Bo Ryan is taking his place among college basketball’s best.
The longtime Wisconsin coach who led the Badgers to two Final Four appearances is part of this year’s National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class. He will be inducted on Nov. 19 in Kansas City, Mo.
Congrats to Bo Ryan, who will take his rightful place among the legends of college hoops this fall. #OnWisconsin
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 8, 2017
Ryan, who retired in December 2015, was Wisconsin’s head coach for more than 14 seasons and had a 364-130 record (.737 winning percentage) with the Badgers. Ryan was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year four times, won the Big Ten regular-season title on four occasions and made the NCAA Tournament during every season in Madison.
In his last two full seasons, Ryan led the Badgers to the Final Four. His team was the national runner-up in the 2014-15 season, losing to Duke in the national title game.
Before taking over at Wisconsin in 2001, Ryan led successful programs at Division III Wisconsin-Platteville (1984-99) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2000-01). Ryan ended his career with a 747-233 record (.762 winning percentage).
Ryan will be joined in this Hall of Fame class by Tim Duncan, Cleo Hill, Scott May, Rick Mount, Paul Silas, John Stockton and Jay Williams. The Badgers will be playing in the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City on Nov. 20 and 21, the two days following the induction ceremony.
“We are honored to welcome another esteemed class into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame,” Reggie Minton, deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and chair of the Hall of Fame selection panel, said in a statement. “Collectively, this group broke barriers, won championships, set records, competed for their country, and left a lasting mark on the coaching profession. Each inductee is uniquely deserving of a permanent place in our game’s history.”