Men's and women's basketball team with Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council
Earlier this month, the DePaul men's and women's basketball partnered with Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council for the 11th annual
Women's basketball coach has created a culture of winning in the classroom and on the court
Blue Demons combined for an impressive 3.622 team GPA in 2014-15
Combination of speed and size providing quality depth for Blue Demons
Lisa Ryckbosch moves from Chicago's Southside to the Northside and serves as the program's liaison to members of the University community and Chicago's corporate community, while also handling the program's relationships with professional basketball franchises in the United States and overseas.
Since returning to the Lincoln Park, DePaul has seen tremendous success on the court while under Ryckbosch leadership the Blue Demons have stepped up their community service efforts and have continued to thrive in the classroom.
Ryckbosch has coordinated many of DePaul’s community outreach efforts. She regularly visits Chicagoland grammar schools and speaks about the importance of leadership and teamwork, while also promoting the “DePaulball” brand. She coordinates DePaul’s efforts to host basketball clinics for grammar schools and is in charge of all DePaul’s basketball camps. Ryckbosch also spearheads women’s basketball’s Christmas Toy Drive which benefits the students at the Saint Vincent de Paul Center.
Making academics a priority, the Blue Demons have become a mainstay in the WBCA Team Academic Poll. The Blue Demons broke into the top 10 in the poll in 2011 and have ranked as high as No. 2 in 2012-13 when Blue Demons set a program record by recording the second-highest team GPA in the country. Last season DePaul ranked third in the WBCA Poll, while the program moved it streak to eight consecutive seasons with the highest GPA in the BIG EAST.
As the person in charge of handling DePaul’s travel arrangements during the regular season, she also helped with the logistics of the Blue Demons Vincentian Heritage tour in 2014.
During her time with the Flames, Ryckbosch posted 128 wins and left UIC as the program's all-time winningest coach and the only head coach in the program's history to reach the 100-win plateau.
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