Lindsey Schultz begins her first year of coaching as a student assistant, fresh off a record-breaking senior season with the Salukis. The Valparaiso, Indiana native was named First Team all-MVC, Verizon Academic All-District V First Team, MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and to the MVC All-Tournament team in 2002.
She was a key member of last year’s squad that went 23-10, reached SIU’s first MVC Tournament final and tied for the best league finish (12-6 MVC) in third place. The 23-10 overall record is the best in head coach Sonya Locke’s 12 years and in the last 17 seasons.
Schultz also left her mark in the SIU and MVC record books after her four-year career. The three-year starter ended her senior season with a .338 single season hitting percentage, which is third on the SIU all-time list behind Locke’s .369 mark in 1981 and her own .355 mark in 2001. The .355 mark is tied for third and the .338 mark is 19th on the MVC single season record list respectively. Her career hitting percentage of .311 is second on the SIU record list behind Locke’s .320 career mark and ties for fifth on the MVC career hitting percentage mark.
Schultz is also in the SIU record book for kills (444-7th), block assists (93-9th) and games played (121-9th) in a single season, and solo blocks (71-9th) and block assists (284-4th) in a career. She led the Salukis in solo blocks the last three years, and block assists and total blocks the last two years. Schultz also entered the MVC Tournament record book with 27 kills in SIU’s first round win over Illinois State in the 2002 MVC Tournament, tying her for seventh on the MVC Tournament record list.
The first-year coach has played with the five returning players and assistant coach Lenika Lamar in her career. Schultz will graduate with a degree in civil engineering in December.