Assistant Coach, Austin Peay State University
NCAA Division I
Lindi Bankowski just completed her third season as assistant coach at Austin Peay State University, which resulted in one of the best turnarounds in the program's history. After losing seasons since 2001, Bankowski was part of the coaching staff that guided Austin Peay to a 22-11 record and into Ohio Valley Conference tournament semifinals.
Having graduated from IPFW in 2005 after a stellar four-year career as starting setter, Bankowski not only works hard at coaching the players at Austin Peay, but she works just as hard to ensure they get the most out of their college experience.
"My goals are to keep developing great female athletes, not only on the court, but off the court as well," she said. "I believe that many important life decisions are made in the college years, and I want to continue to be a positive influence in young people's lives. Whether as an assistant, or one day a head coach, I want to continue to instill sound principles and work ethics in the athletes I coach."
Bankowski credits her parents and two former coaches for her decision to get into coaching. "Growing up, my mom coached volleyball and my dad coached wrestling, so coaching was instilled in me at a young age," she said. "I was also greatly influenced by my high school and college coaches, Jodi Manore at Bedford High School, and Kelly Hartley-Hutton at IPFW. They always encouraged me to choose this career path and have been great resources along the way."