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Wisconsin extends Bo Ryan's contract through 2020

The Badgers also elected not to extend the deals of men's hockey coach Mike Eaves and women's basketball coach Bobbie Kelsey.

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Wisconsin's athletic board extended the contract of men's basketball coach Bo Ryan through the 2020 season, the Badgers announced Friday. Ryan would be 71 by the end of that deal.

Other coaches to have their deals extended included women's hockey coach Mark Johnson (2020) and wrestling coach Barry Davis (2018).

Men's hockey coach Mike Eaves and women's basketball coach Bobbie Kelsey had their contracts maintained, but not extended, through the 2019 seasons.

Eaves' men's hockey squad went 4-26-5 last season, the worst record in program history. It also missed the NCAA tournament for the third time in five seasons.

Athletic director Barry Alvarez discussed the move after the board meeting, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Nobody is happy with what happened and you want to see a competitive team on the ice," UW athletic director Barry Alvarez said after the meeting. "You want to see a competitive team on the court. That is their job - to figure out the issues and correct them...

"We're giving them opportunities to get their job done."

Later, Alvarez added the following:

"You can’t reward someone for a season like that," Alvarez said.

Kelsey's women's basketball team finished 9-20 last season and 5-11 in Big Ten play. She is 40-78 overall and 16-50 in Big Ten play over her four seasons in Madison. The Badgers have not qualified for the NCAA or WNIT teams under Kelsey.

"As you go along you want to see improvement," Alvarez said. "I don't think we saw enough improvement where she was satisfied or we were satisfied. She wasn't happy with her season and the results...

"I want to see improvement. I want to see us more competitive than we have been. We have injuries every year...

"Good coaches, they get answers. You need to find answers. We need to get those things rectified."

Men's and women's swimming and diving coach Whitney Hite also had his contract maintained, so it now runs through the 2017 season.