Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame: Barry Alvarez

© Photographed August 14, 2016
Erected 2009 by the National W Club
and the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department
Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
43.042288, -87.916127
43° 2.55′ N, 87° 54.967′ W
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A native of Pittsburgh, PA and a former linebacker at the University of Nebraska, Alvarez rose through the high school and collegiate coaching ranks, making stops at Iowa and Notre Dame, before taking over the Badger football program in 1990. He went on to orchestrate one of the great turnarounds in college football, guiding the Badgers to Big Ten and Rose Bowl titles in 1993, 1998 and 1999. Alvarez was named National Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1999 and coached 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne. With 118 victories, Alvarez had more wins than any coach in Wisconsin football history. He coached four of the five winnigest teams in school history. His .727 winning percentage in bowl games is the highest in history among coaches with at least 11 bowl appearances. Alvarez became the UW director of athletics in 2004 and Badger athletics has thrived under his leadership, winning 12 team National Championships and 21 conference titles. Alvarez and his wife, Cindy, endowed a football scholarship at UW-Madison and they co-chaired a successful effort to bring Gilda's Club, a family cancer support center, to Madison, WI.
The marker is located at the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, and is accessible from southbound North 4th Street, between West State Street (to the north) and West Kilbourn Avenue (to the south), at or near 400 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203.

Inductees honored at this site are members of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame (established 1951). The Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame is a joint property of Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation and Wisconsin Center District.

Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame

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 The marker is located at the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame is located at the
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. 

The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame is located on the east side
of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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