» Barry Alvarez Football Coach

Posted On: May 7, 2014
Barry Alvarez was born on 30th December, 1946 in Langeloth, Pennsylvania. He is a football coach. At the University of Wisconsin he is presently the Director of Athletics. He has worked at Wisconsin as the head coach of football from 1990 to 2005 for 16 seasons. He is the longest head coach and most wins in Badgers football history. After the 2005 season, Alvarez left the job of head coach and stay as athletics director. In December 2012, his successor, Bret Bielema went to University of Arkansas for head coaching, so Alvarez became interim head coach and he managed his team in 2013 Rose Bowl. As a coach, Alvarez was admitted to the Hall of Fame of College Football in 2010.

Barry Alvarez grew up in Langeloth, Pennsylvania. His family history shows that they are the immigrant of Northern Spain. He has attended Burgettstown Union High School which is located in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. He did his graduation from the University of Nebraska where he used to play as a linebacker from 1966-68 under the coach Bob Devaney. Later Alvarez became Lexington High School’s head coach which is located in Lexington, Nebraska. He also became the head coach of Mason City High School which is in Mason City, Iowa. At the University of Iowa he became an assistant coach and then he became the assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame.

Alvarez became the Wisconsin Badgers’ head coach in 1990. During his time, the Wisconsin Badgers won three Rose Bowls in 1994, 1999 & 2000. Alvarez also took the Badgers to eleven bowl games. In 1999, his team won first Big 10 championship in 37 years. Alvarez completed his coaching profession at Wisconsin in the 2006 Capital One Bowl by winning over the Auburn Tigers, making him the most successful coach in history of the school. He is the one and only Big 10 coach to win back to back Rose Bowls. On 5th December, 2012, Bret Bielema announced to media that the interim coach would be Alvarez for Badgers in Rose Bowl of 2013. In 2004, Pat Richter was replaced by Alvarez as athletic director while being a head coach as well. After the season of 2005, Alvarez left head coach position. Alvarez has chosen Bret Bielema as his successor. At the 2006-2007 bowl season, Alvarez served as an analyst and color commentator for Fox Sports.

Alvarez has received Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award and AFCA Coach of the Year in 1993. He was honored with the Big 10 Conference Coach of the year in 1993 as well as in 1998. In 1994, University of Wisconsin’s Babcock Dairy Store named the ice cream flavor in his name called “Berry Alvarez”, in his honor. Hispanic Business Magazine in 2001 announced “100 Most Influential Hispanics” and Alvarez was one of them. On 13th October, 2006, Alvarez’ bronze statue was unveiled in the Camp Randall Stadium. In 2009, he was included into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame and Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. On 27th May, 2010, it was revealed that Alvarez was included into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Barry Alvarez wife’s name is Cindy. The couple has two daughters, Stacy and Dawn, and one son, Chad and six grandchildren. According to jsonline.com, Barry Alvarez’s salary ranks 4th highest among the one hundred twenty-four football Subdivision schools. With an estimated salary of $1,230,000, he might be the owner of large amount of net worth. He is a happily married man and there is no news about his divorce. His inspiring quotes can be searched in internet. More detail about his bio can be found in wiki.