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January 3, 2013

Two spots left to fill on staff

Two days after Wisconsin's loss to Stanford in the Rose Bowl, newly hired head coach Gary Andersen announced seven hires on his first coaching staff at UW.

Andersen will retain running backs coach Thomas Hammock and secondary coach Ben Strickland -- both key recruiters on the East Coast and Wisconsin, respectively -- while brining over Dave Aranda (defensvie coordinator), Bill Busch (secondary) and T.J. Woods (offensive line) from his 2012 staff at Utah State.

Andy Ludwig, who spent the last two seasons at San Diego State, was also announced as the offensive coordinator while Chad Kauha'aha'a, who was previously at Utah, will coach the defensive line, according to the release.

"I am excited by the staff we have been able to assemble," Andersen said in a release on the school's Web site. "They are quality coaches who bring the experience and philosophies that will enable us to continue playing great offense and defense at Wisconsin. They are also individuals who take care of kids first and will coach them in the right way.

"I have previously worked with the five coaches we are bringing in and I have gotten to know Thomas and Ben in the last few weeks so that familiarity will be beneficial. Both on offense and defense, these coaches have shown a lot of flexibility within their systems, and their main goal is to get the best 11 players on the field and build around their strengths. Our style on offense will be very familiar to Wisconsin fans while on defense I am confident that we can continue the great tradition of tough and physical units that has been established here."

Two coaching spots on the staff remain to be filled with openings at wide receiver and tight ends. Bart Miller, who coached the Badgers offensive line this past season, is still a candidate to take over at the tight ends position.

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