|| Bobbie Kelsey
Bobbie Kelsey enters her fourth season as a member of the Stanford women's basketball coaching staff.
Kelsey, a four-year letterwinner with the Cardinal from 1991-96, spent three years as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech before returning to her alma mater prior to the 2007-08 campaign.
"We are thrilled to have Bobbie as a part of our staff," Head coach Tara VanDerveer said upon Kelsey's return in 2007. "Bobbie brings tremendous experience to our program and obviously has a great connection with Stanford. She is extremely positive and upbeat, a super motivator and an excellent recruiter. Bobbie is passionate about both basketball and Stanford, and that makes her a fun person to be around."
A native of Decatur, Ga., Kelsey helped the Cardinal to three Final Four appearances in five years and was a member of the 1992 national championship team. Kelsey was a team co-captain in 1995 and 1996, voted the team's Most Inspirational Player in 1992 and 1996, and named the team's most improved player in 1993. She earned her B.A. in communication from Stanford in 1996.
"I really enjoy working with the players as well as Tara, Amy and Kate," said Kelsey. "I learn so much from them everyday. It is such a joy for me to be here at Stanford."
Since Kelsey's return to The Farm, Stanford has gone 104-11 (.904) and been one of just two programs in the country to make the Final Four in each of the past three season as well as reach the national championship game twice.
Last season, Stanford set a new program record with 36 wins as the Cardinal went 36-2 and captured the Pac-10 double (regular season and tournament titles) while going 18-0 in Pac-10 play for the fifth time in program history.
Kelsey's work with the Cardinal guards, alongside assistant coach and former Cardinal teammate Kate Paye, helped produce Rosalyn Gold-Onwude's career year, in which Gold-Onwude was acknowledged as one of the top defensive guards in the country and became Stanford's first Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, shooting guard Jeanette Pohlen was named to the All-Pac-10 Team and hit 71 three-pointers, giving her two straight years of at least 70 triples.
In 2008-09, Kelsey helped the Cardinal to a 33-5 overall record as well as the program's ninth consecutive Pac-10 regular season title and sixth Pac-10 Tournament crown.
Once again under Kelsey's tutelage the Stanford defense was the class of the Pac-10 in 2008-09, limiting opponents to just 55.8 points per game and a shooting mark of just 35.2 percent from the field. Senior Jillian Harmon was named to the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team while junior Rosalyn Gold-Onwude earned honorable mention recognition.
Her first season on the Stanford coaching staff saw the Cardinal make its seventh appearance in the Final Four, and first since 1997. The Cardinal also reached the national championship game for the first time since 1992, Kelsey's first season as a player.
The basketball acumen, positive attitude, and work ethic that Kelsey brought to the Cardinal during her five years as a player were once again vital components in helping guide Stanford back to the Final Four as a member of the coaching staff in 2007-08. It was no surprise how quickly the Stanford players responded to Kelsey's coaching and contagious enthusiasm, considering that she was voted Stanford's Most Inspirational Player following the 1992 season despite missing the entire year due to a knee injury.
Kelsey's contribution to the coaching of the Cardinal defense in 2007-08 saw Stanford finish the year by limiting opponents to just 56.4 points a game and an overall shooting percentage of just 35.5, both marks good for second in the Pac-10.
Teaming up with former teammate and current fellow assistant coach Kate Paye, Kelsey's work bore more fruit as Stanford's defense also limited opponents to a three-point shooting percentage of 29.2, and led the Pac-10 with a +2.72 turnover margin last season. That figure ended up being 1.52 turnovers better than the second-best mark in the conference.
During her appointment at Virginia Tech, Kelsey helped guide the Hokies to three consecutive postseason appearances, including NCAA Tournament berths in 2005 and 2006.
From 2002-04, Kelsey served as an assistant coach at Western Carolina and worked primarily with the post players while assisting with recruiting and camps. She coached 2002-03 Southern Conference Player of the Year Tiffany Hamm as well as Jennifer Gardner, the league's most accurate shooter that same year, making over 51 percent of her shots.
Kelsey spent the 2000-02 seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Evansville. Prior to her stint with the Aces, she was an assistant coach at Florida for two seasons where she was responsible for film exchange, scouting and coaching the posts. Kelsey helped the Lady Gators to back-to-back postseason appearances, including an NCAA Tournament trip in 1999 and a trip to the WNIT championship game in 2000.
Prior to her tenure at Florida, Kelsey served as a practice player for the Atlanta Glory of the American Basketball League for one year and as an assistant at Boise State for one season.