Badgers’ Bo Ryan named Big Ten coach of the year
After a 12-6 season with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badger’s basketball team, the Big Ten coaches have named Bo Ryan the league’s coach of the year.
“Needless to say I am quite honored,” Ryan said at the Big Ten Network’s all-conference selection show.
Despite being named the league’s coach of the year, Ryan’s team played without point guard Josh Gasser due to a knee injury and finished top four in the Big Ten, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Ryan expressed how hard his team fought despite the Big Ten being filled with strong teams such as Indiana, Michigan, and Michigan State. “Our guys fought through a lot of things, things I’ve never seen happen before. It was just really nice to see the way they came together,” he said.
Senior forward Jared Berggren lead the Big Ten in block shots and as a member of the coaches’ all-defensive team, Berggren said that what coach Ryan does is just business, according to Madison Sports.
“For him, it’s just kind of business as usual,” Berggren said. “I’ve had a chance to be around him for five years now, and he really approaches every day the same, whether it’s coming off a win or a loss or it’s a practice in October.”
The Badgers received the fourth seed for the Big Ten tournament and will be competing in a league where teams have great coaches and players.
“To win a championship in a league like this is obviously quite an accomplishment,” Ryan said. “You have to give every coach in this league a lot of credit because there was never a night off.”