Mackenzie Perttu took over the Lake Erie women's basketball program after a season as an assistant coach with the Storm in 2018-19. Perttu enters her second season as the Lake Erie women's basketball head coach with a young, but experienced roster.
In her first season leading the Storm, proved to be a tough opponent every time they went out on the court. Perttu was able to get her first big tournament win early in the season after going undefeated at the North Star Invitational hosted by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
The Storm earned a spot in the 2019-20 G-MAC tournament. Despite a defeat in the opening round of the G-MAC Tournament, it was still a successful season for Lake Erie as Perttu guided the Storm to their second postseason appearance in three seasons, finishing with a 10-19 overall and 7-10 G-MAC record.
Perttu's leadership led to a First Team All-GMAC/ All-Defensive Team selection in senior Josie Chaddock and a Second Team All-GMAC Selection in junior Breanna Bauer.
Perttu played college basketball at Michigan Tech, where she helped the Huskies make a run at the GLIAC championship during her senior season. Perttu led the team in scoring and was as an All-GLIAC First team selection during her junior campaign. Perttu earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Michigan Tech 2016. A native of Green Bay, Wis., Perttu starred at Green Bay Preble High School. She was a four-time all-conference selection and two-time conference player of the year at Green Bay Preble. Perttu finished her high school career as a three-time all-area selection and a WBCA All-State First Team selection and set the Green Bay metro scoring record with 1,626 career points.