After a seven-year hiatus, the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame will induct a new class in 2016. The organization announced that Badgers men's basketball coach Bo Ryan and former Packers receiver Donald Driver will be inducted April 30th, 2016 at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
Ryan is entering his 32nd season as a head coach in the state of Wisconsin. He led UW-Platteville to four national championships before taking over the Badgers 15 years ago. Ryan has led Wisconsin to seven Big Ten titles and back-to-back Final Fours.
"I’ve been living and coaching in the state of Wisconsin for nearly 40 years and I’m proud to call this home,” Ryan said. “I’ve followed all of our state’s teams very closely over the years and come to admire the passion and success we’ve all shared. With the names and accomplishments of the people in the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, it’s truly an honor to be associated with the legends or our state who have been so impactful in sports.”
Driver played 14 years for the Packers. The former seventh-round pick set the franchise records for career receptions and yards. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and helped Green Bay win the Super Bowl in 2010.
“When I started my career as a seventh round draft pick from Alcorn State, I never envisioned myself being in any hall of fame, let alone one that is filled with great names like Hank Aaron and Vince Lombardi,” Driver said. “To join this special group of people that have meant so much to the state of Wisconsin is a dream come true. I can’t wait to celebrate with the fans on April 30th.”
Driver and Ryan will join 135 other icons in the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. The Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame is located on 4th Street in downtown Milwaukee.