Wisconsin basketball hires a former player as new assistant coach

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Wisconsin basketball announced the hiring of a new assistant coach on Friday morning. With the departure of Alando Tucker, the Badgers have brought in former Wisconsin standout Sharif Chambliss.

Chambliss was a two-time honorably mention All-Big Ten guard playing at Penn State from 2000-2004 and at Wisconsin during the 2004-2005 season. He was team captain in 2005, averaging 7.5 points in his lone season in Madison.

The former Badger brings a wealth of experience to the job, having served for the past 15 years in college basketball at five different schools. Chambliss has been part of four NCAA Tournament appearances and five regular season titles throughout the past 15 season at a variety of schools. He most recently served as an assistant coach at Wright State University from 2016-2021.

Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard gave his thoughts in todays press release from UW:

“We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Chambliss and his family to our staff,” Gard said. “This search and interview process was extensive and spanned a wide scope of excellent candidates. Sharif’s energy, passion, loyalty and experience were evident from the start of our search. Knowing that Coach Howard Moore would not be able to return to his position and having to replace him is difficult for all of us who love him and know everything he has done for our program.

“Sharif brings 15 years of college basketball coaching experience to our program and has a proven track record of success as a coach and as an effective, established recruiter. As we evaluated the landscape of potential coaches, Coach Chambliss was highly regarded and recommended by both his past colleagues that he’s worked with and his peers across college basketball.

“Sharif brings to our staff what I wanted. Someone with experience at a variety of other institutions, a proven track record as a coach and recruiter, and a committed, red-hot burning desire to be at the University of Wisconsin and help our program going forward.

“I know how excited and energized Sharif is to get to Madison and start working with our players and staff. We are all looking forward to welcoming Sharif, his wife Melissa, and sons Julian and Kellen to the Badger family very soon.”

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