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Badgers Ryan, Packers Driver inducted into Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame

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MILWAUKEE – Former Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan was officially inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, along with Green Bay Packers all-time leading wide receiver Donald Driver, as part of the 65th Anniversary Class in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Saturday.

Ryan and Driver were formally inducted during a special event that celebrated their distinguished careers and contributions to athletics in Wisconsin. The ceremony was held at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, the site of the first Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame induction event in 1951.

Now a member of six Halls of Fame, Ryan has also been enshrined into the Wilkes College Athletic Hall of Fame (2003), the Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (2008), the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (2011), the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2011) and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame (2012).

A finalist for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in both 2015 and 2016, Ryan’s basketball credentials span well beyond his 14-plus seasons at the helm of the Wisconsin program. Ryan elevated Badgers basketball to heights previously unseen in Madison, culminating with back-to-back Final Fours in his final two seasons and the school's first appearance in the national championship game since 1941.

With 747 career wins, 19 championships and countless conference and national coach of the year accolades, there is little doubt that Ryan is among the great coaches in college basketball history.

In his 14 years atop the Wisconsin program, Ryan authored the most wins in school annals (364) and finished with a mark of 172-68 (.717) in Big Ten play, the highest winning percentage in conference history. With a career record of 747-233 (.762), Ryan finished his career ranked 27th on the NCAA's all-time wins list.

Ryan's tenure as head coach at Wisconsin produced seven Big Ten championships, four Big Ten Coach of the Year honors, the 11 winningest seasons in UW history, 14 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, three Elite Eights, two Final Fours and the 2015 national championship game. In his final full season, Ryan guided the Badgers to a school-record 36 wins in 2014-15, one shy of the Big Ten single-season record.

Individual success also followed team success during Ryan's career as six players earned AP All-America recognition -- Kirk Penney (honorable mention in 2003), Devin Harris (second team in 2004), Alando Tucker (first team in 2007), Jon Leuer (honorable mention in 2011), Jordan Taylor (second team in 2011 and honorable mention in 2012) and the 2015 consensus national player of the year Frank Kaminsky (first team in 2015). A total of 10 former Badgers made NBA rosters during the Ryan era, including four first-round draft picks.

Prior to his hire as head coach at Wisconsin in 2001, Ryan spent 15 record-setting seasons at UW-Platteville and a pair of successful seasons at UW-Milwaukee. At UW-Platteville, Ryan guided the Division III school to a phenomenal 353-76 (.822) overall record and four national championships (1991, 1995, 1998 and 1999).

In 2013, Ryan was given the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award, presented annually to a college coach who has been significantly engaged in the program's fundraising, education and promotional initiatives. Since joining Coaches vs. Cancer in 2007, Ryan has been a part of unprecedented fundraising efforts, including raising a record $1.3 million at the 2015 Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin Gala. Ryan and his wife, Kelly, have also orchestrated and donated to the Shooting Down Cancer event on campus that has raised a total of $1,078,301.

The Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame, located on 4th Street in Milwaukee's downtown sports and entertainment district, contains bronze plaques commemorating the 135 members of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. Members include Vince Lombardi, Hank Aaron, Oscar Robertson, Barry Alvarez, Al McGuire, Bud Selig, Junior Bridgeman, Willie Davis, Herb Kohl, Bart Starr, Ab Nicholas, Bob Harlan, Fred Miller, Alan Kulwicki, Robin Yount, Bonnie Blair, Bob Uecker and many others.

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