May 17, 2011
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin head women’s basketball coach Bobbie Kelsey has completed her coaching staff with the hiring of three assistant coaches. Former Badger Kyle (Black) Rechlicz joins Stacy Cantley and Alysiah (a LYE sha) Bond in completing Kelsey’s staff. All three will begin their duties June 1.
Kyle (Black) Rechlicz
Rechlicz, who played for Wisconsin from 1998-2002, has served 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 alumnae 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."
Cantley comes to Wisconsin after serving as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech for the last seven years, including three seasons with Kelsey. 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.
“I am so excited to be a part of the Wisconsin program,” said Cantley. “When I came on my interview, everyone I met there was wonderful. Obviously, there is a lot of support for the women’s basketball program and for the athletic department in general. I am just very happy to be a part of that.
“Bobbie and I go way back. I love her enthusiasm – it is so contagious with everyone involved in the program. We both have the same philosophy. She is so dedicated to women’s basketball and the players. I am excited, honored and blessed to have this opportunity to work with her again.”
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.
"The hiring of Stacy Cantley is another valuable addition to my staff as she brings enormous coaching experience,” said Kelsey. “Stacy not only has experience coaching and recruiting at the highest level of women's basketball but she was also an aggressive and tough post player during her playing days at UNC Wilmington.
“It is my expectation that she will coach our posts to embody this same level of toughness as well as recruit student-athletes who will model this mentality. The faith and trust I have in her work ethic and ability to promote the greatest standard of excellence here at Wisconsin will make for a very smooth transition for our program."
A former team captain at Ohio State, Bond has been the director of operations for the University of Arizona women’s basketball program for the last three seasons. Bond joined the Arizona staff for the 2008-09 season after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida. At UCF, Bond was responsible for the development of the perimeter players, scouting and recruiting.
“I am quite fortunate to have competed in the Big Ten as a student-athlete and to have worked in the league office under great leadership. As a result, I have always been a follower and supporter of Big Ten athletics. It is an honor for me to now to serve as an assistant coach at Wisconsin and I will do so with the energy, passion and commitment that is owed to each current, former and future Badger.
“Make no mistake about it, my respect for Bobbie Kelsey is what brought me to Madison. When you spend time with her, it quickly becomes evident that she champions the cause of young people with great pride and enthusiasm. Simply said, she does things the right way with a true student-athlete first mentality and a drive and work ethic that really gives substance to her words.
Before her stint at UCF, Bond was an assistant coach at Murray State and also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee State University.
From 1998-2001, Bond served as the director of women's basketball operations at the University of Tennessee under the direction of Hall of Fame head coach Pat Summitt. She also held the position of Director of Special Programs for USA Basketball from 1997-98.
In addition to her coaching and administrative background, Bond has extensive experience in sports broadcasting. She served as a color analyst for Lady Vols telecasts from 2000-03 and Ohio State women's basketball radio broadcasts during the 2003-04 season. She also worked as a sports anchor, reporter and producer at NBC affiliates in both Knoxville, Tenn., and Columbus, Ohio.
"Alysiah Bond is no stranger to success on a national level and it is with this knowledge that I welcome her to the Badger program,” said Kelsey. “As a former Big Ten point guard, Alysiah will draw upon her collegiate experience and Midwest ties to attract the type of student-athlete that will propel Wisconsin basketball to new heights.
“I am especially excited to welcome Alysiah to the program as she can share with our current student-athletes what is like to play for a national championship. Her coaching and playing experiences should also bode well when speaking with recruits and their families during the recruiting process. I am ecstatic about what her contributions will do for our program."
A native of Los Angeles, Bond played point guard at Ohio State for four seasons, helping the Buckeyes advance to the NCAA championship game in 1993. She was named OSU's best defensive player and team captain during her final two seasons. Bond graduated from Ohio State in 1995 with a degree in marketing.