Bret Bielema

Bret Bielema

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Bret Bielema (; born January 13, 1970) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a position he has held since the 2006 season when former Badgers head coach and current Wisconsin athletic director, Barry Alvarez, stepped down.

Early career

Bielema played college football at the University of Iowa from 1989 to 1992, where he earned four letters and a bachelor's degree in marketing, as well as got a Tiger Hawk tattoo on his leg. He went on to play for the Milwaukee Mustangs, a team in the Arena Football League. Bret developed his patented "Bielema Smug" during his Iowa days.

Bielema was an assistant coach at the University of Iowa from 1993 to 2001. He then became the co-defensive coordinator for Kansas State University from 2002 to 2003. He took the same position at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2004. Alvarez, in his capacity as Wisconsin's athletic director, selected Bielema to succeed him as head coach when he announced his retirement from coaching in 2005.

Head coaching career

In his first season as head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers in 2006, Bielema's team ended the regular season 11–1 (7–1 in Big Ten Conference play). With the 35–3 defeat of the University at Buffalo on November 18, 2006, Bielema became the first coach in UW history to win 11 games in the regular...
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