When it comes to American college football, there is a coach name that rings a bell. The name is Bret Bielema. Bret played college football as a defensive lineman at the University of Iowa from 1989 to 1992 under coach Hayden Fry and served as a team captain in his senior season. He also played for a team in the Arena Football League, the Milwaukee Mustangs.
Bret Bielema Biography – Age
Bret Bielema was born Bret Arnold Bielema on January 13, 1970, to his parents – Arnie Bielema (father) and Marilyn Bielema (mother). His two sisters are Brandi Bielema and Betsy Bielema. Bret is from Prophetstown, Illinois. There is no information as regards the high school he attended but for college, he attended the University of Iowa where he gained a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He served as a football head coach at the University of Wisconsin, Madison from 2006 to 2012.
In his first season as the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers, Bret Bielema’s team ended the regular season 11-1 (7-1 in Big Ten Conference play) with a 14-0 victory over San Diego State on September 16, 2006. This made Bret become the third coach of Wisconsin to win the first three games of his career. In November 2006, with a 24-21 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes, Bret Bielema became the first head coach in Big Ten history to win ten games in his first season.
Bret was nominated a finalist for the 2010 Bear Bryant Award, an award which was given to football’s Coach of the Year. He, however, lost the award to Gene Chizik of Auburn. Bret Bielema is the only coach in the history of Wisconsin to lose consecutive Rose Bowls. On December 4, 2012, Bret announced that he’s leaving Wisconsin to become the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks (University of Arkansas). He left partly because he felt his assistant coaches were not paid well and also because he wanted to play in the Southeastern Conference. His first season did not start off very well and it was the Razorbacks worst Southeastern Conference record since entering the conference in 1992.
There was some improvement in his second season. Bret won his first two Southeastern Conference games in a dominating fashion. Although Arkansas lost their remaining conference games against Missouri, they were still the first unranked team in college football history to knock out two consecutive ranked opponents. In his third season, the team got off to a slow start and also suffered some losses. They lost to Toledo and Texas Tech in the non-conference.
The fourth season ended with two embarrassing defeats at the hands of Missouri in the regular season finale. After five seasons as Arkansas’s head coach, Bret was fired from his position as head coach on November 24, 2017, following a humiliating 48–45 home loss to the Missouri Tigers. And after his 5-year tenure at the helm, he left Arkansas with the worst coaching record in the school’s history.
His Annual Salary, What is He Worth?
Bret Bielema received a raise in 2014 that saw his salary rise from $3.2 million to $4 million for the 2015 season and an average of $4.25 million over the life of the contract. As an American college football coach, Bret had an estimated net worth of $8 million and received $4.14 million in salary. After being fired in November, he would become the fourth FBS coach to receive a contract buyout in excess of $10 million.
Bret Bielema’s Wife and Kids
Bret Bielema got engaged to his wife, Jennifer Hielsberg on April 1, 2011, after they had dated each other for four years. After a year, they got married on March 10, 2012. The couple exchanged their vows at a Catholic church. In December 2016, Bret announced via his wife twitter that they were expecting their first baby. Jennifer gave birth to a baby girl whom they named Briella Nichole Bielema.
Height, Weight and Other Facts
Bret Bielema is said to be the highest paid coach in Arkansas.
He is the eighth Southeastern coach to cross the $4 million per season threshold.
Before he became famous, Bret Bielema was the captain of the football team at the University of Iowa.
He made history in 2006 by winning his first ten games of his debut season at Wisconsin. Bret Bielema was the first Big Ten coach to achieve such feat.
He has worked under notable head coaches and they include Hayden Fry: Iowa (1994-1998), Kirk Ferentz: Iowa (1999-2001), Bill Snyder: Kansas State (2002-2003) and Barry Alvarez: Wisconsin (2004-2005).
Details of his body measurements are unknown (including his height and weight), but from his physical appearance, the giant coach seems to be shedding some weight.