Anya Covington begins her second season as an assistant women's basketball coach for the 2017-18 season.
In just her first year on campus, Covington already made a big impact by helping the Panthers tie the program record with 22 wins. Milwaukee also notched its first two postseason wins in program history, advancing to the semifinals of the WBI.
"Anya brings both coaching and playing experience to our veteran team,” Rechlicz said. “I was fortunate to be able to coach her for one year at Wisconsin. She played with the heart and passion that we want all of our players to exude here at Milwaukee. She also cares about her athletes far beyond basketball and I am excited to watch them learn from her. I know she will also challenge our staff to become better and bring new, fresh ideas to the table daily. We are very fortunate to have ‘Coach Ya’ as a Panther."
Covington comes to Milwaukee after one year as an assistant coach with the Badgers.
"It's my great honor to become a member of the Panther family, to be able to learn from coach Rechlicz, and to learn from the talented and diverse staff members,” Covington said. “It's a great time to be a Panther and I'm very appreciative to be able to come in and help continue this journey of success through the already established culture of hard work, integrity, passion, unity and humility.
“Impacting lives is the reason why I coach, so needless to say I'm anxiously awaiting the time I get to share, mentor, develop and grow with the amazing young ladies that are and will wear the black and gold. The sky is not a limit. "
Prior to coaching Wisconsin last year, Covington spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach with the University of Evansville. While with the Purple Aces, Covington helped coach forward Mallory Ladd to a spot on the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament team to go along with honorable mention all-conference honors.
Following her playing career, Covington started out her coaching profession as a graduate assistant coach for Northern Illinois in 2013-14.
Covington was also a standout on the court. Playing collegiately for Wisconsin, she appeared in 123 games in her four-year career and served as a captain her sophomore, junior and senior seasons with the Badgers. Covington was named honorable mention All-Big Ten as a senior after averaging 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. In addition, Covington was a two-time recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as well as serving on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Issues Committee.
After graduation, Covington continued her playing career in the professional ranks overseas on a USA team against Ukraine and Moldova while ministering to those areas through Athletes in Action. She averaged 13.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game with the DBBL Rhein Main basketball team before suffering a season-ending injury. She also coached two professional teams while playing, assisting both the Rhein Main U17 and U13 clubs in Germany to winning seasons.
A native of Edwardsville, Ill., Covington graduated from Wisconsin in 2012 with a degree in English.
Director of Operations
Molly Hanson begins her third season as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Milwaukee women's basketball team heading into the 2017-18 season.
Hanson has played a pivotal role during the Panthers run to both the WNIT in 2015-16 and the WBI in 2016-17. She worked directly with head coach Kyle Rechlicz on coordinating team travel, budget, practices and other program functions.
"Molly is a great addition to our Panther Family," Kyle Rechlicz said. "She gained valuable experience while working at Madison and I think she is the perfect fit for our staff. She brings a positive energy and a tireless work ethic to the office every day and her communication and organizational skills are two attributes that we lean on heavily."
Hanson joined the Milwaukee staff after working as the head student manager for the Wisconsin Badgers women's basketball program in 2014-15.
"I am excited for the opportunity to work with Coach Rechlicz again and very grateful to be a part of the Milwaukee Panther family," Hanson said.
As the head student manager at Wisconsin, Hanson was responsible for numerous organizational tasks that contributed to the day-to-day operations of the program. She assisted in the organization and execution of team practices, kept practices on a timely schedule, supervised the student-manager staff and allocated the workload to cover the needs of the program.
She also played a vital role in Badger camps, serving as the assistant director in 2014, organizing and operating the program from 2012-14. She graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in May of this 2015.
Kira Mowen begins her first season as an assistant coach for Milwaukee women's basketball in 2017-18.
“I am thrilled to announce the hiring of Kira Mowen as our new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator,” Rechlicz said. “Coach Mowen possesses great leadership skills and a passion for competition, with student-athlete success always front and center of the winning equation. She fits who we are on and off the court and is very well respected amongst her peers. I know our players, especially the guards, will learn valuable information from her as player development is one of her best attributes. Her experience at the Division-I level, as a coach and player, will undoubtedly take our program to new heights.”
Mowen comes to Milwaukee after spending the past seven seasons as an assistant coach at Davidson. She helped the Wildcats to a pair of 22-win seasons, including a league title in the Southern Conference in the 2011-12 season.
“I am thrilled to accept a position to work at such a prestigious institution, within an athletic department that thrives on enriching the lives of its student-athletes,” Mowen said. “I am very thankful to head coach Kyle Rechlicz for the opportunity she has provided me, and I cannot wait to help her build on the foundation of success she has established. This opportunity to work with her and at Milwaukee is very exciting, and I'm looking forward to getting to work.”
Prior to Davidson, Mowen spent two years as a graduate assistant at Texas State.
Mowen is no stranger to the Horizon League, having graduated from Youngstown State in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. While at YSU, she played two seasons for the Penguins. She also spent time at nearby Illinois, playing two seasons with the Fighting Illini.
A Pennsylvania native, Mowen earned a masters of education with a specialization sports management at Texas State in 2010.
Kira Carter joins the Milwaukee women's basketball staff as an assistant coach heading into the 2017-18 season. Carter comes to Milwaukee after one season at Missouri S&T. As the lone assistant on the Miners staff, Carter handled or assisted in seemingly all aspects of the program. She was responsible for all scouting, film work and game planning, as well as travel arrangements. She also assisted in recruiting, player development, practice planning and budgetary decisions.
"Our staff is now complete and I couldn't be more excited to announce our newest hire in Kira Carter,” Rechlicz said. “Coach Carter brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to our point-combo guard position. Her enthusiasm for the game is contagious and fits with who we are as a team and staff. I know our players will create special bonds with her, as she is a relationship-first type of coach. I look forward to mentoring her and watching her grow as a young coach in this business."
“I am very excited to join the Milwaukee staff,” Carter said. “Coach Rechlicz has done a great job with this program, and I am looking forward to being apart of it. The women on this team and staff play and coach with energy and passion. I plan to bring my work ethic and positivity to the staff. I am excited to work with our point guards, in addition to continuing to grow and learn from our other staff members."
Prior to her time with the Miners, Carter spent two years at Wabash Valley College, where she helped the Warriors to a Region XXIV Championships and an NJCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2015. In all, she helped WVC to a 55-12 overall record in her two years with the team, helping coach three players to all-conference honors, including one as an NJCAA First Team All-American.
Carter also spent time at Thomas College and with AAU team Manzer Basketball Academy.
A standout on the court, Carter started her collegiate career at fellow Horizon League school Oakland, where she appeared in 28 games as a freshman. She then transferred closer to home, where she earned First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-Region 24 honors at Wabash Valley College. She then closed out her collegiate career at Coastal Carolina, starting 47 games with the Chanticleers.
Following her college career, Carter spent one year overseas with BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic.
A native of Indianapolis, Carter received her masters degree in sports leadership from Duquesne University in August of 2015.
Graduate Manager / Video Analyst
Jaime Gluesing starts her second season with Milwaukee women's basketball in 2017-18 after being hired as a graduate manager and video analyst.
In just her first season with Milwaukee, Gluesing already helped the Panthers to one of its best seasons in program history. The 2016-17 team tied the program record with 22 wins and notched the first two postseason victories in program history with a run to the semifinals of the WBI in late March.
"Jaime comes to our Panther family with a wealth of playing knowledge and an understanding of what we are trying to build here at Milwaukee,” Rechlicz said. “She is a tireless worker who wants to earn her success. She already fits in very well with our team and staff and we feel very fortunate to have someone of her caliber with the values she upholds around our players on a daily basis. I look forward to mentoring her and building her knowledge of the behind the scenes aspects of college basketball."
Gluesing comes to Milwaukee after a successful four-year playing career at Florida Gulf Coast University. While at FGCU, Gluesing made 62 career starts and played in all but one game during her collegiate career. She helped the Eagles to postseason play all four seasons, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament and a run all the way to the WNIT Championship Game this past season, finishing as runners up.
From a coaching standpoint, Gluesing also has plenty of experience under her belt. She helped run the summer camp at FGCU this summer, has coached summer leagues at her high school and also worked recreation camps in her hometown of Solon, Ohio.
Gluesing graduated from FGCU this May with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, with a concentration in Sports Management. While at Milwaukee, she will be studying Administrative Leadership for her graduate degree.