Video: Wisconsin CBs coach Ben Strickland mic'd up
At his introductory press conference in December, new Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen mentioned Ben Strickland by name as the one coach he absolutely had to have from Bret Bielema's old staff.
A native of Brookfield, Wisc., Strickland walked on the Badgers' roster and eventually rose to a team captain, playing in 51 games as a defensive back and making an impact on special teams while also qualifying for four Academic All-Big Ten teams.
He returned to Madison in 2009 as a defensive quality control assistant and then spent two more seasons as a graduate assistant. In 2012, he was promoted to cornerbacks coach. While the majority of his fellow assistants found other positions following the season, Strickland stayed. Andersen made sure of that. "I want him on the staff in the worst way," Andersen said back in December. "He is Wisconsin, if you will."
Wisconsin has provided a glimpse at how one of the rising stars in coaching does business during a Badgers spring practice. If nothing else, it's jarring to watch Strickland coach in a full windbreaker suit as we sit in the middle of summer.