Keeping it in the family: Wisconsin makes in-house hire for next defensive line coach
Wisconsin has named its next defensive line coach, and its someone from within the program.
The Badgers announced on Wednesday that Ross Kolodziej has been named the defensive line coach for the program. He had previously served as the team’s strength and conditioning coach for the last six seasons. Kolodziej has been on Paul Chryst’s staff the last seven years, spending one season with him at Pitt.
“I’m excited for Ross and for our team that he will have the opportunity to coach our defensive line,” Chryst said in a statement. “He has played the position at the highest level and has tremendous knowledge of the position. I’m confident in his abilities as a coach and have witnessed that first-hand through all the year we have bee together.
“Our players who have worked with Ross, both present players and guys that have gone through the program, are fired up for him. I know our current guys in the D-line room are looking forward to getting to work with him even more closely now.”
Kolodziej was a 45-game starter for Wisconsin during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He also spent time in the NFL.
Wisconsin finished the 2020 season with a 4-3 record.