Krabbenhoft comes back to UW as assistant coach

Krabbenhoft comes back to UW as assistant coach
Joe Krabbenhoft #45 of the Wisconsin Badgers is introduced before a game against the Purdue Boilermakers on January 27, 2009 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Purdue defeated Wisconsin 64-63. 

University of Wisconsin head basketball coach Greg Gard is welcoming a popular former Badger to join his coaching staff next year. is reporting that former Badger star Joe Krabbenhoft has agreed to join Gard’s staff as an assistant coach next year.

“I am absolutely thrilled and thankful for the opportunity to return to Wisconsin,” Krabbenhoft told “It really is a dream come true for me and my family. I’ve had conversations with coach Gard about becoming a coach ever since my playing days. I’ve watched him work as a player, as a staff member and from afar now that he has become a head coach and I’ve always been impressed with him.”

Krabbenhoft played for the Badgers from 2005 to 2009. He has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at South Dakota State. Krabbenhoft  also served as a video coordinator on former coach Bo Ryan’s staff in 2012-2013.

“I’m really excited to welcome Joe back to our staff. In terms of what I was looking for, he fits every criteria,” Gard told “Having known him since his sophomore year of high school, this is the third time I’ve recruited him — as a player, video coordinator and now assistant coach. He checks all the boxes in terms of knowledge of the program, mind for the game, work ethic that’s second to none, experience as an assistant at South Dakota State and how well connected he is in areas that we want to stay active.”

Krabbenhoft played in 136 career games and started 70 games for UW. He was on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2006 and was placed on the All-Big Ten Defensive Team in 2008.

Krabbenhoft played in the NBA Summer League and professionally in Spain, Greece and Korea before returning to America in 2012 to begin coaching.