WCC Tournament First Round
Photos by Scott Cunningham
Michelle Zylstra enters her fourth season as an assistant coach at LMU. Zylstra assists in all facets of the LMU basketball program, including recruiting and scouting, and serves as the team's academic liaison. On the court, her primary coaching responsibilities include working with the post players.
Zylstra came to LMU from Yale University, where she was an assistant for two seasons. While at Yale, she assisted with the national recruiting strategy, mentoring the front-court players while serving as the team's academic liaison. She also directed the program's summer basketball camp.
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.
Zylstra graduated form Northwestern University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies. A three-year starter and four-year letter winner at Northwestern, Zylstra was named team captain as a senior. She finished her career in the school's top ten for three-pointers attempted, three-pointers made, and three-point field goal percentage.
Zylstra was a recipient of 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, Zylstra spent a year as an Educational Consultant for the National Football League and volunteered as an Academic Coach for the National Football Foundation.
For the NFL, 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-education plans for NFL athletes, based on desired course of study, educational status and geographical location.
As an academic coach with the National Football Foundation, she implemented individual study programs for athletes at a Chicago area high school. In addition, she established peer mentoring programs and organized life skill sessions, including ACT and SAT prep courses.
A native of Huntington Beach, CA, Zylstra graduated from Edison High School.