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Athletic Board approves contract extension for Greg Gard, other Wisconsin Badgers coaches

April 20, 2018

Four head coaches of University of Wisconsin winter sports had contract extensions approved Friday by the UW Athletic Board.

Greg Gard (men’s basketball), Jonathan Tsipis (women’s basketball), Tony Granato (men’s hockey) and Mark Johnson (women’s hockey) had the expiration dates of their five-year contracts moved back to the end of the 2022-23 season.

Three of the coaches had losing seasons with the Badgers in 2017-18.

In Gard’s second full season since taking over for Bo Ryan midway through the 2015-16 season, men’s basketball had its first under-.500 record (15-18) in 20 years.

Yet Gard, who made $2.25 million in 2017-18, got a midseason thumbs-up from athletic director Barry Alvarez.

“I feel great about Greg,” Alvarez told the Wisconsin State Journal in February.

Tsipis’ women’s basketball team was 9-21 and 2-14 in the Big Ten Conference for a 13th-place finish.

Tsipis is two years into a rebuild of a program that has suffered seven straight losing seasons.

Granato also completed his second season with the Badgers, with men’s hockey going from five games over .500 in 2016-17 to five games under (14-19-4) last season.

The Badgers women’s hockey team, meanwhile, continued to reach the top level of its sport. In Johnson’s 15th season, UW qualified for the Frozen Four for the fifth straight year, the longest active streak in Division I women’s college hockey and second-longest ever.

Two other Badgers winter sports have experienced change at the top of the program.

In the last two months, UW parted ways with wrestling coach Barry Davis and swimming and diving coach Whitney Hite with two seasons remaining on each’s contract.

The Badgers hired Chris Bono to lead wrestling and Yuri Suguiyama for swimming and diving. Contract details for both have not yet been released in response to open records requests.

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