On Monday afternoon, multiple reports surfaced that the University of Wisconsin would be formally introducing interim head coach Greg Gard as the program's head coach in the coming days. For weeks, many had speculated that Gard would eventually lose the interim title and it now looks as if that speculation as well founded.
Gard took over for Wisconsin as interim head coach earlier this season when longtime head coach Bo Ryan surprisingly announced his retirement in December following Wisconsin's home win over Texas A&M Corpus Christian. Ryan was arguably the most successful Wisconsin basketball head coach in program history and strongly recommended Gard for the position before stepping down.
Since taking over, Gard has led one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the country as the Badgers have improved from an underwhelming 7-5 to 20-11 overall and solidly in the NCAA Tournament field. Notably, Wisconsin went on an incredible run during Big Ten play where the team won 11 of 12 games, including wins over Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State.
Before taking the interim position, Gard served as an assistant coach at Wisconsin from 2001 through 2015 and was an assistant at Milwaukee and Wisconsin-Platteville among other places. Most notably, he is widely considered to have been one of the biggest factors in Wisconsin's recruiting efforts that led to the program's back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2014 and 2015.
It will certainly be interesting to follow Gard and Wisconsin heading forward and given the results this year, it's not hard to think that the program is moving in the right direction.