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Breaking down the new-look Badgers coaching staff

What does the new-look coaching staff for the Badgers look like?

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The Wisconsin Badgers made two moves along their coaching staff this offseason, adding a couple of new faces in Year 2 of the Luke Fickell era.

First, they replaced wide receivers coach Mike Brown, who left for the same role at Notre Dame, with Arkansas wideouts coach Kenny Guiton.

Additionally, they also added Vanderbilt offensive line coach AJ Blazek to the same role, replacing Jack Bicknell Jr., who was re-assigned to a different role in the program.

With the two moves, here’s an updated look at the Badgers’ coaching staff.

Head Coach: Luke Fickell

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks: Phil Longo

Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers: Mike Tressel

Offensive Line: AJ Blazek

Cornerbacks: Paul Haynes

Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties: Colin Hitschler

Wide Receivers: Kenny Guiton

Tight Ends: Nate Letton

Outside Linebackers/Special Teams: Matt Mitchell

Defensive Line: Greg Scruggs

Running Backs: Devon Spalding

These are the 10 on-field assistants for the Badgers in 2024 in addition to Luke Fickell, with the two major changes being at wide receiver and offensive line.

Wisconsin is losing wideouts coach Mike Brown, who is well-respected in the coaching realm, and landed nicely at Notre Dame. But, they’ll bring in Kenny Guiton, who has both playing experience, as Brown did, and coaching experience in the SEC, where he’s entrenched himself in tough recruiting battles to get touted recruits.

Arkansas landed a pair of four-star receivers in their 2023 class in Davion Dozier and Dazmin James, who are both from the South. Guiton could expand Wisconsin’s reach as they look to recruit for the position in the future.

As for Blazek, he’s a former All-Big Ten center at Iowa who brings 20 years of coaching experience to Madison, most recently spending the last three years at Vanderbilt.

The Badgers are looking for some stability at the position, having now gone through four offensive line coaches in their last four seasons, which they hope Blazek can provide.

Blazek has Midwest ties, having coached at North Dakota State, Iowa, Western Illinois, and even Rutgers.

After a 7-6 season in 2023, which followed a 7-6 year in 2022, the Badgers are hoping to see some improvements in 2024, but face a much tougher schedule with the lack of divisions in the Big Ten, as well as the additions of Oregon, Washington, and USC to the conference.