The Alvarez Era

Here are a few of the accomplishments of his tenure …

· Coached three Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship teams.

· Only Big Ten coach in history to win consecutive Rose Bowls and one of just two coaches (Ohio State’s Woody Hayes is the other) to win at least three Rose Bowl games.

· Became just the 10th coach in league history with at least 100 wins at one conference institution.

· Coached five national award winners, including Ron Dayne (Heisman Trophy, Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards), Jamar Fletcher (Jim Thorpe Award) and Kevin Stemke (Ray Guy Award).

· Led UW to the three winningest (11 in 1998 and 10 in 1993 and 1999) seasons in the history of the school.

· Registered a 7-3 bowl record.

Following is a list of accomplishments, notes and items of interest on Barry Alvarez …

• Coached nine first-round NFL draft choices (Troy Vincent, Aaron Gibson,

Ron Dayne, Chris McIntosh, Jamar Fletcher, Michael Bennett, Wendell Bryant, Lee Evans and Erasmus James) at UW.

• Coached 54 NFL draft choices at Wisconsin.

• Coached 30 All-Americans, including seven consensus first-team choices, at Wisconsin.

• Coached 59 first-team All-Big Ten selections at Wisconsin.

• Coached 108 Academic All-Big Ten selections at Wisconsin.

• Big Ten-record 10 straight seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher (1993-2002).

• Four Big Ten Defensive Players of the Year.

• Two Big Ten MVPs.

• Two Big Ten Offensive Players of the Year.

• Three Big Ten Freshmen of the Year.

• Three Big Ten and Rose Bowl

championship teams (the only other Big Ten coach with at least three Rose Bowl wins was Ohio State’s Woody Hayes).

• Ten bowl qualifiers.

• Has coached or played in 21 bowl games (at Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Iowa and Nebraska).

• Has been a head coach in the 1995 Blue-Gray Game, 1996 East-West Shrine game, 2000 Hula Bowl and 2004 Florida Gridiron Classic.

• Alvarez received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Nebraska in May of 2003.

• Barry was inducted into the Washington County (Pa.) chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

• Alvarez and his wife, Cindy, endowed a football scholarship at the UW in the spring of 2000. “I thought it was a small way for me to say thanks to the UW-Madison,” Alvarez said of his quarter-million dollar contribution to the school’s foundation.

• Alvarez set a goal to become a collegiate head coach by his 42nd birthday and was named to the Wisconsin post three days after he turned 42.

• Alvarez added administrative duties to his job description in 2000 when he was named Associate Athletic Director. He became Wisconsin’s Director of Athletics in April 2004, operating in a dual role as football coach as well.

• Alvarez grew up in a small mining town (Langeloth) in western Pennsylvania. He played all sports as a kid and idolized former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente.

• Babcock Hall, which houses the UW-Madison’s nationally acclaimed dairy school, developed an ice cream flavor in honor of the Badger head coach in 1994. It was named Berry Alvarez, and the flavor was a mixture of raspberry, strawberry and blueberry.

• Alvarez, a big baseball fan, helped honor former Chicago Cubs’ announcer Harry Caray by singing “Take me out to the ballgame” during a seventh-inning stretch in May of 1999.

• Alvarez was a finalist for ESPN’s College Football Coach of the Decade Award in 1999. He was one of 18 coaches named to a new position in 1990 and is the only one still at the school that hired him.

• Barry Alvarez got his college coaching start with Hayden Fry at Iowa in 1979, one season after leading Mason City High School to the 4A state championship. One of the staffs of which Alvarez was a member featured six men who went on to lead their own college programs: Alvarez; Kirk Ferentz, Iowa; Dan McCarney, Iowa State; Del Miller, former SW Missouri State; Don Patterson, Western Illinois; Bill Snyder, Kansas State.

• Alvarez was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business in October of 2001.

• Numerous former Alvarez assistants at Wisconsin have gone on to success on the professional level, among them Bill Callahan (former Oakland Raiders head coach, now head coach of Nebraska), Brad Childress (Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator), Jay Hayes (Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach), Jay Norvell (former Oakland Raiders tight ends coach, now offensive coordinator at Nebraska, and Kevin Cosgrove, now defensive coordinator at Nebraska).

Courtesy: UW Sports Information Dept.


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