After 14 seasons of serving as the head coach for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, Bo Ryan has decided his 15th season will be his last, per a statement released by UW officials Monday afternoon.In his career at Wisconsin, Ryan has posted a record of 357-125, won four Big Ten regular season championships, three Big Ten tournament championships and made it to 14 NCAA tournaments in 14 seasons.He has been most successful in the last two seasons, as he led the program to consecutive Final Four appearances, which included a trip to the national championship game in April for the first time since 1941. Overall, Ryan has advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times and the Elite Eight three times. Statement from #Badgers head coach Bo Ryan pic.twitter.com/pVSeO5eATC— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) June 29, 2015Ryan’s final season at UW won’t be as easy as recent years, with four starters – Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson – from last year’s national runner-up team who will not be returning. But, two potential all-Big Ten selections, Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, will be back, which was part of the reason Ryan decided to return for one more season, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.One source close to Wisconsin program was surprised that Bo Ryan didn’t announce his retirement immediately instead of coaching this year.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 29, 2015 One source close to program told ESPN that he feels like Bo Ryan decided to coach one more season due to loyalty to Nigel & Bronson Koenig.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 29, 2015Ryan has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year four times, with the most recent coming this past year when he led the Badgers to a 16-2 conference record.In his college coaching career, Ryan has amassed a 740-228 record dating back to 1984 when he took his first college head coaching job at Division III UW-Platteville. Ryan went on to win four national championships at UW-Platteville before making the jump to Division I to coach UW-Milwaukee from 1999-2001.According to the statement, Ryan’s hope is that associate head coach Greg Gard will fill his shoes following his retirement.Gard is already second-in-command of the program.He has been assistant to Ryan since 1993 when they coached at UW-Platteville and later at UW-Milwaukee, before both joining the Wisconsin coaching staff in 2003. Their career history largely lead to Gard’s promotion to associate head coach before the 2008 season.
With no professional hockey taking place anywhere in North America, Bauer was looking at different ways to help cope with the sudden drop in demand. The idea for medical masks was first proposed by research and development specialists during a conference last week. MORE: NHL postpones scouting combines, NHL Awards and NHL Draft”We had several options, but the option of designing visors was the best,” Dan Bourgeois, Bauer’s vice president of product innovation, told RDS.ca. With a factory that was already equipped to manufacture plastic visors at their disposal, Bauer simply had to run some trial-and-error tests to produce a working prototype for the masks.”Our specialists designed molds to create the prototypes, which we presented to a doctor who is the father of one of our employees,” Bourgeois said. “We wanted to test the safety and comfort levels of our visor, which resembles a mask normally used to perform welding work. We have refined our visor and arrived with the model that we are ready to produce.”Protection that allows athletes to give everything for their team is our heritage.Right now, we’re all on the same team. We’re repurposing our facilities to make face shields so that medical professionals battling COVID-19 can safely continue to help those most vulnerable. pic.twitter.com/pBiZuUWdVl— BAUER Hockey (@BauerHockey) March 25, 2020By Wednesday morning, Bauer had already received orders from across Canada for more than 100,000 masks, and they’re hoping to break into the U.S. market soon. The decision to produce the masks will also allow the company to keep a number of employees working during the crisis.”That’s the ancillary benefit to it,” Bauer CEO Ed Kinnaly told ESPN. “We can keep some people employed to work on these.” MORE: NHL, several teams cut employee salaries amid crisisAs of right now, the company’s facilities are capable of producing around 2,000 visors per day, but they’re hoping to eventually crank out 10,000. The Montreal Police have already inquired about purchasing 50,000 of the masks. The first shipments could go out as soon as next week.”Frankly I wish we could do more,” Kinnaly said. “Any way we can help, we’re going to try.” Bauer has long specialized in making protective equipment, but normally not this kind. The company, which is known for its hockey pads, helmets, gloves, sticks and skates, has begun manufacturing medical face shields for hospital workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
French open runner-up Andy Murray should consider re-hiring Ivan Lendl as his coach ahead of Wimbledon, according to American seven-times grand slam champion John McEnroe. (It ‘sucks to lose’ French Open final, says Andy Murray)The two parted company in March 2014 after a successful three-year relationship in which Murray won the 2012 U.S. Open, 2012 Olympic gold and the 2013 Wimbledon title.He has not added to his two grand slam titles since and the 29-year-old split with coach Amelie Mauresmo this year.”I think clearly my old rival Ivan Lendl made a positive difference with Andy,” the American told the Daily Telegraph.”I am not sure if the baggage that took place when they broke up… I don’t know if that was really mutual or if it was Andy or Ivan. I don’t know if it is like going back out with your ex-wife or ex-girlfriend.”But it would not surprise me and it might even make sense. It might not work. But it is an interesting thought.”Murray currently has former British player Jamie Delgado in his entourage, but many of the top-ranked men work with so-called ‘super coaches’.World number one Novak Djokovic has six-times major winner Boris Becker in his corner, Kei Nishikori works with former French Open champion Michael Chang and Milos Raonic will tap into McEnroe’s grasscourt knowledge for Wimbledon. (Djokovic clinches maiden French Open title, completes career Grand Slam)Even 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer has gone down the same route, previously working with Stefan Edberg.advertisement”It’s been a win-win for Boris and Novak,” McEnroe said of Djokovic’s partnership with the German.McEnroe even said he would have been interested in working with Murray.”Andy is extremely professional. He won a couple of majors. So you’re talking about the cream of the crop,” he said.”When you look at someone who’s that good, you’re always interested… (but) I don’t recall ever getting a call. There was never any discussion.”Murray, who reached his first French open final last week where he lost to Djokovic, appears to be in no hurry to recruit a new coach, but McEnroe believes the world number two could look at bringing in someone to work with Delgado.”I mean he has got Delgado, so he has a coach, but he might want to bring in a second guy — the ‘looking for some extra attention’ guy. I fall into that category too, by the way — that was my attempt at a joke,” he added.