2015-2016 season – months after the Badgers’ run to the 2014-2015 national championship game – and has kept Wisconsin as a dangerous tournament team. Despite being seeded on either the 7-10 or 8-9 line in his two March Madness trips, Gard has guided the Badgers out of the tourney’s first weekend on both occasions. Wisconsin upset No. 2-seeded Xavier via three-point buzzer-beater in the 2016 second-round and followed that up with an ousting of defending National Champion Villanova Wildcats in this year’s second-round.

Wisconsin nearly ventured back to the Elite Eight in March, but a Florida Gators’ buzzer-beater vanquished Gard’s Badgers in the coach’s first full season at the helm. Although, the university has clearly seen enough from him after announcing the contract extension.

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