Meet the Wisconsin Coaching Staff

Posted: September 24, 2014 in Football

The Bulls are hitting the road for the first time on the year and heading to a very unfamiliar place, Wisconsin. The Badgers are known for their powerful running game behind their historically big offensive lines. However, with the coaching staff in place now, Wisconsin brings a few new dimensions to the field. Time to learn about the Wisconsin coaching staff.

Head Coach Gary Anderson – Anderson is entering his second season as the Badgers head coach, coming off of a 9-4 mark last year. Before taking over at Wisconsin, Anderson was the head coach at Utah State, compiling a record of 26-24, going 11-2 in his final season there. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator from 2004 to 2008. Anderson changed the Wisconsin offensive schemes when he took over, bringing over his spread offense that helped set several program records in his first year. The Badgers averaged 480 yards per game (school record), had 3,689 total yards rushing (program record), and a new yard per carry record at 6.6 yards per run. He has a great understanding of defenses but also knows how to spread any opponent out.

Defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Dave Aranda – Aranda is entering his second season with Wisconsin and helped the Badgers become of the best defensive units in the nation in several categories: scoring defense (6th), total defense (7th), rushing defense (5th) and passing defense (17th). On average, the Badgers held opponents to 12.1 points below their season averages. Aranda did this while changing their scheme to a 3-4 style, allowing the linebackers to make more plays for the defense. He spent the 2012 season as the defensive coordinator for Anderson at Utah State and was on the coaching staff from 2008 to 2010 at Hawaii.

Offensive coordinator/Quarterback coach Andy Ludwig – Ludwig is also entering his second season as the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin. Last year, his unit set a program record averaging 480 yards a game and averaged 34.8 points per game, tying for 3rd most in a season in program history. Ludwig has a long history of spread offenses and will stretch the field for both the passing game and especially for the running game. Wisconsin as just one of four programs to have over 3500 yards on the ground and over 2500 yards through the air in one season. Before joining Wisconsin, Ludwig was the OC at San Diego State from 2011 to 2012. Prior to that he was the OC at Cal, Utah, Oregon, and Fresno State, creating a long history of successful offenses everywhere he stopped.

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