September 23, 2022 

Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton joins the Texas staff

Purdue alum discusses her move to Texas and what excites her most

The Texas women’s basketball program announced that Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton will be joining the staff.

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To say that Wisdom-Hylton is bringing a treasure trove of experience is an understatement. She shined in college at Purdue where she ranks second in program history in both rebounds and blocks. She was named to three Big Ten All-Defensive Teams and was the 2007 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

Her college career led to her being drafted to the WNBA in 2009 and playing for four years with three teams, alongside her international basketball career. Following her playing days, she transitioned to the sidelines where she has spent time at Purdue, Wisconsin and Boston College over the past decade.

Members of the Texas Longhorns team and pep band gather at halfcourt and pose in celebration
Texas won its first Big 12 tournament since 2003 on March 13, 2022. (Photo credit: Longhorn Pep Band)

The Next was able to catch up with Wisdom-Hylton on just her second day on the job with Texas.

“I feel like this program can do amazing things, and obviously the opportunity to get to Final Fours and win championships, they are right on the brink of that. Obviously your main goal as a coach and player, you wanna win championships and obviously play and coach for a legendary coach, like [Texas head coach] Vic Schaefer,” said Wisdom-Hylton.

Schaefer, whom Wisdom-Hylton had not met prior to discussions around the job, was a large factor in her move from Boston College. 

“I also asked people on his staff his current staff, his past staff and he’s just an amazing person in general. He really takes care of his people. Does an amazing job building relationships with his players. He’s been very successful everywhere he goes, he’s got that special touch,” said Wisdom-Hylton.

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While she wasn’t yet entirely familiar with the roster, it didn’t take Wisdom-Hylton long to find something that she liked. The size the Longhorns possess on the roster.

“I love the size. We have 6’4, 6’4, 6’4 and 6’5, and then another 6’9 or 6’7 kid coming in as well. Typically on the past rosters, I’ve usually had one big kid or two or three post players and centers; here we have four or five that can really go and help us out,” said Wisdom-Hylton with some clear excitement in her voice.

Vic Schaefer has been busy with preseason moves to his staff. Texas announced the elevation of his daughter Blair Schaefer to an assistant coaching role, previously the Director of Operations.

Texas will be looking to follow up their Big 12 Tournament victory and Elite Eight appearance by taking that next step and reaching the Final Four.

Written by Tyler DeLuca

Tyler DeLuca has been contributing to The Next team since May 2022. Tyler currently is the Big 12 beat writer for The Next. Tyler's work is also featured on Twitter with The Committee, hosting the "Art of the Paint" podcast and on Gameday U Hoops throughout the college season.

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