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Linda Sayavongchanh
Position: Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Alma Mater: Drake
Graduating Year: 2007
Phone: (515)271-2266
Email: linda.sayavongchanh@drake.edu

Former Bulldog women's basketball standout Linda Sayavongchanh is in her third season as a coach.

"Linda is an excellent teacher and has become one of the top up-and-coming young coaches around," said head coach Amy Stephens.

Sayavongchanh was inducted into the Des Moines Lincoln High School Hall of Fame last fall. As a Railsplitter, Sayavongchanh was named Iowa's Miss Basketball in 2002 by the Iowa Newspaper Association following her senior campaign at Lincoln High School in Des Moines.  She also was named the 2002 Class 4A Player of the Year by the Iowa Girls coaches Association averaging 20.4 points, 5.4 assists and 5.2 steals as a senior, with the team being ranked seventh nationally in 2002 by USA Today.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Stephens and what she has done with the women's basketball program," she said.

One of Drake's top all-around competitors, Sayavongchanh played for the Bulldogs from 2002-2006 and was part of Drake squads that advanced to the 2004 and 2006 Women's National Invitational Tournament.

A three-time All-MVC selection, Sayavongchanh finished her career with 1,129 points, ranking 18th all-time at Drake. Named to the MVC All-Defensive team three times, she ranks second in career steals (266) and first (105, 2003-04) and fifth (76, 2004-05) in single-season steals for the Bulldogs. She also ranks ninth with 379 career assists.

Sayavongchanh spent the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Minnesota-Duluth.

Prior to her stint at Minnesota-Duluth she spent the 2006-07 season as a student assistant coach with the Bulldogs, helping the team to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

A Des Moines native, Sayavongchanh graduated from Drake in 2007 with a degree in elementary education and earned her master's degree in education from Minnesota-Duluth in 2009.