For the first time under Paul Chryst, who became Wisconsin’s head coach in 2014, the program will have a full-timer coaching the quarterbacks.
The Badgers announced Jon Budmayr, himself a former Wisconsin signal caller, will be promoted to quarterbacks coach on Thursday.
“I’m extremely appreciative and excited for this opportunity to be at Wisconsin and continue this journey of coaching,” Budmayr said. “Having played for, and now worked with, Coach Chryst for a number of years, I’ve gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about the nuances that go into coaching the position and all the detail that is involved. That has prepared me very well for this opportunity. Now it’s my job to help a terrific group of young men that we have in our quarterback group gain that understanding as well.”
Paul Chryst’s first QB coach…✔️
A former Wisconsin QB…✔️
Happy to announce the hiring of an assistant coach to our staff. We think you’ll recognize him.
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) January 4, 2018
Budmayr spent the past three seasons coaching at Wisconsin, first as a graduate assistant in 2015 and then as an offensive quality control assistant the past two years. Before that, he was an offensive graduate assistant during Chryst’s final year at Pittsburgh in 2014.
As a player, he arrived at Wisconsin in 2009 as the top-rated quarterback from Illinois. After redshirting that season, he played three games in 2010 before nerve issues in his throwing arms forced him to forgo his playing career. Instead, he served as an student assistant coach in 2012 and 2013.
“Jon is a tremendous young coach,” Chryst said. “He excels as a teacher and has great knowledge of our offense and quarterback play. He truly cares about the young men in this program. I am excited to add him to our coaching staff.”
Of the now 10 full-time assistant coaches, five are former Wisconsin players.
And with the hire, the Badgers only have to fill the opening for outside linebackers coach. A few weeks ago, Tim Tibesar left to become Oregon State’s defensive coordinator.