|Associates Degree:||Ellsworth Community College|
|Bachelor's Degree:||Grand View University|
|Master's Degree:||Southwest Minnesota State University|
In her seven years as head coach of the Indian Hills volleyball program, Lyndsey Michel has led the Warriors to 197 victories, an average of over 28 wins per season. Michel became the fourth head volleyball coach in school history when she replaced Terry Carlson in 2011. She was an assistant under Carlson for one year before taking the top job.
The Warriors had an 18-16 record in 2018. They won three of four matches in a tournament hosted by Iowa Western and took all four matches in a tourney at Otero Junior College in Colorado early in the season. The wins at Otero were part of a season-best six-match winning streak. IHCC defeated John A. Logan in their first postseason test before being knocked out of the Super Regional by Mineral Area. Freshman Mariana Rodrigues became the fourth All-American coached by Michel when she was named to the NJCAA second team following a season in which she was among the national leaders in kills and kills per set. Rodrigues and Cecelia Campos were chosen for the all-region team. Nine players on the 2018 roster earned a spot on the academic all-region squad and the Warriors were a NJCAA academic team of the year with their cumulative grade point average of 3.10. Iva Vranic was a NJCAA first-team all-academic performer and Amanda Toyota made the second team.
Michel's four teams prior to last year won a total of 130 matches. IHCC has been ranked at least twice in the national polls in each of her seven seasons, including the top rating in school history -- 3rd -- in 2015.
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 and nine players earned recognition on the conference all-academic squad.
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 battled to a 19-24 record in 2013, but did have two all-region first-team selections in Peyton Crosser 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 four NJCAA All-Americans, including Tamara Merseli, a two-time honoree. Rodrigues last year along with Kameo Pope and Yanjiao Zhao have also earned All-American honors.
Michel's overall record as a head coach, including two years at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, is 235-121.
A native of Atalissa, Iowa, and a graduate of Wilton High School, Michel was a student-athlete at 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.
Lyndsey and her husband Miraldo have three children, Mason, Mily and Myer.