Barry Alvarez To Speak At Celebration 2006
Written by Sun Bowl Web Admin
Thursday, 16 February 2006
Barry Alvarez retired as the all-time winningest coach at Wisconsin.
PASO, Texas (February 17, 2006) - Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez will be the
featured speaker at the Sun Bowl Association's Celebration 2006, an
installation dinner of the 2006 board of directors and advisory board
of the organization on March 8 at the Judson F. Williams Convention
Center, announced executive director Bernie Olivas.
"We are extremely excited to have someone the caliber of Barry Alvarez to be involved with this event," said Olivas. "Celebration 2006 is a chance for the Sun Bowl Association to look back on one of the most successful years the organization has had and look forward to what this year will bring."
Alvarez, the two-time national coach of the year, led Wisconsin to a 21-20 win over UCLA in the 2000 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl. He retired as the Badgers' head coach in January to devote his full attention to his duties as director of athletics.
Celebration 2006 will feature the installation of John Folmer as the association's president for this year. Folmer, who first began as a volunteer with the Sun Bowl in 1971, has been the chairman of the football committee for 25 years.
"This past year, under the guidance of Wayne Thornton, the Sun Bowl reached new heights and it has been a great year," said Olivas. "Under the direction of John Folmer, we will have new mountains to climb with our new partnerships and he is just the man to lead us. John has been one of the most invaluable members of the Sun Bowl over the last three decades."
Tickets for the event start at $50 per person, or $100 per person to attend a private party with Alvarez before the dinner. Individual tickets and tables can be purchased by calling Ellen Hughes at the Sun Bowl Association offices at (915) 533-4416.
In its 73rd year, the Vitalis Sun Bowl will embark on the game's first change in partnerships in a decade, as the Pac-10 Conference will face off against either the Big 12 Conference, Big East Conference or Notre Dame. The game is set for Friday, Dec. 29 at Noon (MT).
About Barry Alvarez
Barry Alvarez has been at the forefront of the revival of the Badger athletic program during his entire tenure at the University of Wisconsin.
Alvarez, who began his head football coaching duties at Wisconsin in 1990, began the dual role of head football coach and director of athletics in 2004. After the culmination of a 10-3 season this past year, he stepped down as the Badgers' head coach to devote his time completely to his role as the director of athletics.
During his tenure on the football field, Alvarez guided Wisconsin to three Big Ten Conference and Rose Bowl titles, including back-to-back in 1998 and 1999. He is the winningest coach in Wisconsin history, posting a 118-73-4 record during his 16-year tenure in Madison.
His 8-3 (.727) record in bowl games with the Badgers is in the top 10 among coaches with at least seven bowl appearances. He has led Wisconsin to 11 appearances in eight different bowls since 1993, including a 21-20 win over UCLA in the 2000 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl.
Alvarez became just the 10th coach in Big Ten history to win 100 games at one conference institution. The Badgers join Ohio State and Michigan as the only Big Ten teams to have appeared in 11 bowl games over the past 13 seasons.
The 1993 National Coach of the Year, Alvarez is a two-time (1993 and 1998) Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year and was a finalist for ESPN's Coach of the Decade (1990s) honor.
He has coached seven consensus first-team All-Americans - defensive end Tom Burke, tailback Ron Dayne, cornerback Jamar Fletcher, offensive tackle Aaron Gibson, offensive tackle Chris McIntosh, center Cory Raymer and defensive end Erasmus James.
Alvarez is a 1969 graduate of the University of Nebraska, where he played linebacker and went on to earn his master's degree. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater in 2003.
Prior to his arrival at Wisconsin in 1990, Alvarez served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame (1987-89) and Iowa (1979-86). He also served as a head coach in the high school ranks at Mason City (Iowa) High School (1976-78) and Lexington (Neb.) High School (1974-75) and was an assistant coach at Lincoln Northeast High School (1971-73).
Alvarez and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of three grown children: daughters Dawn (Mrs. Brad Ferguson) and Stacy (Mrs. Mike Delzer); and son Chad (wife Stephanie). Barry and Cindy are grandparents to Joe and Jake Ferguson, and Grace and Jackson Delzer.
For more information, please contact Trenten Hilburn at the Sun Bowl Office at (915)533-4416.
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