Lisa Savoury enters her fourth season as Director of Operations with the Michigan women's basketball program. Savoury enters the 2010-11 season with 16 years of experience as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level.
Savoury spent six seasons at Eastern Michigan University, where she served five years (2001-06) as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator under current Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant before taking on the role of Director of Operations in 2006-07. The Eagles posted a combined record of 114-63 (67-29 Mid-American Conference) during Savoury's tenure, tallying three straight 20-win seasons and a pair of postseason WNIT appearances (2005-06). In addition, EMU claimed the MAC's West Division and tournament championships before securing its first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2004.
Savoury also held assistant coach/recruiting coordinator positions at San Jose State (1999-2001), UNLV (1998-99), Cleveland State (1995-98) and Buffalo (1994-95). While at UNLV, she assisted in the recruitment of Linda Frohlich, who went on to become the Mountain West Conference's Freshman of the Year in 1999 and Player of the Year in 2000, `01 and `02. Frohlich was later drafted by the the WNBA's New York Liberty. During her time at Cleveland State, Savoury helped sign Audra Cook, who was named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference's Newcomer of the Year in 1997 and Player of the Year in 2000 and Mohogany Green, a two-time first team all-conference performer who spent time playing professionally overseas after graduation.
Savoury began her coaching career in 1992, serving as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Brigham Young University. She spent two seasons at BYU, helping the Cougars to a combined record of 40-17 (23-5 Western Athletic Conference). In Savoury's first year on the bench, Brigham Young claimed the WAC regular-season championship (13-1) and a berth in the 1993 NCAA Tournament.
Savoury was a four-year varsity letterwinner at Brigham Young from 1988-92, helping the Cougars to a combined record of 47-65. A two-time team captain, Savoury (then Rathbun) averaged 13.4 points (1,431 total) for her career. She is fifth all-time in rebounds with 758 and is eighth all-time in scoring with 1,431 career points.She is also among BYU's all-time leaders in field goal percentage (.488, 473-of-970) and free throw percentage (.773, 485-of-627). Savoury earned All-WAC second-team honors as a senior after leading the Cougars to their first 20-win season (21-8) since 1981-82.
A native of Cadillac, Mich., Savoury and her husband, Mark, have a son, Jayden and a daughter, Sydney. Savoury also has a stepson, Julian.
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