Stacy Cantley is in her third season as an assistant coach. In 2013 she helped guide Jacki Gulczynski to a honorable mention All-Big Ten honor, while in her first season, she aided forward Anya Covington to consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.
Cantley came to Wisconsin after serving as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech for seven years. She coached with UW head coach Bobbie Kelsey for three seasons from 2004-07. The Hokies advanced to three post-season tournaments, including two NCAA tournament appearances. Tech advanced to the second round of the post-season classic in 2005 and 2006. Cantley coached two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree Kerri Gardin and Nari Daiwara, the highest WNBA draftee in Virginia Tech history.
"Our team has made tremendous strides over the last couple of years," Cantley said. "We have a great group of players that work extremely hard and know what it takes to win. They have `bought in' to our system and know that we expect nothing but the best from them. The future of our program looks very bright and we look forward to competing for a Big Ten championship every year."
Cantley coached for three seasons at Western Carolina from 2001-04. The Catamounts won 21 games in 2002-03 behind first-team All-Southern Conference selection Jennifer Gardner. Prior to Western Carolina, Cantley coached at her alma mater, UNC Wilmington, for three seasons, aiding the Seahawks to the championship game of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in 2000 with an 18-12 record.
A native of Beckley, W.V., Cantley earned her bachelor's degree in physical education in 1999 from UNC Wilmington, where she was a four-year letterwinner in basketball. She finished her career at Wilmington on the school's top 10 all-time list in rebounds.