Hankwitz will be defensive coordinator for Badgers

Updated: January 16, 2006, 2:41 AM ET
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin has hired Colorado defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz as an assistant coach.

He also will serve as defensive coordinator at Wisconsin, new coach Bret Bielema announced Sunday.

Hankwitz worked the last two seasons as defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Colorado. He served as Colorado's interim head coach until Boise State coach Dan Hawkins permanently took over for Gary Barnett, who was forced to step down Dec. 8.

Hankwitz also has held coaching jobs at Arizona, Texas A&M, Kansas, Western Michigan and Purdue. He began his 36-year coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Michigan.

He's coached in 15 bowl games and for seven conference championship teams in the past 18 years.

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