June 23, 2007
Los Angeles, CA (June 23) - Loyola Marymount women's basketball Head Coach Julie Wilhoit announced the hiring of Michelle Zylstra as an assistant coach, completing the Lions' coaching staff for the upcoming 2007-08 season. Zylstra joins Brian Rosario as first-year assistants on Wilhoit's staff.
Zylstra comes to LMU from Yale University where she was an assistant for two seasons. She was responsible for the national recruiting strategy at Yale, mentoring the front-court players while serving as the team's academic liaison. She also directed the team's summer basketball camp.
"Michelle is the final piece to a great coaching staff that I am very excited about," said Wilhoit. "Her experience as an assistant coach at Yale and her playing experience at the Division I level will be very positive for our program."
In her two years at Yale, she helped develop two All-Ivy League front-court performers in 2007, including the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
She graduated form Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies in June of 2004. In four years at Northwestern, Zylstra was named team captain for the Big Ten's women's basketball team while become a four-year letterwinner.
She received the Roger and Mildred White Endowed Scholarship for outstanding service to athletics and for contributions of inspiration, leadership and allegiance to the women's basketball program. She also served as the team's SAAC representative from 2002-04 and in that time was named Northwestern's representative to Big Ten SAAC in 2003 and 2004.
Following graduation, she spent a year as an Educational Consultant for the Transit Group and as an Academic Coach for the National Football Foundation. For the Transit Group, she was responsible for development and implementation of educational plans for players on 10 National Football teams, including the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. She created customized continuing-educational plans for NFL athletes, based on desired course of study, educational status and geographical location.
"Michelle's work in academics while a student at Northwestern and after she earned her degree is impressive," said Wilhoit. "Her commitment to academics and for the game of women's basketball will really help our student-athletes become successful."
With the National Football Foundation, she implemented individual study programs for members of high school football programs. In addition, she established peer mentoring programs and organized life skill sessions, including ACT and SAT prep courses.