Lyndsey Michel
Lyndsey Michel
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (641) 683-5204
Associates Degree: Ellsworth Community College
Bachelor's Degree: Grand View University
Master's Degree: Southwest Minnesota State University

In her six years as head coach of the Indian Hills volleyball program, Lyndsey Michel has led Indian Hills to 179 victories.  Her last four teams have each won at least 29 matches, she has compiled a record of 179-67 since replacing Terry Carlson as head coach in 2011, and the mark is 130-32 over the past four years.

In 2017 the Warriors finished 29-15. After not being included in the NJCAA ratings to begin the season they entered the national Division I poll midway through the campaign and were rated 6th for two weeks and 7th for two.  They won all four matches in an early-season tournament at Barton (Kans.) College and knocked off a handful of ranked teams during the year.  Jessica DaSilva and Camila Nicoletti were named All-Region at the conclusion of the season and nine players earned recognition on the conference all-academic squad.  DaSilva, Shenglan Chen and Raegan Moeller all signed letters of intent with four-year schools to continue their education and volleyball career after graduating from IHCC.

Michel's 2016 squad was 37-5 and won 24 matches in a row in one stretch.  The Warriors were ranked 6th in the preseason poll and stayed in the ratings all season long, winding up 8th at the end of the campaign. 

In 2015 Michel notched her 100th career victory as head coach of the Warriors in a season highlighed by a win against Iowa Western, the first victory against the region rivals in ten years. The 2015 squad earned the highest national ranking in school history and they remained at number-three for consecutive weeks.

Indian Hills went 32-7 in 2014 for the most wins in seven years.  IHCC got off to a fast start, winning their first 10 matches and jumping into the NJCAA national poll at No. 14.  They were nationally-ranked the rest of the season.  

With a young team, the Warriors struggled to a 19-24 record in 2013, but they did have two all-region first-team selections in Peyton Crosser (currently an assistant coach at IHCC) and Kassidy Guihan.

In Michel's first season at the helm in 2012 the Warriors finished 30-11, losing in the championship match of the super regionals.  A 9-1 record to begin the season propelled Indian Hills into the national ratings at No. 18.   

Michel has coached three NJCAA All-Americans.  Tamara Merseli was a two-time honoree and Kameo Pope and Yanjiao Zhao have also earned All-American honors.

Michel came to Indian Hills in 2011 and spent one season as an assistant coach under IHCC Hall of Fame coach Terry Carlson before she was picked to lead the program. 

Michel's overall record as a head coach, including two years at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, is 217-105.

A native of Atalissa, Iowa and a graduate of Wilton High School, Michel attended Ellsworth where she played for teams that had the best records in school history, back-to-back winning seasons that included a 26-16 record and a regional final appearance as a sophomore.  She was named Ellsworth’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2006.

Michel served as a member of the coaching staff at the Iowa High Performance volleyball camp where she had the opportunity to work alongside some of the state's elite college coaches.  She also assisted three-time Olympian Jeff Nygaard in working with middle hitters.  The IHCC head coach was an assistant coach for the USA High Performance championships in Tulsa, Okla., with Iowa's GSEL 2014 Black team.

After earning her associate's degree from Ellsworth, Michel moved on to Grand View University in Des Moines where she received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business.  At Grand View, she was twice an honorable mention all-conference volleyball player in the Midwest Collegiate Conference and earned academic honors as well.  She has a master's degree from Southwest Minnesota State University. Michel and her husband Miraldo have two children, Mason and Mily.