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UW track coach Nuttycombe announces his retirement

MADISON - University of Wisconsin men's track and field head coach Ed Nuttycombe announced his retirement late yesterday afternoon after 30 seasons.

Nuttycombe became head coach in 1984 after the death of head coach Dan McClimon in a plane crash. He had been an assistant at UW since 1980.

Nuttycombe has coached more Big Ten championship teams than any coach in any sport in league history, which includes Iowa's great wrestling coach Dan Gable and Indiana's legendary head swimming coach Doc Councilman. Under Nuttycombe, UW won 13 outdoor track and field titles, the latest in 2012, and 13 indoor titles, including this past winter's championship. Nuttycombe also coached UW's NCAA champion indoor squad back in 2007. He's coached over 187 individual All-Americans and 11 national champions.

Nuttycombe earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors an unprecedented 22 times. He also was named Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association 11 times since 1995, including for the 2013 indoor season. After leading the Badgers to the 2007 NCAA title, Nuttycombe was named USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year.