UW posts job opening for men’s basketball coach

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Head Coach Greg Gard

Interim UW basketball head coach Greg Gard may have a chance to remove the interim label from his title very soon.

The UW athletic department has posted an opening for the men’s basketball coaching position, asking for all applications to be in by March 3.

The athletic department said now was the right time to start the search for a permanent replacement.

“If you wait until everyone is done playing, you may not have as many options to choose from, because there will be x number of schools out there doing the same thing,” said Justin Doherty, UW’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations.

Greg Gard has held the coaching position on an interim basis since Dec. 16, when longtime coach Bo Ryan retired.

After a slow 2-4 start under Gard, the basketball team has since won 9 of the past 10 games, including upset wins over #2 Maryland and #8 Iowa on the road.

Many basketball critics have called for athletic director Barry Alvarez to give Gard the job on a full-time basis.

Alvarez has complimented Gard on his performance, but said his hands were tied by the University of Wisconsin hiring practices.

The anticipated start date on the application is listed as March 8, which happens to be the day before the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.

But Doherty said people shouldn’t read too much into that date.

“The earliest someone could start is 5 days after the posting date,” said Doherty.