Kristy Brager To Join Wisconsin Badgers As Assistant Coach

Yuri Suguiyama has made his first addition to his coaching staff with the Wisconsin Badgers, bringing on former team captain Kristy Brager. Suguiyama was named the new Head Coach of the Badgers in April after serving as the assistant at Cal for the past six seasons. He made the announcement of hiring Brager on Wednesday.

“I couldn’t be more excited to get back to where I consider home,” Brager said. “In my talks with Yuri, it feels like a really good connection. I’m excited about his vision and his passion for the program and the amazing new facility that’s coming up”.

“To be a part of making this program better has been my dream since I started coaching.”

“From the minute I accepted the job, I thought of Kristy as someone who would be a great fit on our staff,” Suguiyama said. “As I got to know her, I found that her character, values and work ethic make her exactly the type of person I want impacting our student-athletes every day.

“She’s a highly-accomplished, well-respected coach who has created success at every stop of her career, and I’m thrilled for her to get back to Madison. For me, it’s an exciting opportunity to work with a great coach and a fantastic person.”

Since graduating from Wisconsin in 2008, Brager has had a full decade of coaching experience under her belt, serving with Iowa, George Mason and most recently Michigan. In her two years with the Wolverines, the women won back-to-back Big Ten team titles and also had their best NCAA finish in 22 years at 4th place this past season.

Her biggest impact with Michigan came in breaststroke, as seven of the program’s ten fastest 100-yard times ever recorded came during her tenure, and Miranda Tucker set school records in both distances under Brager.

A native of Green Bay, Brager twice earned Academic All-Big Ten honors with the Badgers and was named captain in her senior year.

“Beyond all of her great coaching experience, Kristy is someone who specifically understands what it takes to be successful here in Madison and knows the pride of what it means to excel as a Badger,” Suguiyama said. “I can’t wait for her to get to work with our team.”

Additionally, Wisconsin also announced that assistant coaches Neil Caskey and Anton Slobounov will remain on staff.

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HappyFan
4 years ago

Welcome home! Once a Badger, Always A Badger.

Shannon Pritchett
4 years ago

Congrats Kristy!!

Wisco fan
4 years ago

What happened to Jake Tapp? He’s no longer on the coaching staff on their website

oh boy
Reply to  Wisco fan
4 years ago

This is really unfortunate considering he was one of the only assistants who was getting results last season.

oh boy
4 years ago

Curious that Slobounov has been retained. There has to be at least one diving coach in the country that can deliver better results… right?

SUNY Cal
4 years ago

Wow, sad she’s leaving MI after only 2 yrs! – MI having trouble keeping a female coach very long??

KEK
Reply to  SUNY Cal
4 years ago

Brager is a Badger Alum thus pretty obvious when the opportunity arose she jumped at the chance. Previous women’s assistant Tansel left when husband had an opportunity to a promotion elsewhere. Not seeing where you see “trouble” keeping female coaches.

completelyconquered
4 years ago

Caskey used to crush Yeti’s in Winterfell, now he just roams the greater Wisconsin area to crush them.

anonymous
Reply to  completelyconquered
4 years ago

Please, what is the story?

Muddy Canary
Reply to  anonymous
4 years ago

I think maybe Neil is akin to the great Sasquatch, in his ability to eat beef jerky, and amount of body hair.

Annph
4 years ago

Best of luck!!! You will be missed.

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