Bo Ryan: It wasn’t just a “boom” decision.

PHOTOS: The many faces of Bo Ryan

Tuesday at Nicholas Johnson Pavilion, Bo Ryan addressed the media for the first time since Monday’s announcement that he’d coach just one more season at UW. 

The UW men’s basketball coach spoke candidly about his decision to retire. Ryan pointed to the increased demands of modern day college basketball coaches. 

“It is so consuming now with your time, with camps, with speaking.”

Ryan also said that he spoke with former coaches who envy the fact that Ryan can retire on his own terms.

“How many coaches can do this without getting pushed out, or asked, or getting a little push from people?”

Ryan has coached UW men’s basketball for 14 seasons. During his tenure, the Badgers have reached the NCAA Tournament every year, advancing to the Final Four in 2014 and 2015. Aside from wins and losses, Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez says it’s Ryan’s off-the-court results that impress him most. 

“It makes me proud- the way the players handle themselves and the university, the alumni, and the fans. That’s all because he demands that.”

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