Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, December 16, 2015
Following Wisconsin?s victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday night, Bo Ryan officially announced his retirement.
Longtime Wisconsin assistant Greg Gard will take over as interim head coach.
In his 14 years as the Badgers' head coach, Ryan recorded the most wins in school history (364), finishing with a final record of 172-68 (.717) in Big Ten play, the highest winning percentage in conference history. With a career record of 747-233, Ryan finishes his career ranked 27th on the NCAA?s all-time wins list. Wisconsin is 7-5 this season.
Ryan, who turns 68 next week, had said in a statement last June that he would coach this season and then step down.
Here is a look at some of the top Twitter reactions to Ryan's announcement.https://twitter.com/dekker/status/676984468968742912
Exceptional coach but even a better man. Thanks for everything over the years Coach Ryan. Enjoy retirement you deserve it.— Devin Harris (@Dev34Harris) December 16, 2015
It was an honor coach #ThanksBo— Ben Brust (@BenBrust) December 16, 2015
Hayes: "From the players' standpoint, we wish him well with his retirement and all the things old people do" #ThanksBo— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) December 16, 2015
I'm very grateful to have been able to get to know Coach Bo Ryan. He's a teacher first and his path epitomizes the American Dream.— Jon Crispin (@BTNJonCrispin) December 16, 2015
Will miss Coach Ryan @BadgerMBB a great deal! He was very good to me & I learned so much from him - Enjoy the time Coach! Happy for Gardo!— Tim Miles (@CoachMiles) December 16, 2015
Most Successful Big 10 Coach =Knight— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) December 16, 2015
Most Successful Recent Coach =Izzo
Best Job Ever done at a School = Ryan
If u know B10 History u get it
Came home to the shocking but unsurprising news that Bo Ryan is retiring at the end of the semester. Don't think we'll see another like him.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) December 16, 2015
Congrats to Bo Ryan on a soon-to-be Hall of Fame career. Same guy as big time coach as he was as an assistant 30+ years ago. Class.— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) December 16, 2015
my guy bo ryan of wisconsin retires effectilvely immediately. loved watching all of his teams play beautiful basketball. @BlueStarMedia1— Dick Weiss (@HoopsWeiss) December 16, 2015
Death. Taxes. Bo Ryan. #onelasttime— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 16, 2015
Bo Ryan was simply the GOAT to ever coach @ WISCONSIN! Thanks 4 all the special moments in Badger country.— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) December 16, 2015