Ryan also supplanted Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Walter Meanwell as the school's leader in conference wins (172).Prior to Ryan's arrival in Madison, Wisconsin had never won more than 22 games in a season.Compiling over 740 wins, 19 championships and countless conference and national coach of the year accolades, there is little doubt that Ryan is among the greatest coaches in college basketball history.
Ryan led the Badgers to their first Big Ten tournament title in 2004.
In 2008, Ryan and UW doubled up, winning the regular-season and tournament crowns in the same season for the first time in school history.
POSTSEASON PROMINENCE Wisconsin's back-to-back runs to the 20 Final Fours were the pinnacle of Ryan’s postseason achievements in his career.
The winner of four Division III national championships at UW-Platteville, he has also guided the Badgers to the NCAA tournament in each of his 14 full seasons.
While at the helm in Madison, Ryan unquestionably established himself and the program among the most prestigious in college basketball. (215-25) at home • 7 Big Ten titles • The 11 winningest seasons in UW history • 6 players with AP All-America recognition • 14 NCAA tournaments, 7 Sweet 16s, 3 Elite Eights, 2 Final Fours and 1 national championship game.
Presiding over what is arguably the most successful stretch of basketball in Wisconsin history, Ryan's teams owned: • A .737 win pct. Over the final two full seasons of his coaching career, Ryan guided the Badgers to back-to-back Final Fours -- including the team's first appearance in the national championship game since 1941.
In 2010, Ryan earned his 100th Big Ten win, tying legendary Indiana coach Branch Mc Cracken as the second-fastest coach in conference history to record 100 Big Ten wins, doing so in 140 games. In 2002, Ryan's first season, Wisconsin earned a share of the Big Ten title for the first time since 1947.
The next year, UW won the title outright, securing back-to-back championships for the first time since 19.
Among active NCAA tourney streaks, UW's 14 straight under Ryan stands as the fourth-longest in the nation for a coach at one school (Duke 20, Michigan State 18 and Gonzaga 16).
UW advanced to the Sweet 16 in four of Ryan’s final five full seasons.
Prior to his arrival in 2001, UW had reached double digit conference wins just 11 times, and only three times since 1941.