UW-Madison legend Barry Alvarez announces his retirement

NOW: UW-Madison legend Barry Alvarez announces his retirement

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Barry Alvarez era at the University of Wisconsin is coming to an end. 

The university announced Tuesday, April 6, after 32 years of leadership, Alvarez is retiring. 

“It has been an honor to be a part of Wisconsin Athletics and I take great pride in all we have accomplished over the last three decades,” Alvarez said. “From championships, to improvements on campus, to impacting thousands of student-athletes, it’s been a great ride. I’m grateful for the support, generosity, enthusiasm and loyalty of Badgers in the state of Wisconsin and beyond. Thank you.”

“We thank Barry for his hard work, devotion to UW-Madison, and the standard of excellence he has set for our athletic program,” University of Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank said. “His work here has positively impacted the lives of countless student-athletes who have come through our doors.

“His leadership has also lifted our university and our state. Barry’s legacy will live on whenever Badgers take the field.”

Alvarez started as the football coach before taking over as the athletic director. 

UW won 73 conference championships, regular season and tournaments combined during Alvarez's tenure. 

Sixteen teams won national championships. 

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