The Wisconsin Badgers announced on Thursday that former Badger Jon Budmayr will officially take on duties as quarterbacks coach.
Budmayr, who played quarterback at UW, worked as a graduate assistant in 2015 before transitioning to an offensive quality-control assistant the past two seasons. He lettered during the 2010 season before injuries hampered the rest of his career but also served as a UW student assistant coach from 2012–13.
“Jon is a tremendous young coach,” head coach Paul Chryst said in a release from UW. “He excels as a teacher and has great knowledge of our offense and quarterback play. He truly cares about the young men in this program. I am excited to add him to our coaching staff.”
“I’m extremely appreciative and excited for this opportunity to be at Wisconsin and continue this journey of coaching,” Budmayr said in the release. “Having played for, and now worked with, Coach Chryst for a number of years, I’ve gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about the nuances that go into coaching the position and all the detail that is involved. That has prepared me very well for this opportunity. Now it’s my job to help a terrific group of young men that we have in our quarterback group gain that understanding as well.”
With the new NCAA rule allowing programs to hire a 10th assistant, Budmayr’s name was prevalent as the one to be bumped up from his quality-control position. Technically, teams have to wait until Jan. 9 to announce this new addition of said 10th assistant to the coaching staff, but Wisconsin still needs to hire an outside linebackers coach to replace Tim Tibesar (therefore making him part of the nine prior to the new rule taking place).
Budmayr’s hire also makes five former Wisconsin players who have come back to coach at UW as full-time assistants. Several other former Badgers are either quality-control or graduate assistants as well.
Budmayr also worked at Pitt as a graduate assistant on Chryst’s staff in 2014 before coming back to Madison.