The Wisconsin women's basketball team shares holiday traditions, wishes and memories
Kyle (Black) Rechlicz, who played for Wisconsin from 1998-2002, is in her first year as an assistant coach after serving as an assistant coach and associate head coach at the University of Dayton for the last four seasons. She was hired as assistant coach with the Flyers in 2007 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2010.
"I am thrilled about the opportunity to be back at the University of Wisconsin to be a part of rebuilding my alma mater," said Rechlicz, who graduated from the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy in 2010. "I feel that Coach Bobbie Kelsey's leadership qualities and experience at such a high level is exactly what the Badgers need to competitively compete nationally. I appreciate her giving me the chance to be a part of it. It is my hope to link the alumni and the community back to the UW women's basketball program and put Wisconsin back on the Big Ten map."
As a Badger, Rechlicz aided Wisconsin to four post-season appearances, including NCAA tournament berths in 2001 and 2002. She was one of Wisconsin's premier 3-point shooters, setting a school record with seven (of 11) 3-pointers in collecting a career-high 26 points vs. Holy Cross. The Indianapolis native led the Big Ten Conference as a junior, hitting 40.6 percent from beyond the arc. As a senior, Rechlicz earned her second Academic All-Big Ten honor while averaging a career-best 12.1 points per game.
The Flyers made four post-season appearances during Rechlicz's tenure, including two NCAA tournament berths. Dayton advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2009-10, finishing 25-8 on the season. The Flyers also appeared in the NCAA tournament in 2010, losing in the first round to Penn State. Dayton made WNIT appearances in 2008 and 2009, advancing to the second round in 2009. The Flyers have won at least 21 games the last four seasons.
Rechlicz coached three members of the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team at Dayton, including Justine Raterman, the 2009 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year.
Rechliz also spent four years as the recruiting coordinator at Cleveland State University under former UW assistant coach Kate Peterson Abiad. CSU signed a Horizon League All-Newcomer Team pick in 2003 and had another freshman that was ranked as the 20th-best shooting guard in the nation and went on to earn All-Newcomer and All-Defensive Team honors from the Horizon League in 2006.
Rechlicz coached the 2006-07 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year as well as two other guards that earned Horizon League All-Newcomer Team honors. Rechlicz also mentored a first-team All-Horizon League pick during her time at CSU.
After finishing her playing career for Wisconsin in 2002, Rechlicz served in 2002-03 as a student assistant coach for the Badgers. She graduated from Wisconsin in 2003 with a double major, earning degrees in business-marketing and risk management/insurance.
"It is truly an honor to welcome a Wisconsin women's basketball alumna back to our Badger family with the hiring of Kyle Black Rechlicz," said Kelsey. "As a former Badger, Kyle was an integral member of one of the most successful teams in program history during her time here in Madison.
"Kyle will contribute a wealth of knowledge concerning our basketball program, university, and Madison community. She has experience in every area essential to running a successful program including recruiting the most athletically talented and academically astute student-athletes to become Badgers.Kyle has the passion and love for Wisconsin basketball that is invaluable as we move forward toward our goal of winning a Big Ten championship."