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July 18, 2011

Barry Alvarez Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

Barry Alvarez Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

Wilson Advisory Staff Coach Barry Alvarez was unanimously voted into the College Football Hall of Fame class of 2011. His relationship with the world of College Football started in his playing days at the University of Nebraska, where he was a linebacker from 1966-1968. He then coached high school football, first as an assistant and then head coach at Lincoln High School in Nebraska, and later as head coach of the Mason City High School Mohawks in Iowa, winning the 1978 class 4A state title. He reentered the world of College Football as linebackers coach, first for the University of Iowa from 1979-1986, and then for Notre Dame in 1987. He became the Defensive Coordinator for Notre Dame the following year and remained until 1989.

Starting his head coaching career with the Wisconsin Badgers in back in 1990, he is the only coach in Big Ten history to win back-to-back Rose Bowls. Alvarez set a record with the highest all-time bowl winning percentage (.727) for coaches with at least 11 bowl appearances, going 8-3. While head coach for the Badgers he compiled a 118-73-4 record and captured three Big Ten Championships. He coached 12 first-team All-Americans including 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, 62 first-team All-Big Ten picks, and two National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athletes (Jim Leonhard and Joe Thomas). Alvarez was twice named Big Ten Coach of the Year (1993 and 1998). In 1993, Coach Alvarez was also named Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year, AFCA National Coach of the Year, and Pro Football's Newsweekly National Coach of the Year. Winner of the 2001 Victor Award for National Coach of the Year, he was also a finalist for ESPN National College Coach of the Decade.

In 2004, Alvarez became the University of Wisconsin's athletic director to accompany his head coaching job. He continued coaching for two more years before concentrating solely on his role as athletic director, a position he still holds. Coach Alvarez serves on several NCAA committees and the Board of Directors of the MACC Fund and was appointed as one of the chairs of the NCAA's Football Academic Enhancement Group. Barry Alvarez is also a member of the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. Congrats on an incredible career, Coach!