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Kyle Rechlicz is the new head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team.
She was named the seventh coach in program history in May of 2012 and comes to the Milwaukee Panthers from the University of Wisconsin. There she served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Badgers during the 2011-12 campaign.
"We believe Kyle is the right person for the future of UWM Women's Basketball," said Chancellor Michael R. Lovell. "Her outstanding experience as a coach, recruiter and player will carry on the strong tradition of our basketball program and make her a wonderful successor to Sandy Botham."
"I am looking forward to building a championship Horizon League program that features an exciting style of basketball, focuses on student-athletes being prepared for life after their playing days, and links the student body, community and alumni to Panther Women's Basketball," Rechlicz said.
Many Wisconsin basketball fans may better know Rechlicz as Kyle Black, who was a key member of very successful UW women's basketball teams from 1998-2002. For the 2000-01 and 2001-02 teams that went to the NCAA tournament, she served as co-captain and was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.
Since her playing days, Rechlicz has been associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Dayton (2007-2011) and the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Cleveland State (2003-2007).
Rechlicz, who was brought back to her alma mater in April 2011 by then first-year head coach Bobbie Kelsey, directed the UW-Madison recruiting efforts that led to the signing of five highly regarded players and one transfer from Connecticut. She also assisted with all aspects of on-court coaching, with specific responsibility for player preparation and skill development of guards.
As a Badger, Rechlicz helped guide Wisconsin to four postseason 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 3-pointers in collecting a career-high 26 points against Holy Cross. She led the Big Ten Conference in three-point field goal percentage 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 postseason appearances during Rechlicz's tenure there, 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.
What They Are Saying About Kyle Rechlicz
"Kyle has been preparing for this moment her entire life. She has always wanted to be a coach and has studied the game of basketball and countless coaches to be prepared for when she had her very own team. She will be one of the best in the business and I cannot wait to follow her success in Milwaukee."
-Jane Albright, University of Nevada women's basketball coach
"Kyle is a very good coach. She is very organized, she knows the game and she is going to bring an energy and a passion that you haven't seen before for basketball - and for this program - now that she is the head coach. We hate to lose her, but we understand that this is a dream of hers and we support her."
-Bobbie Kelsey, University of Wisconsin women's basketball coach
"UWM has found a great, young coach in Kyle. She will work very hard, will be very organized and recruit harder than anyone you've ever seen. She knows the game better than anyone I've been around. She helped our program a great deal and we wish her nothing but the best."
-Jim Jabir, University of Dayton women's basketball coach