By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published May 08, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Kyle Rechlicz has been named the new head coach for UWM Women's Basketball. She comes to the Milwaukee Panthers from the University of Wisconsin, where she served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Badgers Women's Basketball for the 2011-12 season.

"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."

Said Rechlicz: "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.

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 10 Team.

Since her playing days, Rechlicz has been associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Dayton (2007-11), and assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Cleveland State (2003-07).

Rechlicz, who was brought back to her alma mater in April 2011 by 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.