Michelle Bilek enters her third season as a full-time assistant women's basketball coach for UChicago in 2020-21.
In 2019-20, UChicago posted a 21-6 overall record and won the UAA title. The team qualified for the NCAA tournament for the fourth year in-a-row, advancing to the second round. Taylor Lake, Mia Farrell and Miranda Burt all surpassed 1,000 career points. Lake was named the UAA Player of the Year, as well as receiving All-American honors from D3hoops.com and the WBCA. Sain and her coaching staff garnered UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the fourth time in six years.
The 2018-19 Maroons reached the NCAA postseason for the third-straight season, finishing with a 19-7 overall record. Olariche Obi became the 13th UChicago player to score 1,000 career points.
Bilek brings familiarity with the University Athletic Association (UAA). She arrived at UChicago after spending the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach at fellow conference school New York University. That season, the Violets posted an 18-11 overall record. Bilek also coached and mentored All-American guard Kaitlyn Read, who was picked as the Jostens Trophy winner as well as the UAA Player of the Year.
Prior to her experience at NYU, Bilek served as the Director of Basketball Operations at Columbia University from 2013-17. Her wide breadth of responsibilities included travel arrangements, team equipment, budgeting, academic liaison, community service, summer camps, filming and special events.
Bilek spent seven summers as a basketball camp counselor as well. The Mount Prospect, Ill. native worked camps hosted by Loyola Academy, Trinity High School and Northwestern University.
As a collegian, Bilek played four years of basketball for Illinois Wesleyan University. She was part of the Titans squad that reached the NCAA Final Four in 2011 and won the NCAA Division III national championship in 2012. She was picked as a team captain in her senior season.
Bilek graduated from IWU in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary education – child and family studies.