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 was named assistant coach in September of 2017, assuming the responsibilities as the team's post coach after former assistant coach Bart Brooks was named head coach at Belmont.
Since returning to the Lincoln Park, DePaul has continued to experience tremendous success on the court. Starting with the 2013-14 season, the Blue Demons have won five consecutive BIG EAST regular-season titles, and the 98-63 triumph over Marquette on March 6, 2018 was their third BIG EAST Tournament crown in the last five years.
Ryckbosch coordinated many of DePaul’s community outreach efforts. She regularly visited Chicagoland grammar schools and spoke about the importance of leadership and teamwork, while also promoting the “DePaulball” brand. She coordinated DePaul’s efforts to host basketball clinics for grammar schools and was in charge of all DePaul’s basketball camps. Ryckbosch also spearheaded women’s basketball’s Christmas Toy Drive which benefits the students at the Saint Vincent de Paul Center. She coordinated the team's volunteer work at the Sheffield Garden Walk, Chicago Park District Fitness Fest and the Hoops in the Hood program.
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 ranked as high as No. 2 in 2011 and 2012. DePaul has recorded the highest team GPA among BIG EAST women's basketball programs in nine of the last 10 years.
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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