After 30 years, 26 Big Ten Conference championships and countless contributions to his sport, Ed Nuttycombe is retiring from his position as head coach of the Wisconsin men’s track and field program.
Nuttycombe announced his retirement Friday, following the completion of his 30th season as the Badgers’ head coach.
“I just feel the time is right,” Nuttycombe said. “There is probably never a ‘good time’ to walk away from something that has meant so much to you for so long, but I’m excited about what the future holds for me and my family.”
“Ed’s career is unparalleled,” UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. “The success is obvious when you look at the numbers, but the way he succeeded with integrity and touched so many people across his program and his sport is what speaks volumes about the job he did as a head coach.
“To be able to adapt to all the changes in society and in student-athletes over the last 30 years while maintaining such a high level of success is truly remarkable.”
“I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Ed as a colleague and as an administrator during my career,” Alvarez added. “I hate to see him go, but I wish the best for Ed, Diane and their family in retirement.”
Nuttycombe will remain with the Badgers through the summer, with his official retirement date yet to be determined. He plans on keeping his residence in Madison with his wife, Diane, and continuing to be involved with the track program in his retirement.