Q:  Coach, can you please give us a little background information on yourself?

A:  I am 30 years old and grew up north side of Milwaukee. I attended high school at Dominican High School where I was fortunate enough to be a part of a team that won back to back state titles under coach Paul Wollersheim. Upon graduating from high school, I continued my basketball career at Loyola Chicago where I was a 4 year starter. After college, I played professionally overseas.

Q:  Please describe yourself using 3 words.

A:  I would say that I am a hard working, determined and an ambitious person.

Q:  Why did you get into the coaching business?

A:  I wanted to help the youth. I love seeing young boys mature into young adults and get their degrees. It's has a positive impact on society.

Q:  Give us all a brief description of your coaching philosophy.

A:  I believe that players should play the right way and reap the benefits of the work you put in.  I also believe that success will ultimately come to those who put the work in.

Q:  What traits are important to you when recruiting a player?

A: Character, work ethic, leadership skills and interactions with teammates are traits that I look for.

Q:  What do you feel is the most important message that you leave with your players when they graduate?

A:  I want to leave players with the message that it is very important to be respectful and successful in today's society. It is also important that they know how to carry themselves and act with integrity in every aspect of their life whether, especially off the court.


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Dr. Joe Johnson is a former standout college athlete who understands the importance of
developing individuals and organizations in as many ways as possible. He's had the luxury to gain experiences working in and with corporate America, K-12 school settings, higher education, and with many entrepreneurs.

As a national speaker, trainer, peak performance coach, and entrepreneur leader, Dr. Johnson continues to transform the lives of individuals and organizations by shifting mindsets which translates into purposeful thinking, acting, and living.

As the author of the book "Pursue Your Purpose Not Your Dreams", Dr. Johnson is excited to continue developing individuals and organizations that are ready to move to the next level of their greatness through purposeful strategy creation and implementation. Known around the country as the man with best smile in the world, Dr. Joe Johnson is always excited to watch the growth and transition into who and where we should be!

Q:  Can you describe yourself using 3 words?

A:  Purposeful, Creative and Innovative

Q:  What led you towards your career path?

A:  What led me towards my career path was that growing up, I loved sports. Sports gave me natural high and I needed a career that gave me the same high as sports did.

Q:  What philosophy do you try to live by?

A:  The philosophy I live by is to "pursue your purpose not your dreams."

Q:  What are some of the most important things you have learned along the way throughout your years in your profession?

A:  Some of the important things I have learned along the way are to let your work speak for you but know when to open your mouth and advocate for yourself, there are a few things you should do.

 1.   Always remain open and coachable
 2.  Comfort is the cousin to mediocrity
 3.  Disrupt traditional ways of doing things

Q:  What do you feel is the most important message that you leave to the people who hear you speak?

A:  The most important message I want to leave people who hear me speak is that we must tap into the foundation of our purpose. If not, we will miss out on what is meant
for us.


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Q:  Coach, can you give us all a little background on yourself?

A:  I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I attended Rufus King High School. After high school I attended Kirkwood Community College located in Iowa. Following Kirkwood, I attending Southwest Missouri State which is now Missouri State where I received my 4 year degree. After graduating from Missouri St, I played professionally in Scotland, England, Cyprus and Germany. My coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Grand Valley State University which is located in Michigan. After Grand Valley State I got a job as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois University where I spent six seasons. I am currently an assistant coach at UW-Milwaukee. I have been married to my beautiful wife for 2 years and we have an 18 month old son and one on the way that's due in October.

Q:  Why did you get into the coaching business?

A:  I wanted to get into coaching because I want to help young men reach their goals of playing basketball at a high level. I also want to help them in working towards getting their degree. From a basketball standpoint, I want to do whatever I can to help our players work towards a goal of winning a national championship.

Q:  Can you describe yourself using 3 words.

A:  God Fearing, Loyal and Hardworking

Q:  Can you give us a brief description of your coaching philosophy?

A:  My coaching philosophy is that I want to play an uptempo brand of basketball. On the defensive end, I want to be stingy, gritty and tough. Our young men will have to be tough, hardworking, skilled, willing and obedient. I’m a firm believer in player development, I want to make sure that our players are well rounded.

Q:  What traits are important to you when you are recruiting a player?

A:  Important traits that are important in recruiting to me are skill Level, how hard a player works, if a player is a competitor and I watch how they treat people around them.

Q:  What do you feel is the most important message that you leave your players with after they graduate?

A:  I want to leave our players with the message that they should always taking ownership in whatever they do and to investing themselves. 

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Coach, give us all a little background on yourself.

A:  I am a little girl from Milwaukee who always wanted to inspire and give back to the city that I love and that sums me up in a nutshell. I am the daughter of Coach Robert Kern and Detroit native Debra Kern. I believe in the power of hard work. As a mother, setting the precedent for greatness while using my platform is my daily goal in raising my 5 year old son, Bobby Collins Jr.

Q:  Why did you get into the coaching business?

A:  I am the daughter of a coach and I knew I wanted to teach but not just in the classroom. Growing up, I saw my father's influence on young men’s lives and knew I wanted to be a servant in the same capacity.

Q:  Can you describe yourself using 3 words.

A:  Tough, Humble and Feisty.

Q: Can you give us a brief description of your coaching philosophy?

A:  My coaching philosophy is to embrace alumni, students and the community surrounding me and my staff. I strongly believe that there is more to being a coach than just X's and O’s and it is important to create an experience where everyone has an opportunity to have a joyful heart and fulfilled spirit.

Q: What traits are important to you when you are recruiting a player?

A:  In recruiting student-athletes, it is very important to recruit the players that will fit the needs of your program.

Q:  What are some of the important things you learned from being an assistant coach that helped you when you became a head coach?

A:  I learned quite a few things. Among those are:

1. GREAT players help you win games.

2. Humility is key!

3. Players when games, not style of play.

4. Recruit, recruit, recruit.

5. If you are great at what u do, jobs will find you.

6. Grinding and being 100% consumed with your work are 2 different things. You must find the balance.

Q:  What do you feel is the most important message that you leave your players with after they graduate?

A:  I pride myself on molding our young women into powerful and self-motivated WOMEN who feel they can take life by the horns. I believe that a disciplined woman is a free woman. My message is if you find your "WHY", you will always find your "HOW.”



Q:  Coach, can you give us all a little background on yourself?

A:  I was originally born in Racine, Wisconsin and lived there  until I was 6 years old. My family then moved to the DC area where I attended high school. 

Q:  Why did you get into the coaching business?

A:  I have always loved the game of basketball and I knew from a very young age that I always wanted to coach.

Q:  Can you describe yourself using 3 words.

A:  Positive, Energetic and Passionate.

Q: Can you give us a brief description of your coaching philosophy?

A:  My coaches philosophy is that I want to always be on the attack and force the other team to react to our team on both ends of the floor.

Q: What traits are important to you when you are recruiting a player?

A:  When recruiting, I want winning players who have great attitudes.  I also wants players who have the ability to learn and want to work to get better.

Q:  What are some of the important things you learned from being an assistant coach that helped you when you became a head coach?

A:  I learned how to run a program on a daily basis, as it relates to organizing all the things that it takes to be successful.

Q:  What do you feel is the most important message that you leave your players with after they graduate?

A:  Hopefully the student-athletes who graduated from my program will all have learned the lessons of being a member of a team because those lessons will help them throughout their lives.



Q:  Coach, give us a little background information about yourself.

A:  I grew up on south side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I played high school basketball at Thomas More High School and college basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Upon graduation, I started my own AAU team and began my coaching career as a high school coach in Burlington, Wisconsin.

Q:  Describe yourself using 3 words.

A:  Proactive, Enthusiastic, Determined

Q:  Why did you decide to get into coaching?

A:  I got into coaching to help be a positive resource for young men to reach their potential on and off the basketball court.

Q:  Give us all a brief description your coaching philosophy.

A:  My coaching philosophy is to be a servant leader to my players everyday. I believe the more time you invest in them, the more results you will see in all areas of life.

Q:  What traits are important to you when you are recruiting a player?

A:  Important traits in a player to me are their passion for the game, skill level, and character.

Q:  What are some of the important things you learned from being an assistant coach that helped you when you became a head coach?

A:  I would say the most important things that I learned was to be invaluable every day, think a step ahead and cover the head coaches blind spot. I also learned that when you are an assistant coach and your head coach doesn't listen to your opinion, that's your fault.

Q:  What do you feel is the most important message that you leave your players with after they graduate?

A:  The message that I want to leave them with is to attack every day and to always always be early. I also would like them to never take no for an answer and to be compete in everything that they do in life.



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Coaches checklist for 2017-18 season

As the 2017-18 basketball season approaches, I want to share some quick insights from my past experiences into some important things to think about for the upcoming season. While there are a lot of different things to focus on from an xs and os standpoint, there are many other factors that play a huge role when working towards building a championship team. Below are some questions you should be asking yourself on a daily basis.

- Personnel (does your team's personnel fit the style of play you anticipated playing this season?)

- Roles (are your players and staff clearly aware of what their roles are expected to be this season?)

- Goals (everyone wants to win a championship, what realistic goals does your staff and team have?)

- Preparation (How prepared are you, your staff and team for this upcoming season?)

- Chemistry (How well does you and your staff click? Is everyone on the same page towards achieving team goals? If the chemistry is not good, it affects the players.)

Recap of MCA Clinic 2017

The 1st Annual Milwaukee Coaches Association was a huge success. There were unofficially, 65 registered coaches in attendance to witness a great event. Words cannot describe how happy I was with the support from all of the coaches that showed up to network and learn.

The guest speakers did an amazing job with their sessions. They all showed great energy, poise and passion for their topics. The group of demonstrators also did a great job. Each player was very engaging, attentive and took positive coaching from the guest speakers.

The coaches in attendance were equally impressive as each was willing to learn and accept new ideas on how to become a better coach. There were multiple questions asked by the coaches to our guest speakers which showed me that everyone was hungry to learn and become better at their craft.

I have already received very positive feedback from just about everyone saying they had a great experience at the MCA Clinic 2017. Overall, I am very happy with the way things turned out and I along with everyone else in attendance, can't wait for MCA Clinic 2018. 

Thank you to our sponsors (Thrive 3, Chipotle, Gruber Law Offices and Contigo), the guest speakers (Craig Robinson, Kyle Rechlicz, Jimmie Foster, Ali Fitzgerald, Carmen Gust, Luke Meier, Latrell Fleming and Sharif Chambliss) and the coaches that attended. Without you all, none of this would have been possible. See you all at the MCA Clinic next year.


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Interview with Carmen Gust (Creighton School of Pharmacy)

For the last installment of our MCA Clinic guest speaker interviews, we have Carmen Gust. I have been the luckiest man in the world to have spent the last 13 years getting to know Carmen as we are happily married. We have been dating since our time as college students and I have had a first hand look at how smart, driven and motivated Carmen is. While working as a pharmacy technician and student over the course of the last 15 years, she has gain very valuable knowledge of health and nutrition and how it ties to our everyday lifestyle. Below is my interview with her about her passion for health and nutrition. Enjoy.

Me: Carmen, give us a little of your background.

Carmen: I am originally from Marshfield, Wisconsin, which is located near the center of the state. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin—Madison in Communicative Disorders. There I met my husband, Freddie Owens, and followed him around the country for a few years while he followed his passion of coaching.

After six moves in eight years (yes you heard that right) we settled in Massachusetts where we currently reside. I began pharmacy school in August of 2015 and have just finished up my second year at Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professionals.

Me: Why did you decide to go into pharmacy and what triggered your passion for the topic?

Carmen: I definitely took the road less traveled to get to where I am now, but it all seemed to work out for the best. I have worked in a pharmacy since my undergraduate time at Wisconsin-Madison in 2003 and I continued to pursue jobs in that field. I knew that I wanted to further my education, but I was finding it difficult to integrate four years of schooling into this crazy world of coaching and multiple moves across the country.

I was fortunate to have discovered an amazing program through Creighton University that enables students to participate in pharmacy school from wherever they may be in the country/world. I watch all of the classes virtually from my home and complete the same classes that the local campus students attend. Once I heard about this program, I knew my dream of attending pharmacy school could be a reality. This program has been remarkable and has enabled me to further my pursuit of becoming a pharmacist.

My passion for pharmacy really began when I was working at a community health center and non-profit hospital when I lived in Montana. I saw that medications are vital to so many people and with that came copious amounts of people that were unable to afford their medications. I worked with patients to obtain their medications free or at a low cost from the pharmaceutical companies. I learned that every person had a story.

A lot of people like to say that people are “milking the system,” but I challenge those with this mindset to work in a free clinic and get to know the patients. Most have just fallen on hard times and are trying desperately to get out of them. Most are not able to dig themselves out without medications that are vital to their everyday living. For me, this is where pharmacy shifted from being just a job and morphed into my passion and my why.

Me: Why are health and nutrition often overlooked by people?

In my opinion, health and nutrition are overlooked because we live in a society that is so focused on being skinny and overall health is often ignored. People tend to think they are doing all the right things by following the latest diet trends, but those diets may not actually be healthy and nutritional. Just because the pounds are shedding, does not mean that you are healthier.

For example, when I was in college I went on a low-carb diet. I would eat bacon and eggs every morning with a slab of turkey and mayo for lunch. I remember my roommate saying, “That can’t be healthy,” with a look of disgust. My reply was, “Well, I’m losing weight!” The diet had potential to be healthier, but I was eliminating entire food groups by not incorporating enough fruits and vegetables.

I also think that every single person is different and each persons' body was meant to be at a certain weight. Losing weight is easy for some people and really difficult for others. I would love if society could move towards focusing on making healthy choices, rather than the number that's on the scale. I believe this could lead to less cases of hypertension and type II diabetes and better overall health and longevity.

Me: What advice would you give coaches and athletes in regards to starting or maintaining a healthier lifestyle? (Food choices, exercise, etc)

Carmen: One piece of advice I would give to busy coaches would be to stop eating out. Avoid convenient drive thru foods and hot dogs at the concession stands. Most of these foods are loaded with sodium, sugar, fat and hold little nutritional value.

When you are out recruiting, make one of your first stops a visit to the local grocery store and pick up some healthy options like fruit, veggies, or low-sugar protein bars. Salads are also a great option to pack for lunch. Eat the snacks you bought instead of candy or nachos from the concession stands. Coaches spend a lot of time sitting while watching or coaching games. Unhealthy eating compounded with inactivity is a recipe for disaster.

Me: Carmen, thank you for your time as always. I will try to keep this professional, but I love you and I am very proud of you. We look forward to seeing you at the MCA Clinic.


Interview with Sharif Chambliss (Wright St)

Sharif and I have been friends since 2003 but our relationship goes back to the late 90s as competitors on the hardwood. Throughout our high school years as student-athletes, we competed against each other and that continued on into our time as collegiate athletes. Out of high school, Sharif attending Penn State where he had a very successful three year career.

Heading into his senior year, he transferred back home to Wisconsin, and we became teammates. That is where our friendship developed. Over the years I have found that Sharif has a pure passion for the game of basketball and helping student-athletes get better everyday. The interview below shows you some of that passion. Enjoy.

Me: Sharif, give us a quick rundown of your playing and coaching background.

Sharif: First, I would like to thank Freddie Owens for this opportunity and for creating a platform to bring together the coaches and community of Southeastern Wisconsin.

I am originally from Racine, Wisconsin. I attended Racine Park High School my first two years, transferring to St. Catherine’s to finish out my high school career under Hall of Fame Coach Bob Letsch. I went on to play three years of collegiate basketball at Penn State University where I was a part of the 2001 Sweet 16 team. After much deliberation, at the end of my Junior year, I made the difficult decision to leave Penn State University and return home to finish out my collegiate basketball career with the Wisconsin Badgers under Head Coach Bo Ryan.

At Wisconsin, I was part of a team that went to the NCAA tournament two years in a row, including a run to the Elite 8 in 2005. After college, I played one season for the Lusitania Basketball Club, the top league in Portugal, which subsequently brought me back to the States to begin my coaching career.

My coaching roles over the years have included Graduate Manager/Player Development Coach under Head Coach Rob Jeter at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (two seasons), Assistant Coach under Head Coach Gary Edwards at DII Francis Marion University (one season), Assistant Coach under Head Coach Jeff Gard at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (one season), Video Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin under Head Coach Bo Ryan (two seasons), Assistant Coach under Head Coach Rob Jeter at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (four seasons), and where I reside currently as Assistant Coach under Head Coach Scott Nagy for Wright State University (going into second season).

 Me: Why did you decide to get into coaching?

Sharif: Due to NCAA regulations, I sat out my first season at the University of Wisconsin after transferring from Penn State University. During my sit-out year, I took what some would consider a set-back as an opportunity to learn. Bo Ryan, Rob Jeter, Saul Phillips and Greg Gard in one way or another took me under their wing and allowed for me to begin understanding how a successful basketball program is run.

It was the guidance from them that sparked my interest in one day becoming a college basketball coach. I gained an immense amount of appreciation for the work and dedication it takes to coach a group of young student athletes. I knew that my work ethic and knowledge of the game would one day make a difference in the lives of future athletes as a coach.

 Me: As a coach, what wisdom do you try to pass on to the players from your past experiences?

Sharif: As players, they need to be told that they control their own destiny. Whether through their perspective, attitude, work ethic or confidence, the ball needs to be put into their court and they need to be held accountable for their actions. Consider it like a job, we come to work and leave everything else at the doorstep. Same applies to their contributions as a member of their team. A positive mindset and approaching their role with confidence will help them prevail in the long run.   

 Me: What advice would you give to all coaches as it relates to building trust with their athletes?

Sharif: Be as personable, relatable and honest as possible. The athletes and parents of these athletes we all work with on a daily basis desire to feel accepted, and need to know we as coaches and mentors can be trusted. Finding something they can relate to outside of basketball begins to build a layer of trust.

It creates conversation that builds a relationship, not just fills a role. When we are personable and honest with them, their willingness to listen and work with us comes with much more ease. We are role models to these athletes, and despite our own personal qualms, they look to us for guidance and reassurance. Providing them with positive, relatable experiences in turn builds a trusting relationship.

 Me: From a recruiting standpoint, what do you look for in a player?

Sharif: There are two key components that are crucial to my recruiting philosophy – success off the court in the classroom and skill level. I want to recruit an athlete who is not only successful on the basketball court, but also has the ability succeed as a student in the classroom. Reality is, while many of these athletes will be lucky enough to have the opportunity to play at the collegiate level, their future beyond college basketball lies in the hands of the education they receive. I want to make sure that they have the potential to create an opportunity for themselves outside of basketball.

Secondly, I concentrate highly on skill level. Those athletes that have put the time and work in to develop their skill level typically stand out as players and leaders. They can always refine their skill level, but it is the ones that are truly dedicated to perfecting their purpose in the game that I tend to recruit.

Me: Sharif, thank you for taking the time to talk with us about your thoughts. We look forward to hearing more at the MCA Coaching Clinic.

Sharif: Thanks for having me.

Interview with Jimmie Foster (Bradley U)

Next up, we have Jimmie Foster of Bradley University. I have known Jimmie for close to twenty years during our time as players and coaches, and I must say that he has a strong passion coaching and helping our youth obtain opportunities. Below is our recent interview. 

Me: Jimme, give us some background of your coaching career.

Jimmie: I have been coaching for twelve years. I started coaching high school right here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and then moved onto to Junior College and Division I ranks soon after. I have been fortunate to work with great coaches and staffs in my twelve years of coaching. Coaches like Arron Womackat Juneau High School, Jim Gosz at Rufus King High, Doug Wagemester at Kirkwood Community College, Brian Jones at University of North Dakota and Brian Wardle at UW-Green Bay and Bradley University have had a huge influence on me as a coach and person.

In my tenure I've been a part of coaching ten All League Junior College players, three First Team All Americans, nine All Horizon League Players, two Player of the Year players in the Horizon League and one NBA draftee.

Me: So tell us why you decided to get into the coaching profession?

Jimmie: I love the game and basketball and it was and is close to me personally. I made the decision to pursue coaching while working in the Milwaukee Public School system and my goal was to help kids obtain collegiate basketball scholarships. What I found was most student-athletes being sent home from colleges within four months to a year of being on campus.

I strongly believe this happened because there was a lack ofaccountability. Student-athletes were simply not holding themselves accountable for their actions on or off the court. The most common excuse I heard was that the coach and player didn't see eye to eye. In my role, I knew that I could assist in bridging that divide between player and coach.

I got into the collegiate ranks of coaching when my junior college coach, Doug Wagemester from Kirkwood Community College, gave me the opportunity to join his staff. I jumped on it!

Me: What are some of the most important things you have learned a long the way during your coaching career?

Jimmie: There are three things that I have learned during my time as a coach that have grown to be very important to me and they are loyalty, integrity and trust. These are essential to coaching and life as well. 

Me: How important do you think relationships are as it relates to our profession and why?

Jimmie: Relationship building is by far the most important attribute coaches must establish. We must be able to communicate with parents, teachers and other coaches. Being able to communicate builds trust and strengthens relationships. In this profession, relationships can bring a multitude of opportunities.

Me: What advice would you give a coach who wants to pursue a career in collegiate coaching?

Jimmie: There are two things I would say to a coach wanting to pursue a career in collegiate coaching. First, to understand that we are coaching basketball first but we must be servants our young men and women to help prepare them for life. Second, do not join the profession with the soul focus on chasing the money. You must focus on doing great at the job you have and trust in you and your craft as a coach.

Me: I couldn't agree more. Thanks for your insight and time Jimmie and we look forward to hearing you speak at the MCA Clinic on June 3rd.

Jimmie: Thanks for having me and I am looking forward to it as well.

Interview with Latrell Fleming (IUPUI Women's Basketball)

Latrell and the IUPUI women's basketball team is coming off one of the best season's in school history. This past season the Lady Jags finished with a 24-9 record, a runner up finish in the Summit League Tournament and an appearance in the WNIT.  Below is our recent interview. Enjoy.

Me: Latrell, for those of us who don't know you as well, please give us a short summary on your background.

Latrell: I grew up playing basketball in Milwaukee, WI as early as I can remember. I attended Whitefish Bay Dominican High School as a freshman and sophomore. While at Dominican, I was a part of a state championship team as a freshman and runner up team as a sophomore year. After two years at Dominican, I attended Milwaukee John Marshall High School. While at John Marshall, I was fortunate to receive a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin. However, during my freshman year at UW, I was diagnosed with a heart condition that prevented me from playing basketball at the collegiate level. 

After my diagnosis, my coaching career began soon after. I was given the opportunity to be a student assistant for the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team for the duration of my time in college. Upon graduation, I was able to work my way up the coaching ranks from coaching girls AAU to division one women’s basketball.

Me: What made you decide to pursue a career in coaching women’s basketball?

Latrell: It all started when I graduated college. I was offered an opportunity to coach a girls AAU team and that particular AAU team had a lot of success. Due to the success of the team and program, I was given the opportunity to coach at the collegiate level.  

Me: What has been some of your biggest challenges as a coach?

Latrell:  I would look at it more as adjustments than challenges because of my experience on the men's side. For me, there was a brief learning curve in understanding the women's side because with certain things, you had to approach it differently than if you were coaching on the men's side.

Me: What advice would you have for women’s coaches who want to make the jump from high school to college coaching?

Latrell: I would say keep building your network of college coaches. Don’t just limit yourself to head coaches. Remember that some assistants will some day run their own program as well.  Lastly, attend different college practices, camps and clinics. Attending these events show coaches that you are persistent and eager to keep advancing at your craft.

Me: What is your fondest memory up to this point in your coaching career?

Latrell:  I think this past season was great for me. Our team posted a school record 24 wins and beat some impressive teams along the way. We advanced to the Summit League Championship game and came up short in overtime. It was a very memorable season.

Me: Latrell, thank you for sharing your story with us. We are very excited to see you at the MCA Clinic this summer.

Latrell: Thank you.




Interview with Kyle Rechlicz

Coach Rechlicz is coming off one of the most successful seasons in UW-Milwaukee women's basketball history. Her team finished with a 22-12 overall record and made it to the final four of the WBI tournament. MCA recently caught up with Kyle for a quick interview to get to know more about her and her team.

Me: So coach, why did you decide to get into the coaching profession?

Kyle: I decided to get into the coaching profession because I want to impact young people's lives. Being a college basketball coach goes far beyond teaching players on the court. More time is spent mentoring my young women on leadership and life situations than on basketball. Plus I'm a very competitive person, so being a coach helps fulfill my need for competition.

Me: What three things come to mind when discussing what your program is built around?

Kyle: The top three things that my program is built around are family, equilateral triangle of success, and heart. We don't use the word family lightly. We believe if you are going to talk family then you must act like a family. We have many meetings as a team on what this means. Truly treating your teammates as sisters vs friends can make a huge difference to success.

Our equilateral triangle of success means that we are not just going to treat our players as student-athletes but also as people. I strongly believe that our job as coaches is to challenge our student-athletes to be successful in all areas of their life.

In addition to family and the equilateral triangle of success, heart is something that we strongly believe in. As a team, we put our heart into everything that we do. We teach that in competition and life, we may not always come out on top but we are going to deserve to be successful because of what we put in. This applies on the court, in the classroom and in the community.

Me: As a head coach, what are some important traits you look for in an assistant coach?

Kyle: The most important traits I look for in an assistant coach are loyalty, highly self motivated, passionate, and hard-working. I usually can evaluate all of these traits as I get to know someone. I would never hire someone I have not had a prior connection with because I need to know that we click personality wise. That's why it is very important that up and coming coaches get out to events like the MCA Coaching Clinic and network. You never know what opportunities may come your way.

Me: Coach, congrats on a great season and thank you for your time and input. We are excited to learn more about you and your coaching methods at the MCA Clinic.

Kyle: It was a pleasure speaking with you and I look forward to helping the coaches in attendance in anyway that I can.