Wisconsin women’s basketball program parts with assistant coach Sasha Palmer

March 20, 2018 GMT

Sasha Palmer, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team for the past three years, is leaving the program.

Coach Jonathan Tsipis confirmed Monday that Palmer’s contract is not being renewed and that he has begun a search for her successor.

“We want to wish Sasha luck in her future endeavors and thank her for her hard work and contributions to the program over the past three years,” Tsipis said.

Palmer, a Watertown native, was the only holdover from Bobbie Kelsey’s staff when Tsipis took over the program in 2016. She had worked one season under Kelsey after serving as recruiting coordinator at Syracuse. The Orange went 45-20 in her two seasons there, but the lure of returning home proved too strong to resist when Kelsey offered her the opportunity.

After a standout prep career at Watertown, Palmer (formerly Leverentz) played at Northern Michigan, where she led the Wildcats to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region championship in 1998.

“I want to thank Wisconsin for giving me the opportunity to coach here,” Palmer said. “The coaches around the state and the area have been very supportive.”

As recruiting coordinator, Palmer played a role in helping Tsipis put together the 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes, which currently number nine players, including 2019 commit Sydney Hilliard of Monroe.

“She was a recruiting wiz for Wisconsin,” said Jerald Davis, head of the Chicago Hoops Express AAU program. “She has a lot to do with some of the top 2019s and 2020s that Wisconsin is recruiting from Illinois, not to mention Minnesota, Wisconsin and the East Coast.”

Palmer’s husband Jamal recently was named head coach of the men’s basketball team at Madison Area Technical College.