Kyle Rechlicz enters her sixth season as the head coach of the Milwaukee women's basketball team in 2017-18.
Rechlicz has quickly led Milwaukee back to a place of prominence, headlined by back-to-back postseason appearances and a program-record-tying 22-win season.
2016-17 was the first with higher expectations at Milwaukee in some time and Rechlicz made sure her team delivered in multiple ways:
That all came just one year after Rechlicz made a big splash in 2015-16. Despite being picked ninth in the 10-team Horizon League, Rechlicz guided that team to a second-place finish in both the regular season and conference tournament. That marked just the third time in league history that a team finished in the bottom two one year and the top two the following season for an incredible turnaround. That earned Milwaukee a berth in the WNIT - the team's first postseason appearance in a decade and just third overall, finishing with a 19-13 overall record.
For all of her efforts, Rechlicz was named Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2016, becoming just the second coach in program history to earn that distinction.
Rechlicz’s players also earned plenty of praise over the past two seasons at Milwaukee. Steph Kostowicz has been named all league each of the past two years, while Lizzie Odegard became the second UWM player named to the All-Freshman team in the last three years. Panther players also have been recognized with Horizon League Athlete of the Week honors 10 times over the past two standout seasons.
Looking back, the writing was on the wall for all this success for Rechlicz. In 2014-15, her team claimed UWM's first postseason victory in five years, featured a first-team all-league selection for the first time since 2010-11 and also had a member of the league's all-freshman squad for the first time in four seasons.
Rechlicz brings an up-tempo offense that finished the 2016-17 campaign with near-record three-point totals once again. In fact, four of the top five marks in the record book for both three-pointers made and three-pointers attempted have all occurred in Rechlicz's tenure at Milwaukee.
In her first season on the sidelines with the Panthers, Rechlicz helped the UWM offense increase scoring by almost 15 percent from the previous year and included a record-setting three-point attack. Milwaukee broke school records for three-pointers made and three-pointers attempted and was among the best in all of the NCAA in three-pointers made per game and three-point field goal percentage.
Her team broke three Horizon League records and 10 different school records, including fewest turnovers per game and a new standard for points in a contest when the Panthers finished with 116 against Bradley.
In addition to scoring, her teams also take care of the ball. The Panthers broke the school record for fewest turnovers per game her first season, reset it her second season and now hold the top three spots.
She also got off to a great start - becoming the first UWM coach to win three of her first five contests of her initial campaign. In her first season, Rechlicz was also one of the youngest coaches at the NCAA Division I level - just seven coaches had earlier birth years when the 2012-13 campaign began.
Rechlicz was named the seventh coach in program history in May 2012 and came to Milwaukee from the University of Wisconsin. There she served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Badgers during the 2011-12 campaign.
"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 at the time.
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.