Jon Budmayr is a name likely familiar to plenty in Badger fandom. He’s also a name that has quietly been building an impressive resume in the background of head coach Paul Chryst’s coaching staff.
Budmayr was a quarterback for the Badgers when Chryst was the offensive coordinator, but had to retire from football due to injuries following the 2010 season.
After a few years as an assistant quarterbacks coach at UW, Budmayr takes on an official role as the quarterbacks coach for Chryst’s staff this upcoming season. But, this isn’t the first time the two have coached together, as Budmayr was a graduate assistant with Chryst during his final year at Pitt.
So, he’s got plenty of knowledge of who Budmayr is as a coach and a former quarterback himself.
“Jon is a tremendous young coach,” Chryst said. “He excels as a teacher and has great knowledge of our offense and quarterback play. He truly cares about the young men in this program. I am excited to add him to our coaching staff.”
Not only that, but Budmayr has been the primary point of contact on the recruiting trail for the quarterback position since he arrived at Wisconsin. He’s the one that evaluated the likes of Karé Lyles, Jack Coan, Chase Wolf and 2019 4-star verbal commit Graham Mertz, who ranks as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in his class.
“I’m extremely appreciative and excited for this opportunity to be at Wisconsin and continue this journey of coaching,” Budmayr said. “Having played for, and now worked with, Coach Chryst for a number of years, I’ve gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about the nuances that go into coaching the position and all the detail that is involved. That has prepared me very well for this opportunity. Now it’s my job to help a terrific group of young men that we have in our quarterback group gain that understanding as well.”
Budmayr has been waiting in the wings to be elevated to more than the “assistant quarterbacks coach” for a while and with the NCAA allowing a 10th assistant coach, this is a move that was easy to see coming.
It will be interesting to see how he goes about elevating returning starter Alex Hornibrook’s game as well as developing a very intriguing group of quarterbacks behind him.