Wisconsin head football coach Barry Alvarez says he'll step down as coach of the Badgers after this season, but will remain as athletic director.
At a news conference this afternoon, Alvarez said second-year defensive coordinator Bret Bielema will replace him as head coach next season.
Alvarez assumed both roles as coach and athletic director in April 2004, saying he some day planned to step away from coaching to lead the athletic department full-time.
He says the time has come. This will be his last coaching season for the 58-year-old Alvarez.
He thanked his wife and other family members, coaches, players, alumni and fans as he announced his decision at the Kohl Center. He
recounted many of the highlights of his coaching career with the Badgers -- a tenure that makes him the winningest coach in the school's history.
Alvarez was hired to turn around a program that had only five winning seasons in the 27 years before he came onboard. The Badgers failed to break the .500 mark in his first three years before Alvarez led Wisconsin to its first Rose Bowl since 1963.
He's led the Badgers to a 108-70-4 record over 15 seasons. His 7-3 record in bowl games includes three Rose Bowl wins.
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