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Badger Bits: Wisconsin renews Paul Chryst’s contract again

Plus, a remarkable showing for UW soccer in the MLS SuperDraft

Capital One Orange Bowl - Miami v Wisconsin Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Playing a bit of catch-up here, Paul Chryst headlined Wisconsin’s latest round of coach contract renewals on Friday.

Coming off a 13–1, Orange Bowl-winning season, the Badgers renewed Chryst’s five-year contract through Jan. 31, 2023. Chryst is scheduled to make $3.3 million in 2018 with annual $100,000 increases in each subsequent year.

Among the other UW renewals:

Volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield’s five-year contract was renewed through January 31, 2023.

Women’s soccer coach Paula Wilkins’ three-year contract was renewed through January 31, 2021.

Men’s soccer coach John Trask’s three-year contract was renewed through January 31, 2021.

Two Badgers drafted in top 10 of MLS SuperDraft

Another incredible UW headline from Friday: Wisconsin placed two players in the top 10 of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. As one might expect, that’s the first time in school history two Badgers landed among the top 10 picks.

Senior Chris Mueller was drafted at No. 6 by Orlando City SC and senior Mark Segbers went No. 9 to the New England Revolution.

Later on in the second round (No. 39), senior forward Tom Barlow went to the New York Red Bulls.

Mueller, a Schaumburg, Ill., native, led the nation in assists (20) and assists per game (.95) while starting 21 games last season. As for the Big Ten, the two-time All-American also led the conference in points (38), shots (72), and shots on goal (30). He leaves Wisconsin eighth all-time in career goals scored (22) and the school record holder for single-season assists (19). As UWBadgers.com points out, that record stood since 1981. His 35 career assists are four shy of Kevin Kullby’s all-time record.

Segbers concluded his senior season with five goals, seven assists, and 17 points. Across his UW career, the St. Louis, Mo., played in 77 games and recorded 16 goals, 22 assists, and 54 points. Segbers was a two-time All-Big Ten second-team selection (2014, 2017) and a 2014 Big Ten All-Freshman selection.

Barlow departs Madison after leading the Big Ten with 10 goals last season. Across his time in Madison, the St. Louis, Mo., native scored 23 goals and recorded 15 assists and 61 points.