–submitted by Bob Dinndorf; photo by John Bonsett-Veal
“Losing to Maryland, a number 5 team in the country, on a 28 foot shot by an All-American with a defender in his face is not adversity.” Coach Greg Gard used this statement to help his players and fans gain a sense of proportion about the game of basketball versus life.
Gard was named head coach at UW-Madison on March 7, 2016, and is in his 15th season on the Badgers basketball staff, serving as the team’s associate head coach since July 2008.
As associate head coach, Gard served as the Badgers’ recruiting coordinator in addition to on-floor coaching duties, opponent scouting and game preparation and the constructing of future game schedules. He also served as the director of the Badger Boys Basketball Summer Camps.
Gard came to the Badgers after spending the previous two seasons as Bo Ryan’s assistant at UW-Milwaukee. Previously, Gard served as an assistant to Coach Ryan at UW-Platteville from 1993-99. Coach Gard began his career at Southwestern and Platteville High Schools.
Well educated for this job, Coach Gard is a 1995 graduate of UW-Platteville with a degree in physical and health education. He earned a Master’s degree in counselor education from UW-Platteville in 2007.
Coach Gard was joined by his wife, Michelle, at the meeting. He was lavish in his praise for her support as he has made his way through these past sixteen years. His young family enriches the perspective he is able to bring to his work helping young men develop their potential as players and as people. He was thoughtful and reflective answering questions from club members. Coach Gard enjoys the public relations side of the job, describing the visit by Barneveld first graders to the Kohl Center in the morning of the Rotary meeting as well as other appearances he has made throughout the state. As a native of Cobb, Wisconsin, Coach Gard said he will not lose sight of the roots of Wisconsin, its people and our midwest region. Badger basketball is in good hands.
Did you miss our meeting this week? Watch the video here.