The College of Wisconsin eliminated Paul Chryst as head coach of the soccer staff, changing him with defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard as interim, based on a press launch from Wisconsin Athletics.
UW Director of Athletics Chris McIntosh introduced Chryst’s elimination Sunday within the midst of his eighth season as head coach.
“After a heartfelt and genuine dialog with Coach Chryst about what’s within the long-term finest curiosity of our soccer program, I’ve concluded that now’s the time for a change in management,” McIntosh mentioned within the launch.
This will probably be Leonhard’s seventh season as a member of the teaching employees for Wisconsin soccer — he has led the Badgers’ protection to excel in complete yards allowed and nationwide scoring protection for the previous 5 seasons, based on the press launch.
In a press convention at Camp Randall Sunday night time, Leonhard expressed combined feelings in regards to the place. He mentioned he seems ahead to his new position and doesn’t take it flippantly.
“I really feel like I may take this chance and assist this place develop,” Leonhard mentioned within the press convention. “And that’s why I got here again various years in the past and that’s why I hadn’t left. And that’s the mission that I wish to proceed ahead with our guys and simply getting them to grasp the belief, the arrogance we’ve on this group of males, that we’ll get this factor going the suitable course, and it’s gonna occur before later.”
Chryst’s alternative will arrive in the course of a weak season. Heading into Saturday’s residence contest in opposition to Illinois, the Badgers desperately wanted a win. Although they blew out New Mexico State at residence, they received labored by the Buckeyes on the highway and suffered a horrible loss to a a lot weaker Washington State staff.
Illinois hadn’t crushed the Badgers on the highway in 20 years. This seemed like a sure-fire win for Chryst and firm to keep away from the Badgers’ season taking place the tubes. Sadly, that wasn’t the case because the Combating Illini blew out the Badgers in their very own yard holding them scoreless within the second half.
The truth that former Badgers coach Bret Bielema destroyed his outdated staff simply added insult to damage. Illinois outplayed Wisconsin on either side of the ball as they have been extra disciplined and bodily.
Chyrst’s days in Madison have been numbered earlier than this loss. Chyrst achieved loads of success early in his teaching profession, profitable three Massive Ten West Division titles, a Cotton Bowl and an Orange Bowl. Although he finishes 67–26 over seven seasons, the Badgers total document this season is 2–3, together with 0–2 within the Massive Ten.
UW nonetheless owes Chyrst $16.4 million, based on the five-year contract he signed in January of this 12 months. However, this may very well be negotiated to a decrease settlement.
After a profitable collegiate profession with the Badgers, the place he was a three-time all-defensive again, Leonard returned to Wisconsin in 2016 as an assistant. The next 12 months, he turned the defensive coordinator, the place he helped the Badgers set up themselves as probably the greatest defensive groups within the Massive Ten.
The Massive Ten West continues to be large open, however Wisconsin’s room for error is getting slimmer by the week. With the best way they’ve carried out this season, there are few remaining video games on the schedule that may very well be seen as a assured win for the Badgers. Hopefully, this teaching change will mild a fireplace beneath this squad, the place they’ll be tasked with making this 12 months aggressive as soon as once more.