With two new hires this spring, one-third of University of Wisconsin athletics head coaches have ascended to their positions in the last three school years.
Athletic director Barry Alvarez and his staff have named six new head coaches since the start of 2016, including three in March that year — men's basketball's Greg Gard, men's hockey's Tony Granato and women's basketball's Jonathan Tsipis.
Yet the Badgers still have three of 18 head coaches whose hiring date precedes the 2004 start of Alvarez's tenure as athletic director.
And when Barry Davis stepped down in March after 25 years leading the Badgers wrestling team, the school had a new most-tenured head coach: Chris Clark, who was named to lead the men's rowing team in 1996.
Here are the Badgers' head coaches in order of longevity in their current position.
1. Chris Clark, men's rowing
Named head coach: Sept. 12, 1996
There's longevity in the Badgers' men's rowing coaching position. Chris Clark's tenure, now at 22 seasons, followed a 28-year run by Randy Jablonic. The Independent Rowing News College Coach of the Year in 2002, Clark has one national championship to his credit at UW: The Badgers' varsity eight team took home the title in 2008.
2. Mark Johnson, women's hockey
Named head coach: May 23, 2002
Matching the length of head coaching service to the Badgers that his father, Bob, had with the men's hockey program from 1966 to 1982, Mark Johnson has coached UW women's hockey for 15 seasons over the last 16 years. (The one year absent for both Mark and Bob was for coaching a U.S. Olympic team — Bob with the men in 1976 and Mark with the women in 2010.) Mark Johnson has won four national championships — in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011 — to his dad's three.
3. Todd Oehrlein, women's golf
Named head coach: Aug. 8, 2003
Todd Oehrlein, a Sun Prairie native, has built a women's golf program that is regularly competing in NCAA play. After missing out on the regionals in Oehrlein's first seven seasons, the Badgers have qualified for six of the last eight, including the 2018 regional at the team's home course, University Ridge.
4. Bebe Bryans, women's rowing
Named head coach: June 25, 2004
Bebe Bryans took over the Badgers women's rowing job after starting the women's rowing program at Michigan State and spending seven years there. With UW, she has overseen an openweight program that has made the NCAA championship 10 years in a row and a lightweight group that has won five national titles.
5. Paula Wilkins, women's soccer
Named head coach: Jan. 26, 2007
When she was hired at UW, Paula Wilkins said she was taking a risk in leaving a successful Penn State women's soccer program to build one up in Madison. After going 15-20-2 over her first two seasons with the Badgers, Wilkins has posted nine straight winning records and six trips to the NCAA tournament.
Read the story on Wilkins' hiring here.
6. Mick Byrne, cross country and track and field
Named men's cross country head coach: Aug. 1, 2008
Mick Byrne joined the Badgers as men's cross country head coach after 24 years leading Iona. He was named to the new position of director of cross country and track and field — a merging of men's and women's programs under one umbrella — on Aug. 15, 2013. He was named national cross country coach of the year in 2011 to go along with 14 other Big Ten Conference or Great Lakes region honors.
Read the story on Byrne's hiring here.
7. John Trask, men's soccer
Named head coach: Jan. 20, 2010
John Trask had more losses than wins over his first three seasons with the Badgers men's soccer team, but in 2013 he helped deliver the program's first NCAA tournament appearance since it won the title in 1995. UW returned to the national tournament in 2017 after winning the Badgers' first outright Big Ten playoff title.
Read the story on Trask's hiring here.
8. Yvette Healy, softball
Named head coach: June 24, 2010
Three seasons after being hired, Yvette Healy led Badgers softball to the best record in program history, 44-13, and the team's only Big Ten tournament championship. After making the NCAA tournament three times in the program's first 15 seasons before Healy took over, the Badgers have qualified three times in the last five years.
Read the story on Healy's hiring here.
9. Michael Burcin, men's golf
Named head coach: May 31, 2011
Results were mixed in Michael Burcin's first six seasons leading the Badgers men's golf team. UW had two top-half finishes in the Big Ten Championships — fifth of 14 in 2015 and seventh in 2017. But it also finished last in 2013 (12th) and 2016 (14th). Burcin came to UW after a successful stint as an assistant at South Carolina.
Read the story on Burcin's hiring here.
10. Kelly Sheffield, volleyball
Named head coach: Dec. 28, 2012
Kelly Sheffield arrived as UW volleyball coach after making five NCAA tournament appearances in as many seasons at Dayton. He also arrived at the same time as setter Lauren Carlini, who became a four-time All-American. Together, they got the Badgers back in the NCAA tournament in 2013 after a five-year absence, losing to Penn State in the championship game. UW has qualified for the NCAA tournament in Sheffield's first five seasons, and home attendance has taken off.
Read the story on Sheffield's hiring here.
11. Paul Chryst, football
Named head coach: Dec. 17, 2014
A former Badgers football player and assistant coach as well as a Madison native, Paul Chryst was 34-7 over his first three seasons leading UW, including bowl game victories each year. He was named the Big Ten's coach of the year after the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Chryst left the Badgers' offensive coordinator position after the 2011 season to become head coach at Pittsburgh for three seasons.
Read the story on Chryst's hiring here.
12. Danny Westerman, men's tennis
Named head coach: June 22, 2015
A former Badgers player and assistant coach, Danny Westerman's tenure leading the men's tennis team after nine years as head coach at Denver started fast. UW set a program record with a 13-1 opening to the 2015-16 season. He helped the team return to the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years in 2017.
Read the story on Westerman's hiring here.
13. Greg Gard, men's basketball
Named head coach: March 7, 2016
Greg Gard took over the men's basketball team in an interim capacity following the Dec. 15, 2015, retirement of Bo Ryan. Less than three months later, Alvarez gave Gard a five-year contract as the full-time coach. The Badgers made NCAA tournament appearances in his first two seasons but fell short in 2018, ending their NCAA streak at 19 seasons.
Read the story on Gard's hiring here.
14. Tony Granato, men's hockey
Named head coach: March 30, 2016
Lured away from an assistant coaching job in the NHL to turn around a men's hockey team that had won just 12 games over the two previous seasons, Tony Granato won the Big Ten Coach of the Year award in 2017 after leading the Badgers to a second-place finish. But the team missed the NCAA tournament and stumbled to a losing record in his second season.
Read the story on Granato's hiring here.
15. Jonathan Tsipis, women's basketball
Named head coach: March 31, 2016
After turning around a struggling women's basketball program at George Washington, where he was the Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year in 2015, Jonathan Tsipis was charged with doing the same at UW. The Badgers had suffered five straight losing seasons when Tsipis took over, and his first two UW teams combined to go 18-43.
Read the story on Tsipis' hiring here.
16. Kelcy McKenna, women's tennis
Named head coach: July 1, 2016
Kelcy McKenna was hired after one season leading the women's tennis team at New Mexico and three seasons as a college assistant. She was the 2014 Mountain West Assistant Coach of the Year with the Lobos. UW started 3-1 in her first season but finished 4-16.
17. Chris Bono, wrestling
Named head coach: March 24, 2018
After establishing South Dakota State among the wrestling powerhouses in the Big 12 Conference, Chris Bono turned to the challenge of coaching in the Big Ten. He qualified for the NCAA tournament four times as an athlete at Iowa State, winning the 150-pound title as a junior in 1996.
Read the story on Bono's hiring here.
18. Yuri Suguiyama, swimming and diving
Named head coach: April 17, 2018
Yuri Suguiyama was tabbed as Badgers swimming and diving coach after spending six seasons as an assistant with California's men's team, working primarily with middle-distance and distance swimmers. He was the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Assistant Coach of the Year in 2013-14, when the Golden Bears won the NCAA title.
Read the story on Suguiyama's hiring here.