“The pressure is there in a lot of different areas, but I don’t let it define what I’m doing because I’m doing it the right way,” says Kelsey, who earned a $300,000 base salary last year and received a contract extension in spring that is slated to expire in May 2017.

“I love it here. They’ve given me the resources, the contract extension and all the things you need to do a good job. If in eight, nine or ten years I’m not getting it done, guess what? I should be gone. You can’t sit around and just be happy to have the job. We want to build the program, build it right with the right people and players, but that does take time.”


Tamira Madsen is an award-winning sportswriter who has written for the Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, CBSSports.com and The Sporting News. She covered the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball beat for six seasons at The Capital Times.