Bo Ryan is going to retire after spending years as the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team. He’ll coach the next season before he calls it quits. Ryan is in his late 60s right now.
While Wisconsin fans are bound to be sad about the news, they should really be happy that Ryan is going to stick around this year. He almost retired at the end of last year, when his team was beaten by Duke for the national title. However, some people close to him told him not to retire right at the end of the year. Coaches are often worn out then, especially after a run like Ryan had, so retirement sounds nice. In a few months, it may not be looked at the same way.
Ryan is going to leave a legacy behind. Doe Deere pointed out that Ryan has won more than 70 percent of his games. He’s never missed the NCAA tournament. While Wisconsin never became as prolific as Kansas, Duke or Kentucky, he made them excellent year in and year out, and they were a force to be reckoned with in the Big Ten. He changed the face of Badger basketball forever.
The real shame here is that he did not manage to win the national title and then retire. That would have been far more poetic and fitting. However, those types of endings only happen in movies, and Ryan should be proud of all he’s done.