Wisconsin's revamped coaching staff is taking shape, as head coach Bret Bielema announced Wednesday that he has hired Nevada defensive coordinator Andy Buh as linebackers coach.
Buh (pronounced “Boo”) spent the past two seasons with the Wolf Pack, where he also coached linebackers while running the defense. Before that, he served as co-defensive coordinator at Stanford.
“I’ve known about Andy for several years and had the chance to visit with him at the coaches’ convention in San Antonio recently,” Bielema said in a statement from the school. “I came away very impressed with his teaching ability, his passion and his personality. He brings tremendous experience, being a coordinator at both Nevada and Stanford, and is a dynamic personality. With his wife being an Indiana native, this is chance for his family to get back to the Midwest.”
Buh replaces Dave Huxtable, who left to join Paul Chryst's staff at Pittsburgh. Like Buh, Huxtable was also a defensive coordinator -- at Central Florida -- who accepted a position coach job for the Badgers.
“Today is a great day,” Buh said in a release. “I’m very excited and enthused about joining the University of Wisconsin’s football staff. I’m thrilled with this opportunity and can’t wait to hit the field running. Coach Bielema has given me the opportunity of a lifetime and I’m humbled to be a part of his staff. I look forward to every part of this experience and can’t wait to get working.”
In addition to Nevada and Stanford, Buh has worked at Fresno State and San Diego State. He played at Nevada.
He'll take over a position that's well-stocked for 2012, as Wisconsin linebackers Mike Taylor and Chris Borland are among the best in the Big Ten.