June 1, 2012
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago head women's basketball coach Eric Simpson has announced the hiring of Lindsay Schrader as an assistant coach. Schrader, who was named Illinois Miss Basketball in 2005 and went on to enjoy a standout collegiate career at Notre Dame, returns to Chicago after spending last season as an assistant coach at Longwood University.
"We are extremely excited about the addition of Lindsay to our coaching staff at Loyola," said Simpson. "Coach Schrader's profile as a former Miss Basketball in Illinois and as captain and All-BIG EAST selection at the University of Notre Dame will positively impact Loyola's ability to recruit top student-athletes in Chicago, Illinois, and the Midwest. Under the guidance of Coach McGraw at Notre Dame, Lindsay also gained a valuable understanding of the ways in which a highly successful program operates and prepares to win basketball games. In addition, Lindsay's experience at the Big Ten Conference and as an assistant coach at Longwood University will be an asset to our women's basketball program."
Schrader is one of the top high school players to ever come out of Chicago's Northwest suburbs, scoring over 2,400 career points during her illustrious career at Bartlett High School. She averaged 22.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game as a senior, when she led Bartlett to the Class AA state championship game while collecting Illinois Miss Basketball, Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year and McDonald's All-American honors.
She then enjoyed a standout career at Notre Dame, earning First Team All-BIG EAST honors each of her last two seasons while helping the Fighting Irish to a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. A two-time team captain, Schrader started 124 games in a Notre Dame uniform, racking up 1,429 points, 828 rebounds and 245 assists during her tenure and earning honorable mention All-America accolades and a spot on the State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List her senior season.
Upon graduation, Schrader completed a one-year internship in governance at the Big Ten Conference before beginning her coaching career at Longwood. While at Longwood, Schrader was involved with recruiting, scouting and game-plan preparation as well as player development, with a focus on frontcourt players. Her tutoring helped the Lancers' Chelsea Coward earn Division I All-Independent Team honors after posting averages of 10.3 ppg and 5.2 rpg.
Schrader graduated from Notre Dame in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Loyola returns its top five scorers from last year's squad and welcomes another talented group of freshmen to the roster for the 2012-13 season.