New University of Wisconsin football coach Luke Fickell has a coaching staff to fill, and one step of that process under school policy has started.
UW posted job openings Monday morning for offensive and defensive coordinators, assistant coaches and strength coaches.
Postings for athletics jobs must be open for at least one week before a hiring can be made, according to school regulations. The job advertisements list Dec. 5 as the deadline for applications.
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Defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard served as interim coach after UW athletic director Chris McIntosh fired Paul Chryst on Oct. 2. Leonhard, offensive coordinator Bobby Engram and other UW coaches have language in their contracts tying them to the head coach.
The assistant coaches' positions at UW are due to end 60 days after the head coach is fired, according to the contracts, unless they're specifically extended in writing by the school. Thursday marks 60 days since Chryst was fired.
Footballscoop.com reported Sunday, citing sources, that Fickell is expected to bring Brady Collins, Cincinnati's head of sports performance, and recruiting staffers Pat Lambert and Max Stienecker with him to UW.
Former, present Wisconsin football players surprised by Luke Fickell hiring
“To see an opportunity we must be open to all thoughts”— TJ Bollers (@tj35ballin) November 27, 2022
Losing jimmy Leonhard will be the worse decision Wisconsin will ever make 🤷🏽♂️ I said what I said— Eric Burrell (@EricBurrell_) November 27, 2022
Coach leonard was the most brilliant guy I ever learned from. Just baffling man— Justin Clark (@jclark_24_) November 27, 2022
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Well... I’m conflicted😬— Chris Vogt (@ChrisVogt33) November 27, 2022
Luke Fickell is huge for this program! It is now time to EXPECT greatness!— Travis Beckum (@TravisBeckum47) November 27, 2022
😯— Justin "JT" Taylor. (@__justintaylor) November 27, 2022
Burning bridges— BCal (@brian_calhoun2) November 27, 2022
Losing Jim Leonard will go down as one of the biggest losses in Wisconsin football history. His knowledge/feel for the game along with being able to relate to players was the best I’ve ever seen.— Troy Fumagalli (@TroyFumagalli) November 27, 2022
A lot of great Coaches on the Badgers current staff. So many of them had a positive impact on my life. Can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done. Hopefully some of them are included moving forward. Sad day, but excited to see where the program heads next. #OnWisconsin— David Moorman (@DMoorman68) November 27, 2022
Jimmy stayed loyal even when he had lots of other job offers over the past three years… Slap to the face smh— Faion Hicks (@Faion_Hicks) November 27, 2022