If you can’t beat them, make sure to hire one of them?
That seems to make sense, as the University of Wisconsin can’t seem to beat Wisconsin-Green Bay in women’s basketball. So, on Thursday head coach Jonathan Tsipis announced that former Green Bay player Kayla Tetschlag is joining the Badgers coaching staff.
“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to join Coach Tsipis and his staff in my home state,” said Tetschlag in a press release from the school. “I look forward to using my past experiences as a player and coach to help this program continue to build and progress. I believe in Coach Tsipis’ values and vision, and I’m excited for the future of Wisconsin women’s basketball”
She was a thorn in the side for the Badgers as a player and one of the best in Phoenix basketball history. A native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Tetschlag was named the Horizon League Co-Player of the Year in 2011 for the Green Bay Phoenix. As a senior, she received the Horizon League Cecil N. Colman Medal of Honor, the league’s most prestigious individual honor for outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.
Tetschlag led Green Bay to four Horizon League titles, three NCAA Tournaments, including the Sweet 16 in 2011. She was twice named first-team all-league, made the all-defensive team as a senior and was named the Sixth Player of the Year as a sophomore.
After her Green Bay career was finished, she went on to a very successful career in Europe, eventually winning awards in multiple countries. She was named Luxembourg Defensive Player of the Year and the All-German League Forward of the Year during her four-year professional career.
Following her pro career, she returned to America to start a coaching career. Tetschlag started at the DII level with the University of Sioux Falls. She then spent the last two seasons with the University of South Dakota, where success followed her.
In her two seasons at South Dakota, the Coyotes were 52-16, winning the 2017-18 regular season Summit League championship and competing in back-to-back Women’s National Invitation Tournaments (WNIT). USD advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT last season and to the second round in 2016-17.
Tetschlag isn’t just someone with insight in how to play winning basketball at the collegiate level either. She is considered one of the rising stars in the women’s basketball coaching ranks, having earned the WBCA Thirty Under 30 award for 2018.
While her coaching acumen has gotten notice, so has her ability to recruit and given her ties to the state of Wisconsin, perhaps she can right the ship with the top players in the state for a program that has really struggled with that to date.
Clearly Tsipis is looking for any way to get this program going in a positive direction after back-to-back nine-win seasons in his first two years with the Badgers.