Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard was the only assistant coach from the B1G to be named a finalist for the 2017 Frank Broyles Award. On Tuesday, he was asked to give a speech, along with the other finalists for the award.
Leonhard is in his second season with the Badgers but this was his first year as the defensive coordinator. And Year 1 at the position couldn’t have gone much better, as Wisconsin ranked in the top two spots nationally in every major defensive category. It finished the year 12-1 and claimed another B1G West title.
In his speech, Leonhard talked about the importance of being a member of a team and touched on his support system — including fellow coaches, friends and family. He also talked about how honored he was to be named a finalist for the Broyles Award — handed to the nation’s top assistant coach.
The winner of the Broyles Award was Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott.
Here’s Leonhard’s full speech from Tuesday: