Wisconsin basketball officially hired its new head coach during this past season when it handed Greg Gard the long-term reigns to the program. Now, Gard has finally completed putting together his staff for his upcoming first full season as the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers.
None of the names will be surprises for Wisconsin fans, but they are all familiar faces who have proven their worth in the past. Lamont Paris will receive a promotion and serve as Gard's associate head coach, Howard Moore will continue on as assistant coach and Kat Vosters remains in her role as director of operations. The newly-promoted Paris has been serving as an assistant coach in Madison since 2010.
Here's what Gard had to say about his staff:
"I'm very excited to be able to keep Lamont, Howard and Kat on staff," Gard said. "Having continuity within our program is important and each of these three individuals brings a valuable skill set and the character that makes Wisconsin basketball so successful. I am also very pleased to elevate Lamont to associate head coach. He is richly deserving of the title change and added responsibilities. From on-court coaching, recruiting and player development, to camps, he will have a major role in everything we do.
Howard made invaluable contributions since joining our staff in the middle of the season and I'm thrilled that he will be with us for the long term. He had an immediate impact on our current players and is vital to keeping our strong connection to past UW players and coaches.
Retaining Kat was also essential to what we want to accomplish. She has been a tremendous asset in my transition and her professionalism and expertise with our program helps keep everything running smoothly."
The three coaches will be joining Joe Krabbenhoft, who was chosen by Gard to join the team as an assistant coach in early April.