John Walsh (1991)


  • Named head boxing coach at Wisconsin in 1934, the same year he enrolled in law school at UW
  • Coached the Badgers to a 116-22-1 (.838) dual record in 23 seasons
  • Nine of his teams were undefeated in dual competition and eight won national collegiate championships
  • Twenty-nine different Badgers won 35 NCAA titles during his tenure, earning him the nickname “Producer of Champions”
  • Credited with elevating the boxing program from intramural status into an intercollegiate program that rivaled football and basketball for campus popularity
  • Earned fame for his 1954 quote to Esquire magazine when he said “a left hook is a boys’ best friend”
  • Organized the College Boxing Association and served as its first president
  • Served as co-coach of the 1948 U.S. Olympic boxing squad
  • Member of the Madison Pen and Mike Club-Bowman Sports Foundation Hall of Fame
  • The John J. Walsh Scholarship is given annually to a needy student in the University of Wisconsin Law School