Since being hired as the head coach at Wisconsin, Bo Ryan has elevated the program to heights previously unseen in Madison. In 2014, Ryan and the Badgers climbed even higher, reaching the program's first Final Four since 2000 and winning 30 games for just the third time in school history.
With over 700 wins, 17 championships and countless conference and national coach of the year accolades, there is little doubt that Ryan is among the great coaches in college basketball history.
Now as Ryan enters his 31st season as a head coach in 2014-15 - his 14th atop the Wisconsin program - it's difficult to decide which is more impressive, his incredible longevity or his unparalleled success. It is, however, safe to say that the combination of the two is what elevates Ryan among college basketball's elite.
Owning the most wins in UW annals (321 entering 2014-15), Ryan became the 40th NCAA coach to reach the 700-win plateau and is one of just five active Division I coaches to reach that hallowed ground. Ryan's career winning percentage of .759 (704-224) is seventh all-time among coaches with 700 career wins. Among Div. I coaches in the 700-win club, Ryan's win percentage trails only John Wooden, Roy Williams, Jerry Tarkanian, Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski.
A member of five Halls of Fame, Ryan has been enshrined into the Wilkes College Athletic Hall of Fame (2003), the Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (2008), the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (2011), the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2011) and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame (2012).
John Anderson is an anchor on the Emmy-award winning daily studio showSportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship sports news program and co-host of Wipeout on ABC, an extreme obstacle-course series on the network.
Anderson joined ESPN in June 1999 as an ESPNEWS anchor and came to ESPN from KPHO-TV in Phoenix, Ariz. where he was a weekend sports anchor from 1996 to 1999. Prior to KPHO, Anderson was a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor at KOTV in Tulsa, Okla. (1990 to 1996), and a sports photographer and reporter at Tulsa’s KTUL-TV from 1988 to 1990. Anderson began his broadcasting career at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo.
Anderson was graduated from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism with a bachelor’s degree in 1987. He was a four-year member of the men’s track team, competing in high jump, and captained the squad his senior season. In 2007 he was honored with the Mizzou Faculty-Alumni Award for his contributions to the University, including an ESPN/Missouri internship for one journalism student that he began in 2003.
Anderson, a native of Green Bay, Wis., won the Outstanding Sports Feature Reporting Award, presented by the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, in 1994 and 1995; in 1997, he received the Associated Press Television Award in Arizona for outstanding performance in broadcast journalism. In 2003, he co-wrote a book with golfer Chi Chi Rodriquez,Chi Chi’s Golf Games You Gotta Play, which teaches players how to play better golf and have fun while playing. In the fall of 2009, Anderson and his wife started the Anderson Family Charitable Foundation to help supply underprivileged youth with backpacks, schools supplies and food. In November 2010, Anderson competed in the NYC Marathon as Captain of Team Tillman in honor of raising money for the Pat Tillman Foundation.
As a professional golfer and course reporter, Kratzert has participated in the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. He has won four PGA tours events in his career. He won the Walt Disney World National Team Championship, Sammy Davis Jr. – Greater Hartford Open, Greater Milwaukee Open and Pensacola Open. He spent most of his youth in Indiana and was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in 1993. Since he turned 50, he started on the Champion Tour. He also is a course reporter for several media outlets suchas CBS Sports, ESPN, Turner Sports and has his own show on the Golf Channel called “On the Range."
Sports broadcasting veteran Terry Gannon joined Golf Channel in 2010 as a member of the network’s live tournaments team, serving as play-by-play host for its PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour tournament coverage. Prior to joining Golf Channel, Gannon worked as a sports commentator for ABC Sports and ESPN covering golf, college basketball, college football, World Cup soccer and the WNBA. He is a three-time host of the Tour de France and the Little League World Series, the voice of ABC’s figure skating coverage and worked on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, including the Olympic Games. Gannon began his career as a college basketball analyst for Raycom Media and Jefferson-Pilot Communications.
Gannon was a member of North Carolina State University's 1983 National Championship basketball team and a two-time Academic All-American player. He resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with his family
Sherri Steinhauer currently plays on the LPGA Tour and on the Legends Tour. A Madison native, she attended the University of Texas-Austin. Her rookie season on the LPGA Tour was 1986. She has won eight tournaments on the Tour, including two major championships, the 1992 du Maurier Classic and 2006 Women's British Open. She also won the British Open in 1998 and 1999 before it became an LPGA major. Steinhauer was one of two assistant captains for the United States 2011 Solheim Cup team.
Vetter is a UW Badgers women's hockey team three-time NCAA Champion alum. She has gone on to win silver medals in the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games. During her time as a Badger, she recorded a shutout streak that reached 448 minutes and 32 seconds – the longest not only in NCAA women’s hockey history but also in men’s history. She was the first ice hockey player to be named the Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation in 2009. That same year, she was honored with the Patty Kazmaier Award Winner (given to NCAA's best women's hockey player) and the Bob Allen Award Winner ( USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year). She Grew up in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin and excelled in both hockey and soccer.
Coach Bob Knight, nicknamed "The General", has won 902 NCAA Division I men's college basketball games, more than any other head coach. He was most recently the head men's basketball coach at Texas Tech before announcing his retirement in February 2008. He was previously the head coach at Indiana University and at the United State Military Academy at West Point.
From 1971–2000, Knight coached the Indiana Hoosiers, where he led his teams to three NCAA championships, one National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship, and eleven Big Ten Conference championships. He received the National Coach of the Year honor four times and the Big Ten Coach of the Year honor six times In 1984, he coached the USA Men's Olympic team to a gold medal, becoming one of only three basketball coaches to win an NCAA title, NIT title, and an Olympic gold medal.