Sam Hoyt was named as the ninth head coach of the Michigan Tech women's basketball program, Director of Athletics Suzanne Sanregret announced Tuesday (May 29, 2018). Hoyt returns to Tech from the University of Sioux Falls where she served as an assistant coach. Hoyt was a standout player for the Huskies, helping lead the program to the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship game as well as garnering multiple individual awards, including All-American Honorable Mention honors.
In her first season at Tech (2018-19), Hoyt guided the Huskies to a 21-9 overall record and a 16-4 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Huskies claimed their 16th GLIAC North Division/Conference title last season and were the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament.
"I am truly honored and humbled to be named the next head coach of the Michigan Tech women's basketball program," Hoyt said. "I'm thrilled to be back at my alma mater and to give back to this school and community that have given so much to me. I would like to thank Athletic Director, Suzanne Sanregret, for showing confidence in my abilities and giving me this unbelievable opportunity. I'm looking forward to continuing and building upon the great tradition of athletic and academic success that is Michigan Tech women's basketball."
Hoyt brings a wealth of coaching experience to Tech from both the NCAA Division I and II levels. In Hoyt's most recent stop at the University of Sioux Falls, she was involved in all facets of the program. She played an integral role in player development, served as the recruiting coordinator, created scouting reports, ran summer camps, and had responsibilities for film breakdown.
Prior to serving as the assistant coach at USF, Hoyt was an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Youngstown State University under former Tech head coach John Barnes. Hoyt worked with the guards, did film breakdown, created scouting reports, and had recruiting responsibilities in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.
Hoyt helped guide the Penguins to a 21-13 record during the 2015-16 campaign and a spot in the semifinals of the WBI Tournament. In addition, Youngstown State had the third highest team GPA in NCAA Division I that season. Mary Dunn was named the Freshman of the Year in the Horizon League following the 2016-17 season.
Hoyt also coached at the NCAA Division II level during the 2014-15 season as an assistant at Northwood University in Midland.
"I'm excited that Sam is returning to Tech as the new head coach of our storied women's basketball program," Michigan Tech Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret said. "Sam is a solid leader who has integrity, character, and the desire to prepare and develop student-athletes to be their best on and off the court. She brings a wealth of experience to Michigan Tech as both a coach and student-athlete at the collegiate level. I look forward to working with Sam in the years to come as she continues to grow and advance Tech women's basketball."
"I'm confident that Sam will continue to build upon the success the team has enjoyed through the years." Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Les P. Cook said. "Sam has demonstrated outstanding success as both a student-athlete and now as a coach. These experiences will provide her a great foundation as she leads our program forward. I'm incredibly happy to have Sam returning "home" to continue to carry on the legacy of success that is Michigan Tech women's basketball."
Hoyt is Michigan Tech's seventh all-time leading scorer, amassing 1,434 career points during her four-year career which spanned 124 games. Hoyt owns the second highest career free throw percentage in program history at 84.8 percent and is tied for the second highest single season free throw percentage at 89.5 percent. The Huskies boasted an overall record of 103-22 during her career as a player.
Hoyt was a Team Captain, First Team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection, and a two-time WBCA All-America Honorable Mention honoree following her junior and senior seasons. Hoyt was an excellent student in the classroom, receiving All-GLIAC Academic Excellence honors each of her four season. She was a Second Team Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American as a junior and was named to the First Team at the conclusion of her senior season.