Gard brothers to switch coaching positions


Greg Gard, the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his brother Jeff Gard the head men’s basketball coach at the UW-Platteville will switch head coaching positions for the upcoming 2017-18 basketball season.

The switch was announced shortly after the Badgers lost to Florida in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

“I wanted to make this switch to give my brother a season to coach at the highest college level he could” Greg said. He also said that after being the head coach for a season and a half he was mentally exhausted and thought division three coaching might be easier.

Jeff said he and his brother have talked about switching head coaching jobs since the NCAA Tournament started.

“I’m very excited to make the jump up to Madison,” Jeff said. He also talked about how much more of a challenge he said it would be compared to Platteville.

When the players were asked about the decision they all seemed skeptical but in different ways. Current UW-Platteville players said they supported the decision 100 percent because they believe they are getting the better and more lauded coach. The Pioneers were skeptical as to why Greg Gard would make this decision. UW-Madison players, on the other hand, opposed the decision because they didn’t even know Greg had a brother that coached.

Badgers players Ethan Happ and Nigel Hayes believed that the Illuminati may have had some influence in the decision. According to Urban Dictionary, the Illuminati is  “elite masters of deception who want to control your mind, soul, and your body, and rule the entire world.” UW-Madison Athletic Director Barry Alvarez has declined to comment on these allegations.

Greg Gard will take over a program that went 8-17 last season and finished last in the conference with a 1-13 record. Jeff Gard, on the other hand, will take over a team that finished second in the Big Ten last season and went all the way to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. Greg Gard will now be coaching at his alma mater and in the same coaching position that Bo Ryan once held. Greg took over for Ryan at Madison in December 2015 when Ryan retired.

Jeff and Greg’s other brother Garry was disheartened when he learned that he wasn’t involved in the decision and that he’s not getting a head coaching job somewhere.