Records: Bartender, teacher, salesman applied for Chryst’s job

46 applicants sent 278 pages of resume information to AD Barry Alvarez
Barry alvarez with coach chryst
UW head football coach Paul Chryst and UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez

What do a Milwaukee bartender, a Florida commercial aircraft parts salesman, a Washington real estate agent, a Baltimore special education teacher and Paul Chryst have in common?

They all applied to become the next head football coach at the University of Wisconsin.

An open records request to the university’s athletics department revealed 46 applicants sent in 278 pages of resumes, coaching philosophies and references to Athletic Director Barry Alvarez for the position that Chryst received on Dec. 17. State law allows candidates to remain confidential if they ask for that in writing.

Among the football coaches who applied for the position were current defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, Brigham Young University head coach Bronco Mendenhall and former Army head coach Richard Ellerson.

Others, however, some may argue are not as qualified.

For example, there is the application from finance professional Greg Miller in Racine.

In his letter to Alvarez, he states that he “coached successful back-to-back Division I National Champions on the Playstation in 1995 and 1996, respectively.” He also wrote that he gets along with all types of diverse ethnic groups including “persons from Minnesota.”

His resume starts with the sentence, “Hi, my name is Greg. I’m unemployed and I live with my parents.”

Justin Dodge, who runs the Safari the Globe travel company in Mequon, filled out the application stating his career objective was to “look great in coach’s sideline attire” and described himself as a “superb yeller” and a “Strong believer in #karma.”

Eric Victor, who recently completed his Ph.D in Inorganic Chemistry from M.I.T. after graduating from UW-Madison in 2009, said his experience included coaching his “little brother in the sport of soccer, which led him to excel at his craft and be recruited by a top-tier youth development program in Germany; however, due to personal motivation problems on his part, he decided to quit and is now a tech sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.”

Chryst let the university know of his interest in a straightforward three-sentence letter dated Dec. 12 two days after former UW coach Gary Andersen left for Oregon State.

“This is my expression of interest in the position of Head Football Coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,” he wrote. “My resume is attached. Thanks for your attention to this matter.”