Barry Alvarez 2008


Barry Alvarez


Barry Alvarez is now in his fourth year as Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin and second without the additional title of head football coach. Alvarez served as A.D. and football coach from 2004-05.

Alvarez guided Wisconsin’s football fortunes for 16 seasons (1990-2005). He has been at the forefront of the revival of the Badger athletic program during his entire tenure in Madison. He piloted Wisconsin to three Big Ten and Rose Bowl titles (including back-to-back in 1998-99) en route to becoming the winningest football coach in school history (118-73-4 record).

Alvarez was just the 10th coach in Big Ten history to win 100 games at one conference institution. His 8-3 (.727) record in bowl games with the Badgers is the best in college football history (among coaches with at least 11 bowl appearances). The 2004 AFCA Region 3 Coach of the Year, he also was the 1993 national coach of the year, a two-time (1993 and 1998) Big Ten coach of the year and a finalist for ESPN’s coach of the decade (1990s) honor.

Alvarez is a 1969 graduate of the University of Nebraska, where he played linebacker and went on to earn his master’s degree. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater in 2003. Alvarez and his wife, Cindy, are co-campaign chairs in the effort to bring a Gilda’s Club (a free support center for families dealing with cancer) to Madison. In addition, Alvarez serves on the Board of Directors of the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

Alvarez and his wife are the parents of three grown children (daughters Dawn (Mrs. Brad Ferguson) and Stacy (Mrs. Mike Delzer); son Chad). Barry and Cindy are grandparents to Joe and Jake Ferguson; Grace and Jackson Delzer; and Scarlett and Barry John Thomas Alvarez.

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