Wisconsin removes head coach Greg Gard’s interim tag

Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP

According to a report Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez has identified the man he believes to be the best fit to run the Wisconsin men’s basketball program moving forward: Greg Gard.

It was reported by the Wisconsin State Journal Monday afternoon that Gard will be officially introduced as the head coach Tuesday, with the school’s Board of Trustees meeting Monday night to approve the move. Monday night, the school made the news that Gard would be the head coach official. Gard was a longtime assistant under Bo Ryan, who announced his retirement following a win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi December 15.

Gard took over in an interim role at that point, and after a 1-4 start to Big Ten play the Badgers turned things around in a big way. Wisconsin won 11 of its final 13 Big Ten games, and as the interim head coach Gard put together an overall record of 13-6. The move made by the school to make the listing for the position public a couple weeks ago was seen as a positive sign for Gard, and that appears to have been the case.

The official start date for the job in the posting was March 8, which is Tuesday.