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New Hockey Coach Sets Goal at SoHE


On July 13, Granato read to children in the SoHE Preschool Lab on chameleons and crocodiles.

New Hockey Coach Comes Back to the Badgers & SoHE

Granato was the second player in UW history (Mark Johnson is the other) with triple figures in both career goals (100) and assists (120).
Back in the Day Shot: Granato was the second player in UW history (Mark Johnson is the other) with triple figures in both career goals (100) and assists (120).

The new men’s hockey coach, Tony Granato, has returned to UW-Madison and the School of Human Ecology to finish his Human Development and Family Studies degree. Granato played for the Badgers from 1983 to 1987, but left prior to getting a diploma to pursue a professional career in hockey. Now after playing and coaching in the NHL, he’s back leading his college team and finishing what he started 29 years ago. Granato took the coveted athletic job just 15 credits shy of earning his diploma and is already back to class taking summer courses on campus.

“It’s been fun to get a different perspective after being back,” Tony Granato said. “It’s been really busy, but it gives me a new perspective on what athletes go through on a day-to-day basis for managing time.”

Read more about Granato’s pursuit of a degree, his return, and his hiring. Click for more about Granato’s departure in Detroit for his new role at UW-Madison.

More About Granato

During his time at Wisconsin during the 1980’s, Granato played as a 5’10”, 185 lb. left wing for UW-Madison, racking in 100 goals and 120 assists. After two seasons, he left to play professionally with the USA Olympic Team. Granato played in the NHL for the New York Rangers as a sixth-round draft pick.

After joining the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, he retired in 2001 and went into coaching with the Colorado Avalanche, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Detroit Red Wings. Read more about Granato’s hockey career.

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