Badgers head coach Gary Andersen made his first trip to the Wausau area, speaking at a dinner held at Dale's Weston Lanes.
The Mendota Gridiron Club hosted the sold-out event that saw nearly 300 people attend.
"It's good to see a lot of Badger fans and a lot of familiar faces and a lot of the coaching staff," Medford-native Jeff Hemer said. People that we've met over the years."
Hemer is the father of Ethan and Jeff Hemer, who will both play for the Badgers this season. Ethan just finished his third full season with Wisconsin while younger brother, Jeff, committed to the Badgers as a walk-on earlier this year.
Andersen spoke to the crowd and answered questions from fans, high school players and coaches that attended the event. This was his third stop outside of Madison this spring, visiting Milwaukee and Oshkosh before visiting Central Wisconsin for the first time ever.
"It's great for us to have an opportunity to travel, have an opportunity to come up here and really just say thank you," Andersen said. At the end of the day, thats what we're trying to get done. We love our time here."
Andersen heads back to Madison after his visit in Weston and fans in the area say they hope events like this one can help boost recruiting in Central Wisconsin.
"There's a lot of kids in this area that play good football," said former Badgers tight end Dave Arneson. "They've got a lot on the Badgers squad the last few years, including my son, which is nice."
"The kids that are core, that make the team, are from Wisconsin."
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