Former Indiana State University and Elyria High School Standout Accepts Coaching Position

Lake Ridge Academy has named Lisa Verhoff-Medvetz as its Girls’ Head Basketball Coach. Athletic Director, Debby Ghezzi, made the official announcement stating, “We are thrilled to have a west side icon with such great playing and coaching experience join the Lake Ridge Academy community. Her experience as a player and coach will not only help our students at this level, but will provide them with direction needed to succeed in college.” In addition, Coach Medvetz will be teaching kindergarten through grade 12 physical education classes.

A native of Elyria, Ohio, Coach Medvetz was a standout player at Elyria High School. She went to Indiana State University on a full ride athletic scholarship, graduating Cum Laude with a sports fitness and exercise physiology degree. “After meeting with students and teachers on Lake Ridge Academy’s campus I knew this was the school to develop my own program at. I look forward to helping create a tradition of success.”

Coaching Highlights

  • Notre Dame College, Head Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, 2007-2012
  • 93-54 overall record
  • Nationally ranked in the Top 25 in 7 team statistical categories for 2011-2012

Collegiate Distinctions

  • Missouri Valley Conference Championships in 2003 and 2006
  • 88-36 overall career playing record
  • Scored over 1,000 points in college career
  • Finished second all-time in school history with 214 career 3 point shots made
  • Finished first in school history in 3 point field goal percentage (44.0%)
  • Finished first in school history in free throw shooting percentage (89.0%)
  • Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshmen Team in 2003
  • Missouri Valley Conference Scholar Athlete in 2004, 2005, and 2006
  • Also played with my older sister, Jessy (Verhoff) Bendik, for 2 years at Indiana State

Local Distinctions

  • Lorain County Ms. Basketball (2002)
  • 1st team All-Ohio (2002, 2001)
  • All- Ohio Division 1 Player of the Year (2002)
  • Northeast District Player of the Year
  • Lorain County Player of the Year
  • Scored over 1,000 pts in high school

girls basketball district champsWhat a season it has been for the Girls’ Basketball team! The Lady Royals are the 8th ranked Division IV team in Ohio.

At the Northeast Ohio League Conference Awards the Lake Ridge Academy Royals were crowned League Champions! Senior Monet Saunders was name the Most Valuable Player and seniors Sharday Baines and Sydney Clark earned honorable mention.

After an amazing season the team went on to win the school’s first ever basketball district title and earned great honors. Coach Lisa Medvetz was named coach of the year and Senior Sydney Clark named Division IV Player of the Year. Coach Medvetz excelled in her first year as a head coach and led the Royals to a 19-3 record in the regular season.

Congratulations on a wonderful season and thank you Royals for providing your fans with so much enjoyment! Go Royals!

Click here to listen to the Regional Semi Finals Game.