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.
Ryckbosch, who served on the Blue Demon staff from 1991-2002, is in her fourth season in her current role and returns to Lincoln Park after spending nine seasons at University of Illinois-Chicago as the program's head women's basketball coach.
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.
While on the South Side she helped the Flames to their first postseason appearance in the 2007 WNIT. Her 2006-07 team set a school record for wins with 19 which included a stretch of 11 straight.
At UIC, Ryckbosch tutored 25 All-Horizon League performers while she graduated 88 percent of her student-athletes that completed their eligibility. Ryckbosch also served as an assistant coach at UIC during the 1990-91 season.
Prior to taking the head coaching position at UIC, Ryckbosch served as the associate head coach at DePaul during the 2001-02 season and was an assistant coach from 1991-2001.
During Ryckbosch's first stint with the Blue Demons, she served as the recruiting coordinator and helped the program to eight postseason appearances, including five NCAA Tournaments and three Conference Championships. Ryckbosch helped sign the nation's eighth-ranked recruiting class in 1997, while DePaul's 2001 class ranked 19th in the country.
Prior to moving to the collegiate level, Ryckbosch taught mathematics at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills and also served as the head varsity girl's basketball coach.
Ryckbosch played college basketball at Loyola-Chicago from 1980-84. She was a two-time co-captain and finished her career as the Ramblers' all-time leading scorer and was second in rebounding.
Upon graduation from Loyola, Ryckbosch went on to play professionally in Belgium for DBC Aalst Women's Basketball Club from 1984-87.
Ryckbosch's husband Bart is a native of Belgium and is the archivist at the Art Institute of Chicago. The pair has two children -- Peter and Steven.
Peter is a member of the Blue Demon men's basketball team and is a junior at DePaul. Steven graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown in 2011. He is currently working on his PhD in Organic Chemistry at Stanford.