Big commits, $2.75 million contract for Badgers coach Granato

The Wisconsin Badgers made a splash with their newest head coach, signing UW alum Tony Granato, as well as assistant coaches Don Granato and Mark Osiecki, back in March.

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University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is out to fix his school’s ailing hockey program, and he’s willing to open his checkbook to get it done.

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Recently hired head coach Tony Granato’s contract is set to pay out $2.75 million over five years, according to information released by the program, including a base salary of $400,000 for the 2016-17 season.

His assistants, younger brother Don Granato and fellow UW alum Mark Osiecki, were both offered three-year contracts with base salaries of $200,000.

And while the former Detroit Red Wings assistant is still getting settled in as head coach he’s already getting good news.

U.S. National Team Development Program defenseman James Greenway announced on Twitter that he is committing to the Badgers, joining USNTDP teammate Trent Frederic, who signed a national letter of intent last month.

Frederic ranked fourth on the team in scoring at the IIHF U-18 World Championship last month, helping the U.S. to a bronze medal.

The brother of Boston University freshman and Minnesota Wild prospect Jordan Greenway, the younger Greenway picked up seven points in the tournament, notching two assists in the bronze medal game, a 10-3 rout of Canada.

Tony Granato is looking to turn around a Badgers program which has fallen on hard times the past couple of seasons, winning just a combined 12 games and resulting in the firing of head coach Mike Eaves, who won a national title in 2006. So far, it looks like Granato is off to a good start.