Davis to resign after 25 seasons

Davis (right) coached 26 all-Americans and 3 national champions. 

Madison - Wisconsin wrestling coach Barry Davis resigned on Monday, ending his 25-year tenure as the Badgers’ head coach. Davis will coach the Badgers through the NCAA Championships on March 15-17.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wisconsin,” Davis said. “I’ve worked with lots of great people and many tremendous student-athletes. This University will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Davis, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, coached 26 All-Americans, eight Big Ten champions and three NCAA champions while at Wisconsin. He was named NWCA National Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading UW to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships.

Davis is Wisconsin’s all-time winningest coach and led the Badgers to 15 top-20 finishes at the NCAA championships.

Prior to being named the head coach at Wisconsin, Davis spent seven years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Iowa. While a student at Iowa, Davis won four Big Ten titles, earned All-America honors all four years and won three NCAA Championships. A two-time Olympian, he won a Silver Medal at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.