Coach of the Decade

first_imgHead coach Bo Ryan has led the men\’s basketball team to the Big Dance every year since he started.[/media-credit]When Dick Bennett retired in 2001, UW needed to find a coach who could build on the success of the Final Four run the Badgers enjoyed to start the decade. Wisconsin needed to find a coach who could keep UW in the field of 65 and at the top of the Big Ten.The eventual choice was Bo Ryan, and he has done all that and more.Ryan came to UW with a swing offense and a passion for team defense, two attributes that allowed him to win four national championships at the Division-III level. But everyone in Madison still wondered if his style would work in the Big Ten.In his first season, Ryan and his players put all the wondering to rest as UW shared the Big Ten title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In the next seven years under Ryan, the Badgers won two more Big Ten titles and have never been absent from the NCAA Tournament.Ryan has been the model of consistency here at UW.The Badgers have never finished worse than fourth in the Big Ten standings with him at the helm, a remarkable feat for a basketball program that was never seen as a perennial powerhouse. His remarkable .707 conference winning percentage is a mark that ranks first all-time among Big Ten coaches ahead of Bobby Knight, who ranks second.Each year, regardless of the names on his depth chart, Ryan has found ways to win.We have seen great players come through this program, but we have come to learn it’s never about the individuals with Ryan running the show. It’s his core principles that carry over and breed success each year.In 2007, after stars Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor graduated, not much was expected from UW. They went on to win a conference championship.In 2008, after Brian Butch and Michael Flowers left, UW was once again counted out. Under the direction of Ryan, the Badgers proved the doubters wrong once again, advancing to the second round of the tournament.With Ryan as head coach, players progress and improve, and that has made his teams competitive year after year. He preaches discipline and toughness, and those characteristics alone have always given his team a chance to win.But more importantly, he’s found talent that fits his system, and it’s a system that has made UW one of the most consistent college basketball programs in the country.Honorable mentions: Mark Johnson, Barry Alvarez, Mike Eaves, Pete WaiteSelecting one coach from the many excellent choices at the University of Wisconsin was tough, and in the end, it came down to Ryan and Johnson. From there, the sheer amount of competition in men’s basketball compared to women’s hockey gives Ryan the edge.last_img read more

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NPFL: MFM FC’s Teenage Striker, Waheed, Puts Pillars to the Sword…

first_imgRESULTSRangers                1-1 TornadoesPlateau Utd           2-1 Abia WarriorsEnyimba               2-1 NasarawaWikki                    3-1 IfeanyiUbahKatsina Utd           1-1 Akwa UtdGombe Utd            2-0 SunshineMFM FC                 1-0 Kano PillarsRemo                    2-0 El KanemiRivers Utd             0-0 LobiABS FC                  2-0 Shooting A sublime header from teenage striker Adebayo Waheed was just enough for Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club to secure their third home win of the season against Kano Pillars in one of yesterday’s fixtures of Match-day 5 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) decided at the Agege Township Stadium.It was indeed a tough encounter for Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men. The visitors dominated possession in the early stage of the exchange but MFM defenders gave good account of themselves with great level of composure.MFM FC mounted pressure on the visitors’ defence in the 8th minute with Onuwa Chukwuka, Sikiru Olatunbosun and Stephen Odey troubling the Sai Masu Gida defenders.The Olukoya Boys had a chance to register the first goal of the game in the 16th minute of the encounter when Adekunle Adegboyega low shot beat Pillars goalkeeper but Chinedu Udoji stopped the forward from scoring his second goal of the season with a timely goalline clearance.Former Ikorodu United attacker Kabir Balogun tested MFM FC goalkeeper Ospino Egbe in the 36th minute of the game with a ferocious shot but the former Bayelsa United goaltender pulled a lovely save. First half ended goalless for both teams.Ilechukwu’s men came out like a house on fire in the second half of the game. Onuwa set Odey up with a beautiful pass the latter dribbled past his markers but his last attempt on the ball went inches wide.Four minutes after Odey’s attempt at goal, MFM FC boss made his first substitution of the game replacing Adekunle with 18-year-old striker Adebayo Waheed.The teenager made his impact felt five minutes after his introduction scoring his side’s only goal of the game in his first NPFL appearance with a brilliant header after connecting a cross from Stanley Okorom. The game ended with the Lagos-based team claiming another home victory.The Olukoya Boys who moved from 3rd position to 2nd on the NPFL log with 10 points from a possible 15 will travel to Akure for a date with Sunshine Stars on Sunday in an encounter tagged ‘South-west Derby.’At the Gateway International Stadium in Sagamu, Remo Stars FC shook off the tensions of a newcomer to spank old war horse, El Kanemi Warriors, 2-0 to harvest maximum points in the NPFL match day five clash.The hosts left no room for guesses as they drew first blood with an early goal that left the visitors from Maiduguri in shock when Onuoha Chukwujekwu blasted in from close range a rebound from goal rush in two minutes of the whistle.All efforts by the Ladan Bosso boys to level up in the first half were effectively voided by the determined defence of the hosts to keep their lead into the break.Thunder however struck a second time as Remo scored again just three minutes into the second half when Oche Salefu curled in a free kick from the edge of the box to double the lead.Disappointed El Kanemi coach, Ladan Bosso, has been left to wonder how his boys couldn’t manage the critical times of the game.For Remo Stars coach, Nduka Ugbade, it is all coming together gradually for the team and he believes they will surely stabilise into a force in the elite league.“Analysis have shown that we are about the only team that has scored in every match, home or away, win or lose. That is good. It means we have some element and we will continue to sharpen our form.”In Port Harcourt, Rivers United fired blanks against a spirited Lobi Stars side in a largely uninspiring 0-0 draw. Rivers United slipped from second to fifth with nine points from five matches as a result of the draw while Lobi Stars now occupies tenth spot on the NPFL log with seven points from their opening five fixtures.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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CONFIRMED: Middlesbrough sign former Manchester United defender

first_imgMiddlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has made Cardiff full-back Fabio da Silva his 10th summer signing.The 26-year-old has signed a two-year deal after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £2million. The move was announced on Boro’s official website.Fabio – the twin brother of Lyon’s Rafael – has made more than 100 senior appearances in English football, with Manchester United, QPR and Cardiff. 1 Fabio da Silva in action for Cardiff last_img

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