Bobbie Kelsey begins her
second year on the Lady Gator sidelines.
Kelsey, a native of Decatur, Ga., played college basketball at Stanford University from 1992-96. During that span, the Cardinal captured the 1992 NCAA championship, while also making Final Four appearances in 1995 and '96.
"I'm excited about joining the Florida program and working with Carol, the staff and the players," Kelsey said. "I was a member of three Final Four teams at Stanford, including one national championship team, and I know what it takes to get there. I want to share my experiences with the Lady Gators and help them reach their goals."
Kelsey, who was plagued with knee injuries throughout her career, started 26 of the 105 games she played at Stanford, averaging 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. The 5-feet-11 forward/guard was forced to redshirt her inaugural collegiate season because of a knee injury suffered during her senior season at Southwest DeKalb High School. Despite never playing a game during the 1991-92 season, Kelsey was voted by her Stanford teammates as their Most Inspirational Player, a tribute to how well-liked and respected she was.
"Bobbie brings a lot of positive energy that transfers over to the players and to the program in general," Ross said. "She has the experience of playing for a national championship program at Stanford and under an Olympic coach in Tara VanDerveer. She has tested the professional waters as a player and that gives her an idea of what elite play is like on all levels. She also has a year of collegiate coaching under her belt. Bobbie has a lot of experiences during her young career."
"Once you've been a part of a program as successful as Stanford has been, it's hard to settle for anything less," Kelsey said. "You want to work with teams that have the potential to win a national championship and Florida definitely does. This program has taken such great strides over the last few years and is ready to take the next step. I look forward to being a part of that."
After graduating from Stanford in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Kelsey assumed the second assistant coach position at Boise State University. During her one-year stint with the Broncos, Kelsey was responsible for developing and maintaining a recruiting list of prospective student-athletes, assisting in game and practice preparation, coordinating film exchange, in addition to other duties.
During the 1997-98 season, Kelsey served as a practice player for the Atlanta Glory of the American Basketball League (ABL).
Kelsey spent the summer of 1998 as an assistant for Vanderbilt's women's basketball office and summer camps.
She is very active in the community, volunteering her time with several organizations. Kelsey has worked for several years with the Onetta Harris Community Center's Big Sister Program, in addition to working with the Violet Rice Home for Girls mentor program, the College Park Nursing Home Friends for Seniors program and serving as a motivational speaker at elementary schools.
Kelsey grew up in Atlanta, where she earned national recognition at Southwest DeKalb High School. She was a two-time Street & Smith H.S. Second Team All-American and a USA Today Top 25 performer in 1991.
Kelsey is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
"You want to work with teams that have the potential to win a national championship and Florida definitely does. This program has taken such great strides over the last few years and is ready to take the next step. I look forward to being a part of that." - Bobbie Kelsey