BUENA VISTA, Va.— Southern Virginia University Vice President and Director of Athletics Jason Lamb today named Lynette Schroeder ('08) as the Knights next head women's basketball coach. Schroeder replaces Adam Wardenburg, who was named Southern Virginia's head men's basketball coach earlier today after leading Knights to a 21-6 record last season.
"This was an important hire—one of the most significant of my tenure at Southern Virginia," said Lamb. "Replacing a coach like Adam [Wardenburg] who had such great success with our women's team last season, I felt it was critical to find the right person to continue the program's upward trajectory—and I feel very confident that Coach Schroeder is that person.
"Coach Schroeder is not only a graduate of Southern Virginia University and one of the most accomplished players in the program's history, but she's also had great success as a women's basketball coach proving herself at every opportunity," continued Lamb. "I am confident that she will not only maintain the program's current success but take it to the next level."
One of the most accomplished student-athletes in the history of Southern Virginia athletics, Schroeder played 111 games for the Knights from 2004-08 earning USCAA All-American honors in each of her four seasons. During her sophomore campaign, Schroeder led the Knights to the 2006 USCAA National Championship and still holds the program record for made career three-pointers (251) and ranks second all-time in program history for career points (1,796).
Following her decorated Southern Virginia playing career, Schroeder experienced tremendous success as the head women's basketball coach at Skyline High School in Millcreek, Utah from 2012-18. During her six seasons at the program's help, Schroeder tallied an impressive 112-43 overall record (72.3 winning percentage) including five region championships, three state championship appearances, and a state championship title in 2016-17. Following her state title season, Schroeder was named 2017 USA Today High School Coach of the Year and 2017 Xfinity Sports Coach of the Year. She also earned Region Coach of the Year honors in 2013 and 2015.
After her success at Skyline, Schroeder joined the coaching staff at Westminster College last season (2018-19) helping the Griffins to a 21-6 overall record, their first appearance in the RMAC Tournament Championship game, and a fifth-seed to the NCAA Division II National Tournament—the school's first-ever appearance at the national tournament.
Coming from Westminster, Schroeder becomes the fifth head coach of the women's basketball program. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Southern Virginia University and is currently working on her master's in sport coaching from West Virginia University.
"I am really excited to be back," said Schroeder. "It is amazing to see the growth that has occurred at Southern Virginia University over the last 11 years since I graduated. This is an exciting time to be a part of the women's basketball program and the University.
"I hope to continue to build on the championship mindset established by Coach Wardenburg," continued Schroeder. "We have a very talented group of returning players, and I'm excited to help them continue to build on last season's successes to reach the next level."
Schroeder and her husband Brett, return to Buena Vista, Virginia, along with their four children.