Chevelle Saunsoci | Assistant Coach
After a stellar playing career with Creighton from 2005-10, Chevelle (Herring) Saunsoci returned to the Bluejay bench in 2013 as an assistant coach. She shares responsibilities for recruiting as well as on-court work with the guards.
During Saunsoci’s time on the bench the Bluejays have made two trips to the NCAA Tournament (2013 & 2017), advancing to the Second Round each time.She specifically worked sophomore Jaylyn Agnew, helping the Kansas native earn the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year honor in 2017.
Before returning to Creighton, Saunsoci served as an assistant coach at Midland University in 2012-13. Despite being with the Warriors for just one season, Saunsoci helped Midland improve its record by 33 percent, moving from nine to 12 victories.
Prior to Midland, Saunsoci coached at Benson High School (2010-11) and with the Omaha Crusaders AAU team (2011). In addition, Saunsoci led the South Dakota Attack, an Elite AAU team, during the summer of 2013.
A three-year starter for Creighton, Saunsoci played her entire tenure under Flanery’s direction. She closed her career with 1,098 points, 254 assists and 119 steals.
Following her junior season, Saunsoci was an All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team selection as she led Creighton with 441 points. She also earned a spot on the 2010 MVC All-Tournament Team, helping the Bluejays advance to the championship game.
Saunsoci graduated from Creighton university with a bachelor’s degree in public relations in 2010. During the summer of 2017, Chevelle married Eddie Saunsoci.
Linda Sayavongchanh | Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
A nine-year coaching veteran, Sayavongchanh joined the Bluejays prior to the 2015-16 season, after spending two years (2013-15) on the sidelines for the Saint Louis Billikens. She also spent time on the bench for North Dakota (2012-13), Drake (2009-12) and began her career as a graduate assistant for the University of Minnesota-Duluth (2007-09).
With the Bluejays, Sayavongchanh is the recruiting coordinator and also works with the guards.
Sayavongchanh has been critical to the development of Sydney Lamberty over the past two seasons. Lamberty’s overall shooting percentage climbed seven percent last season, while the Minnesota guard collected a spot on the BIG EAST All-Tournament teamin 2017.
A standout athlete before beginning her coaching career, Sayavongchanh starred at Drake from 2002-06. A three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, Sayavongchanh finished her career with 1,129 points and was named to the MVC All-Defensive team three times. She closed her career second in steals for the Bulldogs with 266, including 105 in 2003-04. During her tenure at Drake, Sayavongchanh was 5-4 against the Bluejays. Amongst those battles was the 2005 MVC Tournament title game that saw Sayavongchanh dish out a team-high six assists and score 15 points to lead Drake to 61-44 win and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
A star at Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Sayavongchanh is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame as well as the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame.
Sayavongchanh holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Drake (2007) and earned a master’s degree in education at Minnesota-Duluth in 2009. She and longtime boyfriend Joe Konrad reside in Omaha.
Carli Tritz | Assistant Coach
Continuing to climb the coaching ranks, Carli Tritz accepted Creighton’s open assistant coach position in July of 2017. Back for her fourth season on the Bluejay bench, Tritz has gracefully transitioned from a graduate assistant (2014-2016), to a video coordinator last season and now into a full-time coaching role.
One of the most dynamic players to don a Creighton women’s basketball uniform, Tritz has been as versatile as a staff member as she was on the court. Serving as a graduate manager during her first two years on staff she took on a portion of the Director of Operations role while Jenny Vickers was out on maternity leave during the 2014-15 season. The following season Tritz moved into a video coordinator role, handling all film exchange and setup for the coaching staff.
During her playing days Tritz’s best performance as a Bluejay came when her team needed it the most, the 2012 MVC Tournament. She was named the Tournament MVP, delivering a career-high 29 points in the Bluejays’ semifinal win over Missouri State. One night later in the final against Drake, Tritz supplied 19 points to guide Creighton to its first NCAA Tournament appearance under Flanery.
Carli closed her sophomore season with All-MVC First Team honors. She was named MVC Tournament MVP after averaging 19.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Tritz set Creighton MVC Tournament records by making 20 and attempting 26 free throws during the tournament. She was the highest scoring sophomore in the MVC (14.4 ppg) and the first sophomore to lead the Jays in scoring since MVC Player of the Year Christy Neneman in 2001-02.
Forced to end her playing career (with the exception of a brief appearance on senior night) prior to the 2013-14 season due to chronic knee pain, Tritz recorded 1,041 points over 97 games.
“Getting hurt really opened my eyes to the other side of sports. I enjoy the impact you can have on another person’s life,” said Tritz. “I have great respect for this program, from the coaching staff to the players and I believe this position offers a tremendous chance to develop as a coach.
Jenny Vickers | Director of Operations
Jenny (Burns) Vickers returns for her 14th season on the Creighton women’s basketball staff, including her fifth season as the Director of Basketball Operations. Vickers served as an assistant coach for the Bluejays from 2006-13 and was the graduate manager for two seasons (2004-06).
Amongst Vickers’ responsibilities include coordinating camps, marketing the team, coordinating travel and setting up community outreach.
Vickers’ impact on the Creighton program has been impressive. Her coaching of forwards Megan Neuvirth and Sam Schuett helped the duo to impressive freshmen campaigns in 2006-07. Neuvirth led the team and Missouri Valley Conference in steals, topped the team in rebounding and earned league Newcomer of the Year honors, while Schuett led the Jays in three-point shooting and earned MVC All-Freshman Team recognition. Neuvirth, the 2008-09 MVC Defensive Player of the Year, had an outstanding career, finishing with more than 1,200 points and a school-record 929 career rebounds. Both Neuvirth and Schuett earned All-MVC First Team honors in 2009-10.
The former Jenny Burns was a forward for the Bluejays from 1999 through 2003. Prior to returning to the Bluejay bench, Vickers spent the 2003-04 season as an intern in the Creighton athletics department working with both marketing and ticketing. She also spent a semester each as a student teacher and a substitute teacher in the Bellevue, Neb., school district. While working at Bellevue West High School with former Creighton assistant Matt Fritsche, Vickers coached the junior varsity basketball team. She has also coached with the Crusaders summer basketball program.
The Minnetonka, Minn., native was a starter on Creighton’s back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship teams in 2001-02 and 2002-03. She was a major contributor to Creighton’s 2002 NCAA Tournament team and 2003 WNIT Final Four squad.
Vickers was twice named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and earned CoSIDA Academic All-District VII Second Team accolades as a senior while graduating with a 3.96 grade-point average. She led the Jays in blocked shots as a senior and finished her career ranked in the top-10 in Creighton career blocked shots. Despite battling injuries during her first two seasons, she ranked eighth in games played when she finished her career.
Vickers earned bachelor of arts degrees in history and secondary education in December 2003. She and her husband, Steve, reside in Omaha and have children, Connor, Sam and Walter.
Connie Yori | Program Advisor
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