A Street & Smith's All-American during her playing days at Northwestern, Michele Savage is in her fifth season as a member of the Green Wave coaching staff. While working with the Tulane post players, Savage has coached WNBA players Teana McKiver and Gwen Slaughter during her time in New Orleans.
Savage's duties touch all areas of the Tulane program as she coaches the Green Wave post players on a day-to-day basis while also working with recruiting, directing Tulane's scouting efforts, and overseeing the team's academic progress. She is the women's basketball program's liaison with the athletic department's marketing and game management units among many other responsibilities.
The Illinois native came to Tulane after two seasons as an assistant coach at Cornell University. She helped the Big Red achieve its best season in school history while signing three players who earned honorable mention All-America honors in high school - two from New York and one from New Mexico. Her specific duties included coordinating Cornell's recruiting efforts and supervising the skill development and workouts of the post players.
Prior to her arrival at Cornell, Savage spent the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons as an assistant coach at Toledo, where she coached the post players and served as recruiting coordinator. She helped guide the Rockets to a Mid-American Conference championship and a mention in the Top 25 rankings. In 1998-99, Toledo advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed, and its star player, the two-time Mid-America Conference Player of the Year, was named honorable mention All-American.
Before coaching at Toledo, Savage spent two seasons at Chicago State University.
Savage graduated from Northwestern University in 1993 after a standout career with the Wildcats. A three-time All-Big Ten selection, she was a Kodak All-District choice in 1990, 1991 and 1992 and earned All-America recognition from Street & Smith's in 1991. She helped lead the Wildcats to the 1990 Big Ten Championship and to appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 1990 and 1991 as NU posted 20-plus wins both years.
One of the top 15 players in the nation as a high school senior, she led Northwestern in scoring three times and was also the team's top rebounder in 1990 and 1991. Her career field goal percentage of .606 is still a school record as is her .652 single-season mark from 1990. Savage scored in double figures in 25 straight games as a junior and had a 23-game double-figure scoring streak her senior season.