AUSTIN, TX —Texas Women’s Basketball Head Coach Vic Schäfer announced Tuesday the hiring of Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, who will join the staff as an assistant coach and scouting coordinator.
Wisdom-Hylton spent the last season as an assistant coach at Boston College and the previous two seasons at Wisconsin. She spent seven seasons on the Purdue sideline after earning two All-America honorable mentions for the Boilermakers as a player. She spent four seasons in the WNBA after being drafted in the first round in 2009.
“We are very pleased to announce the hiring of Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Texas,” Schaefer said.
Her experience as a collegiate player, professional player and as an assistant coach over the past few years gives her immediate credibility with our players. His experience in coaching the position will be key to our inner game.”
Wisdom-Hylton graduated from Purdue with a degree in organizational leadership supervision with a minor in African American studies in 2009 and was the 13th first-round pick of the WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. She played two seasons with the Sparks, one with the Chicago Sky and her final season with the Mystics. Wisdom-Hylton has also played professionally internationally, competing for teams in Austria, France, Greece and Israel.
As a senior at Purdue, Wisdom-Hylton led the Boilermakers in points, rebounds, blocked shots and field goal percentage. She ranks second in Purdue history in career rebounds (968) and second all-time in blocked shots (281). She was the first player in Big Ten history to rack up at least 1,500 points, 900 rebounds, 300 steals and 200 blocks in a career.
“I am so humbled and honored to have the opportunity to coach and help elevate the culture of women’s basketball at one of the finest institutions in the country,” said Wisdom Hylton. “The University of Texas is a powerhouse and I am so excited to join the Longhorn family. I am extremely grateful to Coach Schaefer for giving me the opportunity to nurture these exceptional young women to become not only elite athletes, but also incredible role models.”
The 6-foot-2 forward was a two-time honorable mention All-American, two-time NCAA Regional All-Tournament, two-time Big Ten All-Tournament, 2005 Big Ten All-Freshman team member, and three-time All-Tournament. -Big Ten, including a first-team selection as a junior and senior. She was also the 2007 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a three-time Big Ten All-Defensive Team member. Wisdom-Hylton won two gold medals with USA Basketball, first at the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship and then again in 2007 at the U21 World Championship in Moscow.
The Naperville, Illinois native stood out in high school in Neuqua Valley. Wisdom-Hylton averaged 15.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 5.2 blocks and 4.9 steals as a senior, totaling 1,752 career points and 1,200 career rebounds. She is believed to be the first woman in Illinois high school history to record 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists, 500 blocked shots, and 500 steals.
“I am fully committed to embracing a higher standard, developing and graduating student-athletes, and working with this exceptional staff to make the University of Texas proud as we begin our journey to winning a national championship,” said Wisdom Hylton.
“She was a great player, and as a coach she also helped develop great collegiate players,” Schaefer said. “I think she’s a terrific competitor and will fit in well with the way we do things at the University of Texas. We feel lucky and excited to have Lindsay added to our family. .”