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Kyle Rechlicz is the seventh women's basketball coach in UWM history. (PHOTO: Trevor Thompson/UWM Athletics)

Milwaukee Talks: UWM women's coach Kyle Rechlicz


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OnMilwaukee.com: Has it been what you've expected so far? Or is it a little more work than what you thought?

Kyle Rechlicz: No, it's definitely been what I thought. I have a great staff who I trust and who believes in everything we're doing. I have a team that's 100 percent bought in to us and what we're trying to accomplish. It makes the day to day just easy because everybody wants to get better and everybody wants to have our team be successful.

OMC: Does it help that you're familiar with the state and the city of Milwaukee?

KR: It's definitely helped. Having the family support here and my husband (Dave's) family being from the area and having that need for in-laws and sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, just to be around and help us in those transitional situations have been huge. But even more than that the Milwaukee community has really bought in to us. They've been great. I'm constantly having lunches and breakfasts and dinners with fans and boosters that just want to see that freshness and are excited about the women's basketball program. It's made the transition really easy.

OMC: You've seen your other head coach's do that before when you were an assistant – has all that wining and dining been fun or would you rather be breaking down film?

KR: I actually love it. I'm a people person. I love meeting new people. I love the excitement that's talking about the program. And, I hired a group of individuals that I trust to get other things done. So when it comes to making sure the scouts are ready and making sure that we're prepared as a team, I trust the individuals that I hired to do a great job. I have no fear that we're not going to get it done.

OMC: Speaking of wining and dining – where's the place you like to get to for those meeting?

KR: I really like Sail Loft Downtown. When we had the hiring process and had some interviews I had a chance to take some of my assistants there and now I've gone back with my family. I think that's a great restaurant downtown. Living in the Menomonee Falls area I love Su Casa. Mexican is my favorite. I would probably hit up Su Casa if I could every night.

OMC: Finally, you were brought here to revitalize the program and build it back up. How do you balance the fact that you need to make a new mark in recruiting but also the needs of the women you have on the roster?

KR: Oh, there's definitely a give and take to it. For me, I've invested everything I have into the individuals that are here. For as much as I didn't recruit them, they're our players and we really bought into them as individuals.

Now, we always have to think about the future of the program. What happens when somebody leaves? So, we have a great recruiting plan. My recruiting coordinator Jess Wilhite has done a great job. She was a former player here as well so she knows the expectations of what it takes to win. She was first team all-conference and holds a lot of the records here at Milwaukee so she's been out aggressively recruiting the area and so have my other assistants. We've all been putting an effort into that while also maintaining a great relationship with our current players.

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