Linda Sayavongchanh is in her first season as assistant coach, primarily working with point guards in individual workouts and defensive game planning. She is also a recruiting coordinator at the University of North Dakota.
"It is exciting to add Linda to the University of North Dakota family," said UND head coach Travis Brewster. "Linda has a gregarious personality, which is vital being a recruiting coordinator, and she has established herself nationally on the recruiting trail, especially in the Midwest."
Sayavongchanh came to North Dakota after having spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Drake University. While with the Bulldogs, Sayavongchanh's responsibilities included guard and post player development, all aspects of recruiting, practice and game preparation, team travel, academic coordinator, and opponent scouting.
A standout player at Drake from 2002 to 2006, Sayavongchanh was a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) selection and a three-time MVC All-Defensive Team pick. She graduated ranked second all-time at Drake in career steals (266), ninth in assists (379) and 18th in points (1,129). In 2003-04, Sayavongchanh set a Drake single-season record with 105 steals. The Bulldogs participated in the Women's Basketball Invitation Tournament (WNIT) twice during her playing career (2004, 2006).
Sayavongchanh spent the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Prior to her stint at Minnesota Duluth, she spent the 2006-07 season as a student assistant coach at Drake, helping the team to the MVC Tournament title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, is a member of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHAU) Hall of Fame and the Des Moines Lincoln High School Hall of Fame.
She graduated from Drake in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and earned her master's degree in education from Minnesota Duluth in 2009.