Barry Davis resigns as head wrestling coach

Originally appeared on Wisconsin.Talking10.com 3/5/18

Wisconsin wrestling head coach Barry Davis is stepping down at the end of the season.

That announcement came from the UW Athletic Department early Monday afternoon, just hours after the Badgers advanced seven of their 10 wrestlers to the 2018 NCAA Division I National Championships.

The move reportedly comes after a recent meeting between Davis and athletic director Barry Alvarez.

Davis, who has been the head coach at Wisconsin for the last 25 seasons, will remain onboard through the end of next week’s NCAA Tournament.

During his tenure, Davis has coached 26 All-Americans and three NCAA champions. He is the winningest coach in program history, sporting a career dual meet record of 234-172-11. This season, Davis guided the Badgers to a 7-5 dual record and a 4-5 mark in the Big Ten.

The veteran head coach reportedly met with the team this morning to inform them of the circumstances.

A timeline on the search for Davis’ replacement has not been announced. But a UW official confirmed that a national search will take place.

Associate head coach Trevor Brandvold and assistant coach Kyle Ruschell will remain on staff through the end of the spring semester to aid in the transition process.

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