June 11, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - Jayme Callahan has joined the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball staff, head coach Bobbie Kelsey announced today. Callahan began her duties today as the Badgers’ recruiting coordinator, taking over for Kyle Rechlicz, who was named the head coach at Milwaukee in May.
"We have hit an absolute home run with the addition of Jayme to our coaching staff,” says Kelsey. “It is an extremely difficult task to find and attract the caliber of personality and coaching ability that Jayme possesses so we are truly blessed that she decided to join the Badgers.
“Jayme brings a wealth of experience to our staff not only as an assistant coach at the BCS level but also as a former head coach at the high school and Division III level. Her dedication to player development, teaching the game and recruiting the best players will no doubt support our goal of taking this program to a national level. Jayme will do a fantastic job."
Callahan comes to Wisconsin after serving as an assistant coach at Clemson University for one season. The St. Louis native also served as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at La Salle University in 2010-11. She signed two top-100 players and four McDonald’s All-America nominees while with the Explorers.
"I'm so excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Wisconsin's women's basketball program,” says Callahan. “When I came on my visit, I quickly fell in love with the people and the energy. The university has so much pride and it is in a beautiful city.
"After speaking with Bobbie about her vision of the program, her enthusiasm is contagious. She and her staff have the program headed in a great direction and I am excited to help take it to the next level. It is a tremendous opportunity to work in the Big Ten Conference and with this awesome staff."
Callahan also spent two seasons at Southeast Missouri as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2008-10 and was also a head coach at Division III Webster University for two seasons.
Callahan's other coaching stops have included one year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (2005-06) and three seasons as a head coach at two prep programs. In her only season at Putnam County High (Unionville, Mo.) she was named Tri Rivers Conference and District Coach of the Year (2002-03) and she was at Trinity Catholic High School (St. Louis) for two years (2003-05).
Callahan earned a degree in health promotion and wellness in 2002 from Missouri Southern State (Joplin, Mo.), where she started at point guard all four years. She completed her career atop the Lions' all-time career steals list with 225 and games started with 107, starting every game since her freshman season. She also ranks second on the school's career assist chart with 429.