Cedar Rapids, Iowa native Barry Davis is stepping down from the helm at Wisconsin. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Davis spent 25 years coaching the Badgers. Below is the press release issued by the Wisconsin Athletic Communications department.
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin wrestling coach Barry Davis resigned on Monday, ending his 25-year tenure as the Badgers’ head coach. Davis will coach the Badgers through the NCAA Championships on March 15-17.
“I want to thank Barry for all he’s done for Wisconsin wrestling throughout his time here,” Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. “I’ve known Barry for a long time, back to my days as an assistant coach at Iowa and he is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. He has left an indelible mark on Wisconsin wrestling.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wisconsin,” Davis said. “I’ve worked with lots of great people and many tremendous student-athletes. This University will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Davis, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, coached 26 All-Americans, eight Big Ten champions and three NCAA champions while at Wisconsin. He was named NWCA National Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading UW to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships.
Davis is Wisconsin’s all-time winningest coach and led the Badgers to 15 top-20 finishes at the NCAA championships.
Prior to being named the head coach at Wisconsin, Davis spent seven years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Iowa. While a student at Iowa, Davis won four Big Ten titles, earned All-America honors all four years and won three NCAA Championships. A two-time Olympian, he won a Silver Medal at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.