The Lady Cougars are entering their second season under the leadership of Head Coach Talisha Bridges. Although last season's set back was devastating to the institution and the community of Kalamazoo, the Lady Cougars are on a mission to go from worst to first in every aspect from academics and athletics.
The coaching staff has brought in a huge freshmen class to contribute to the programs plan of getting back to high rankings. Returners Daelynn Jackson (Lawrence), England Bennett (IMG Academy), Layna Steel (Vicksburg), and Keaira Lipscomb (GRCC) look to bring great experience and strength to the court as sophomores.
Additionally, Bridges has added Nancy Willmore to the coaching staff to help rebuild the women's basketball program.
"It was tough to replace Coach Rodger Salinas (who is now the assistant with the Men's Basketball team) but Coach Nancy has brought a new level of energy to the program," Bridges said. "Her passion for equipping student-athletes with the tools they need to be successful on and off court will indeed help us achieve every goal we set for this season."
When asked about this season, Bridges said, "Last season was a huge learning experience for my coaching staff and most importantly for me. I have been able to examine myself as the coach, leader of this program, and face in the community. My coaching staff and I have made the adjustments necessary to place these student-athletes in a position to be successful in the classroom, on the court, and in life."
Bridges, a former Wayne State University standout, continued, "This game is bigger than drawing up plays and winning games for sense of entitlement. It is all about building a complete player who will be ready for the next level of this sport and the next level of life."