May 7, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - The Tulane women's basketball program has hired Michele Savage as its newest assistant coach, head coach Lisa Stockton announced Monday.
Savage comes to Tulane after having spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Cornell University. She helped the Big Red achieve its best season in school history, while recruiting three players who earned honorable mention high school All-America honors.
"Michele brings a great reputation as a successful player at a high-level academic institution as well as extensive experience as a college recruiter," Stockton said. "I think Michele is attracted to the success of Tulane, both as an academic institution and as a women's basketball program. She has great enthusiasm for what we are trying to accomplish at Tulane."
While at Cornell, Savage supervised the skill development and workouts of the post players while coordinating the Big Red's recruiting program. Her signees included a post player ranked among the nation's Top 25 at her position as well as two high school All-Americans from New York and one from New Mexico.
Prior to her arrival at Cornell, Savage spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Toledo, where she also coached the post players and served as recruiting coordinator. She helped guide the Rockets to a Mid-American Conference championship as well as a mention in the Top 25 rankings. During the 1998-99 season, the Rockets advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed. That same season, she coached an honorable mention All-American as well as the two-time Mid-America Conference Player of the Year.
"I'm extremely excited to be joining the Tulane women's basketball program," Savage said. "This is a great opportunity for me to work with a program that has been very successful over the last seven seasons. I am very much looking forward to helping continue that tradition and helping to improve upon it."
Savage graduated from Northwestern University in 1993 after a standout career with the Wildcats. She was a three-time All-Big Ten selection, while also earning honorable mention Kodak All-America honors in 1990, `91 and `92. She helped lead the Wildcats to the 1990 Big Ten championship as well as two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. As a high school senior, Savage was chosen as one of the Top 15 players in the nation.
Before coaching at Toledo, Savage spent two seasons at Chicago State University, where she was responsible for recruiting and post player development.
"I am impressed with Michele's love of the game and her commitment to the coaching profession," Stockton said. "Her recruiting contacts in the northeast and midwest will be great assets to our program."