FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 23, 2007
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Mendocino College names new women’s basketball coach
Ukiah, CA - Former Mendocino College basketball standout Jody Steliga has been named the women’s head basketball coach at Mendocino College.
Steliga was a two-year all-conference guard for the Eagles (2003-2005), before earning an academic and athletic scholarship to Concordia University in Irvine, CA.
At Concordia University (2005-2007), Steliga was team captain and an academic All-American her senior year. She earned her B.A. in Art with a emphasis in Graphic Design.
“She is an incredibly bright woman that we feel is the shot on the arm that our women’s basketball program needed. We are very excited that the women who are in our program and those in the future have a great example leading them. Her leadership abilities are outstanding and her knowledge of the game from her playing experience and assisting with Concordia University will be beneficial for all of us,” Mendocino College Athletic Director Gary Garabato said.
Having had a good experience at Mendocino College as a student-athlete, Steliga believes she can develop the program so that her players can have an even better experience than hers.
“Obviously there is always the goal of winning and I want to make this a stronger program. I have a lot of pride in making this a successful program. I want to help prepare young women to transfer to four-year colleges,” Steliga said.
Steliga plans on recruiting and drawing players from throughout the recruiting area and getting a diversity of players to contribute, while helping them develop their skills to the fullest.
The love of basketball and desire to help student-athletes transfer to four-year institutions led Steliga into the coaching profession.
“Even if it is not going on to play basketball in college, I want to get student-athletes on track to continue their education. Just from my own experience, I understand the importance of academics and the great experience it is to play at the next level,” Steliga said.
A 2003 Ukiah High graduate, Steliga choose to attend Mendocino College for the opportunities the school presented in the classroom and on the court.
“The school and community are smaller, which allow student-athletes to focus on academics and dedicate themselves to basketball. I want to help young women obtain that same goal I strived for and accomplished, which was to earn a scholarship and succeed in academics and athletics,” Steliga said.
Created: August 31, 2007 @ 09:40 AM
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