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Sports - June 15, 2007

Stanford women's hoop team adds former player

Former 1992 national championship team member Bobbie Kelsey returns to Cardinal basketball squad as an assistant coach for upcoming season

by Rick Eymer

Another former Cardinal has returned to Maples Pavilion to help coach women's basketball.

Bobbie Kelsey was never the star player during her four years at Stanford between 1993-96, but no one could outwork the gritty guard, whose tenacity was unquestioned.

Now she's bringing those qualities, along with a resume full of experience, to join Tara VanDerveer's staff.

"I am just so excited and honored that Tara wants me to be a part of this staff," Kelsey said. "I love Stanford, so the decision to come back and coach is a no-brainer. I think that being part of a national championship team also brings instant credibility. This is already a tremendous program and I am looking forward to the opportunity."

Kelsey, a four-year letterwinner with the Cardinal, spent the last three years as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.

"We are thrilled to have Bobbie as a part of our staff," said VanDerveer. "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."

Kelsey was part of three Final Four appearances in five years and was a member of the 1992 national championship team.

She 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.

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.

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.

Men's gymnastics

Stanford grad David Durante was among the six men nominated by USA Gymnastics to the U.S. Olympic Committee to represent the United States at the Pan American Games, July 13-29, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Durante was joined by Guillermo Alvarez, Sean Golden, Joseph Hagerty, Justin Spring, and Todd Thornton.

Stanford junior Sho Nakamori and Cardinal sophomore Bryant Hadden will serve as replacements.

Minnesota coach Mike Burns heads the coaching staff, which also includes Alex Shchennikov, who is on the gymnastics coaching staff at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

"The Pan Am Games is a great opportunity for these men to expand their international experience," USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny said. "All of them have the potential to medal as a team and as individuals and will proudly represent our country."

Durante is making his second appearance at the Pan Am Games. He was second in the all-around in 2003. Since then, he has competed in numerous international competitions, including the Tyson American Cup and the Pacific Alliance Championships. Durante and Hagerty both competed on the team that won the team gold medal at the 2005 Pan American Championships.

Alvarez, who won the all-around at the U.S. Men's Qualifier, was a member of the U.S. Team for the 2006 World Championships, where he advanced to the all-around finals. Golden, Spring and Thornton were members of the 2005 U.S. World Championships Team. Spring recently finished second on the horizontal bar at the World Cup event in Moscow. Golden advanced to the vault finals at the 2005 World Cup in Cottbus, Germany. Thornton was the all-around champion at the 2005 Visa Championships and he advanced to the all-around finals at the 2005 World Championships

The athletes were chosen based on performances at the U.S. Men's Qualifier, held last weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Durante finished third in all-around competition with a score of 174.900. He was followed by Nakamori (174.300) in fourth and Hadden (171.650) in eighth. All three gymnasts will compete at the Visa Championships at San Jose's HP Pavilion beginning Aug. 15.

Menlo School sophomore Jeffrey Langenstein will compete in the junior division.


Posted by Tom, a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2007 at 11:04 am

Stanford is lucky to be getting Bobbie Kelsey back at your school to coach women's basketball. While at Virginia Tech, she was enthusiactic, personable, and a great representative of the University. She will be missed back here in Virginia !!!!!!!!!