Caitlyn Mitryk is in her eighth season as the top assistant coach with the women’s basketball program. The 2010 UT graduate, Mitryk was a two-year letterwinner with the Spartans after attending the University of South Florida for two seasons.
In her current position, Mitryk has helped the Spartans to three NCAA tournament appearances, and a Sunshine State Conference tournament championship in 2016. For the past two seasons, the Spartans have ranked in the national top-10 in scoring defense. UT won the national 3-point crown in 2017, also finishing fourth in the nation in field goal percentage. Overall, Spartan teams have finished in the top-10 in scoring defense five times during her tenure as an assistant coach.
She has aided in the recruitment of 10 all-conference players including the Newcomer of the Year in 2014 and 2019 as well as an Academic All-American in 2019. She has also actively served as recruiting coordinator for the UT women’s basketball program, traveling and gaining good rapport with fellow coaches and amateur student-athletes across the nation. Mitryk is responsible for all scheduling related duties including game scheduling, official visits, practice, and weight training, along with leading efforts for player development both in and out of season using the most up to date equipment and technology.
Among her other roles as an assistant include being responsible for hiring and training all graduate assistants, student managers, and men’s practice players. She has also led efforts to develop and conduct scouting reports while verbally demonstrating strategy on opponents for eight seasons. Mitryk also carries out duties of an academic coach by communicating with student-athletes and professors on a bi-weekly basis about academic progress, academic performance and academic responsibility.
She has also aided the program while actively heading several fundraising events for the program such as gym rentals, player sponsorships, website development, website sponsorships, and care baskets sales, which brought in significant funds for scholarships and operational needs. She also served as the camp director for five different summer camps by coordinating, marketing, advertising, and demonstrating services such as team, overnight and individual skill camps for 600-plus amateur players.
Mitryk also serves as a First-Year Experience adjunct instructor at the University of Tampa, educating incoming freshmen on college transition, academic planning, time management skills, critical thinking, financial literacy, and resume building skills.
Following her graduation, she worked for nearly two years with Three Point Hoops/Winning Ways of Florida as an assistant camp director for player training and development. She coordinated nearly 20 camps while also serving as the camp director for various sanctioned events including AAU, Nike and Three-Point Hoops camps.
Mitryk was previously the assistant sports information director at her alma mater after working as a sports information and marketing student assistant in her two years at UT.
On the Spartan basketball team, she helped the team post a two-year record of 52-11 with a pair of NCAA tournament appearances and two Sunshine State Conference titles. The 2010 SSC Defensive Player of the Year was also an all-SSC selection and member of the SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll with a perfect 4.0 GPA in her final semester. While serving as the team captain, Mitryk was also a member of the Dean’s List and earned a 2009 NACDA Academic Achievement Award.
As a sports information intern at UT, she assisted in the office and was also a member of the gameday staff for the department. Her duties included creating, editing and developing media guides, statistics at games and writing game stories and advances. She also worked in the marketing department at Tampa, where she was active in negotiating and presenting sponsorship packages. She also designed and distributed flyers and banners while utilizing social networking techniques to promote events. Among the events she worked were the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships.
Mitryk also served as an event coordination intern with the St. Pete Times Forum and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Chief among her duties was assisting in the weekly facility schedule for meetings, hospitality events and events/shows. She also worked closely with the event coordinator and communication with producers to ensure a successful event.
Prior to attending Tampa, Mitryk attended the University of South Florida for two years as she also played basketball for the Bulls. At USF, she earned a pair of Big East Conference Academic Achievement Awards and played in 41 games in two years.
A graduate of Lake Mary High School, Mitryk originally hails from Lake Mary, Fla., and led her high school team to the 2006 Florida 6A state championship. The state championship all-tournament team member was also an all-state selection while earning a McDonald’s High School All-American nomination.
Mitryk graduated cum laude from UT with a degree in sport management, carrying a cumulative GPA of 3.59. She later earned her Master of Science in marketing from UT, finishing the program in 2016 with a cumulative GPA of 3.75.