Former Badgers, NFL safety Leonhard named Wisconsin secondary coach

Jim Leonhard was a three-time first-team All-American at Wisconsin, where he played safety from 2001-04.

Wisconsin has once again turned to one of its former players to fill out its coaching staff.

Jim Leonhard, who starred as a safety with the Badgers from 2001-04 before embarking on a 10-year NFL career, was named the Badgers’ new secondary coach. Wisconsin had the position to fill after Daronte Jones left the program for a position with the Miami Dolphins.

This will be the first coaching job for Leonard, who was elected to the school’s athletic Hall of Fame this past summer. But he’ll be another familiar face, joining several ex-Badgers in Wisconsin’s coaching ranks, including head coach Paul Chryst, offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph and tight ends coach Mickey Turner.

Undrafted, Leonhard played in the NFL for 10 seasons with the Bills, Ravens, Saints, Jets, Broncos and Browns. He retired followig the 2014 season having recorded 427 tackles and 14 interceptions.