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Bobbie Kelsey
Bobbie  Kelsey

Decatur, Ga.

High School:
Stanford '96

Last College:
Stanford '96

Head Coach

In her four seasons at Wisconsin, Bobbie Kelsey has been building a program the right way. By playing exciting basketball against some of the best teams in the nation, the Badgers are beginning to attract attention across the country.

“Our program exemplifies class, toughness and a winning culture," Kelsey said. "We are looking for players to come in and make an immediate impact on the program."

Kelsey's Badgers have played some of the toughest schedules in the nation. Wisconsin played 14 teams that competed in post-season tournaments in 2013-14, finishing with the 28th toughest schedule. UW had the 15th toughest schedule in 2012-13, playing 18 games against post-season teams. Kelsey's team upset No. 8 Penn State at home in 2013 and also won a game in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2010.

The Badgers have battled some of the nation's best teams, losing 11 games by single digits in 2012-13 and dropping 10 games in 2013-14 by 10-or-fewer points.

UW records have become a matter of fact under Kelsey as the Badgers set six school records in 2011-12, 13 UW single-game or season marks in 2012-13, including the school record for free throw percentage two straight seasons. Wisconsin also broke five single-game or season records in 2013-14.

Individual awards have also come to the Badgers under Kelsey. Michala Johnson earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2014, becoming the first UW player named to that team since 2008. Taylor Wurtz and Anya Covington earned All-Big Ten honors in 2012 while Morgan Paige and Jacki Gulczynski were honored in 2013. Nicole Bauman earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in 2015.

Academic honors have also improved under Kelsey. After only one Academic All-Big Ten honoree in her first season, the Badgers had six honorees in 2013-14, including three-time honoree Morgan Paige.

"Our academic standards and quality of education, as well as the enthusiasm for Badger athletics, makes Wisconsin a prime destination for athletes who want the best of both worlds," Kelsey said. "We are known as a program that emphasizes player development. Not only do our players improve on the court, but they are good students and wear the motion W with pride."

Kelsey came to Wisconsin after four seasons as an assistant at top-ranked Stanford. The Cardinal compiled a 137-14 (.907) record, including a 69-3 (.958) mark in Pac-10 conference play, and advanced to the Final Four each year during her time there. Stanford's streak of four-straight Final Fours is tied for the second-longest streak in NCAA history. Prior to Kelsey's arrival, Stanford had not advanced to the Final Four since 1997.

The Bobbie Kelsey File
Coaching Experience
2011-13 Wisconsin Head Coach
2007-11 Stanford Asst. Coach
2004-07 Virginia Tech Asst. Coach
2002-04 Western Carolina Asst. Coach
2000-02 Evansville Asst. Coach
1998-00 Florida Asst. Coach
1996-97 Boise State Asst. Coach
Playing Career
• Four-year letterwinner at Stanford
• Member of the 1992 NCAA Championship team
• Cardinal appeared in three Final Fours
• Two-time team captain
• Two-time team most inspirational player
• Named most improved as a redshirt freshman
Notable Athletes at Wisconsin
• Michala Johnson - 2014 First Team All-Big Ten
• Anya Covington - 2012 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten
• Jacki Gulczynski - 2013 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten
• Morgan Paige - 2013 Third Team All-Big Ten
• Taylor Wurtz - 2012 Third Team All-Big Ten; 2014 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten
Other Notable Athletes
• Jeannette Pohlen (Stanford) - 2011 All-American; WNBA Indiana Fever, 2011-13
• Jayne Appel (Stanford) - 2010 All-American; WNBa San Antonio Silver Stars, 2010
• Kayla Pedersen (Stanford) - 2011 All-Pac 10; WNBA Tulsa Shock, 2011-13
• Kerri Gardin (Virginia Tech) - WNBA Connecticut Sun, 2008-10; Washington Mystics, 2011
• Candice Wiggins (Stanford) - 2008 Wade Trophy winner; Four-time All-American; WNBA Minnesota Lynx, 2008-12; Tulsa Shock, 2013

"Our players leave Wisconsin with a degree that will take them far in life, accomplishing their career aspirations," Kelsey said. "We have built this program from the ground up and building takes time. We are seeing the fruits of our labor each and every year. The future of the program is on the rise.”

In addition to coaching at Stanford under Hall of Fame head coach Tara VanDerveer for the last four seasons, Kelsey was a four-year letterwinner at Stanford from 1992-96. She helped the Cardinal to three Final Four appearances in five years as a player, including the 1992 NCAA championship. Kelsey was a team co-captain in 1995 and 1996, voted the team's Most Inspirational Player in 1992 and 1996, and named the team's most improved player in 1993.

"I am thrilled to be able to welcome Bobbie to the Badger family," Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said on the hiring of Kelsey. "Her record of success everywhere she has been speaks for itself. I was obviously very impressed with her resume and was convinced she was the right person for the job once I got the chance to meet with her in person. She has a definite plan for how to bring success to our women's basketball team and the knowledge and enthusiasm to execute that plan."

Stanford completed its 2010-11 season with yet another Final Four appearance. The Cardinal finished with a 33-3 record, falling to Texas A&M on a lay-up in the final seconds in the national semifinal. Stanford earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament after going a perfect 18-0 in Pac-10 play and winning the conference tournament.

Among the milestones achieved by the Cardinal was running their Pac-10 winning streak to 49 games and snapping Connecticut's NCAA-record 90-game winning streak with a victory over the Huskies on Dec. 30, 2010.

In 2009-10, Stanford set a program record with 36 wins as the Cardinal went 36-2 and captured the Pac-10 double (regular season and tournament titles) while going 18-0 in Pac-10 play for the fifth time in program history. That followed a season in which Kelsey helped the Cardinal to a 33-5 overall record as well as the program's ninth consecutive Pac-10 regular season title and sixth Pac-10 Tournament crown.

Kelsey's first season on the Stanford coaching staff saw the Cardinal make its seventh appearance in the Final Four, and first since 1997. The Cardinal also reached the national championship game for the first time since 1992, Kelsey's first season as a player.

Kelsey was instrumental in transforming Stanford into one of the best defensive teams in the country. The top three scoring defense seasons in Stanford history came during Kelsey's tenure as an assistant as the Cardinal has not allowed more than 56.0 points for the season in the last three years.

Prior to returning to Stanford, Kelsey spent three seasons at Virginia Tech, helping guide the Hokies to three consecutive postseason appearances, including NCAA tournament berths in 2005 and 2006.

From 2002-04, Kelsey served as an assistant coach at Western Carolina and worked primarily with the post players while assisting with recruiting and camps. She coached 2002-03 Southern Conference Player of the Year Tiffany Hamm as well as Jennifer Gardner, the league's most accurate shooter that same year, making over 51 percent of her shots.

Kelsey spent the 2000-02 seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Evansville. Prior to her stint with the Aces, she was an assistant coach at Florida for two seasons where she was responsible for film exchange, scouting and coaching the posts. Kelsey helped the Lady Gators to back-to-back postseason appearances, including an NCAA tournament trip in 1999 and a trip to the WNIT championship game vs. Wisconsin in 2000.

Prior to her tenure at Florida, Kelsey served as a practice player for the Atlanta Glory of the American Basketball League for one year and as an assistant at Boise State in 1996-97.

Kelsey graduated from Stanford in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in communications. She earned her master's degree from Duquesne University from the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement in Sports Leadership.

Kelsey's Coaching Record
Season School Record Conference Finish (Record) Postseason
1996-97 Boise State 9-17 Big West 4th Eastern (7-7)
1998-99 Florida 19-14 Southeastern T-8th (6-8) NCAA First Round
1999-00 Florida 21-13 Southeastern T-6th (6-8) WNIT Runner-up (to UW)
2000-01 Evansville 13-15 Missouri Valley T-5th (5-13)
2001-02 Evansville 15-15 Missouri Valley T-4th (9-9)
2002-03 Western Carolina 21-7 Southern 2nd (14-4)
2003-04 Western Carolina 14-17 Southern 6th (10-10)
2004-05 Virginia Tech 17-12 Atlantic Coast 7th (6-8) NCAA First Round
2005-06 Virginia Tech 21-10 Atlantic Coast T-6th (6-8) NCAA Second Round
2006-07 Virginia Tech 19-15 Atlantic Coast 7th (6-8) WNIT Sweet 16
2007-08 Stanford 35-4 Pac-10 1st (16-2) NCAA Runner-up
2008-09 Stanford 33-5 Pac-10 1st (17-1) NCAA Final Four
2009-10 Stanford 36-2 Pac-10 1st (18-0) NCAA Runner-up
2010-11 Stanford 33-3 Pac-10 1st (18-0) NCAA Final Four
14 years Assistant Coach Totals 296-149
2011-12 Wisconsin 9-20 Big Ten T9th (5-11)
2012-13 Wisconsin 12-19 Big Ten 11th (3-13)
2013-14 Wisconsin 10-19 Big Ten 11th (3-13)
3 years 31-58

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