Aug. 19, 2010
UWBadgers.com caught up with former Wisconsin women’s basketball player Stephanie Rich. Rich, who is currently the assistant women’s basketball coach at Saint Louis University, competed for the Badgers from 2001-2005.
In her final season with the Cardinal and White, the Crawfordsville, Iowa, native, averaged 10.2 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game. During her final campaign with the Badgers, Rich ranked third in the Big Ten with 4.07 assists per game and was first in the league in 3-pointers made with 2.21 per game. She completed her stint at the UW just 22 points shy of 1,000 career points.
UWBadgers.com: Where are you living and working now?
Rich: I am living in St. Louis, MO where I am the assistant women’s basketball coach at Saint Louis University. We actually open up with the Badgers on Nov. 12th :)
UWBadgers.com: What is your favorite memory from being at Wisconsin?
Rich: I absolutely love my teammates!! You always wonder if you made the right college choice and I know I did because of the people who are in my life. I can’t imagine where I’d be if I wasn’t a Bagder!
UWBadgers.com: What was the best thing about being a Badger?
Rich: The best thing was playing at the Kohl Center and getting to travel around to some of the best college basketball arena is the country.
UWBadgers.com: What life lessons did you learn during college?
Rich: Time management would be number one!! You have to be able to balance your life as a D1 athlete. Classes, workouts, practice, community service, travel…it takes time and if you don’t know how to control your time, it can get out of control very quickly. I had no problem adjusting to a full time job because of my busy schedule in college.
UWBadgers.com: What was your favorite class at Wisconsin?
Rich: I really enjoyed all of my marketing classes.
UWBadgers.com: What was your favorite part of campus? Where did you spend most of your time?
Rich: Favorite part of campus was sitting outside at the Union in the summer time, but I spent most of my time at the Kohl Center!
UWBadgers.com: What advice would you give current student-athletes?
As a former student-athlete:
Enjoy every moment because it goes by fast! You’ll never live four years like it again in your life. It’s not going to be easy but if you embrace it and take advantage of the unbelievable opportunity of being a D1 student-athlete, you’ll be successful on and off the court/field! Have fun and create an experience you’ll never forget or regret!
As a coach:
Remember, when you step foot on campus, you are no longer being recruited. That process is over! You are there for a reason and that is to be great in the classroom and on the court/field/track. You were recruited to produce and it is up to you to do your part. Your coaches saw something special in you as an athlete and a person. You made a promise like your coaches did…deliver on that promise. You only get 4 years to play a college sports and then it is over. You have to work hard and put the time into sport outside of practice. If you want to waste your experience, the only person you have to blame is yourself.
I’ll leave you with two things:
#1 – You signed the NLI, not your parents. If you have a problem or an issue, you talk to the coach. Don’t let your parents fight your battles.
#2 – It’s your coaches’ job to recruit over you, it’s your job to keep your spot!
UWBadgers.com: Do you follow the Badgers or get to see any teams play?
Rich: I definitely follow the Badgers but because of my busy schedule. I’m not able to get to as many games as I’d like to. Since I’ve graduated I’ve been to one football game and one women’s basketball game. But I’m always following the Badgers online or watching games on TV…can’t wait for football!