2010-11 Women's Basketball
Record: 22-10 Home: 12-3 Away: 9-5 Neutral: 1-2 WHAC: 10-6
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Carla Fles
Head Coach - 12th Season
Carla Fles enters her 12th season as head basketball coach of the Golden Eagles. In her 11 years as head coach, she has compiled an overall record of 261-106 and a .711 winning percentage. She has led her team to four WHAC championships, five WHAC Tournament Championships, seven appearances at the National Tournament, with five Sweet 16 finishes and a runner-up national championship. Fles was named WHAC Coach of the Year three times, in 2008, 2004 and 2000, and was named regional coach of the year by the WBCA in 2004. She was also named BCAM (Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan) College Coach of the year in 2002. She has coached 14 NAIA All-Americans, 14 NAIA Academic All-Americans, one WHAC Player-of-the-year and four WHAC Newcomers-of-the-year.

Prior to coaching at Cornerstone, Fles was an assistant coach for her alma mater, Central Michigan University (CMU). She coached at CMU for one season before being offered the head coaching position at Cornerstone and the opportunity to return "home."  At CMU she left her mark in the record books and was inducted into CMU's Hall of Fame in 2004. She was a four-year starter (1989-93) while averaging 13.9 points and 7.9 rebounds. She was a three-time All-Conference pick (twice 1st team, once 2nd and was also a three-time academic All-Conference selection.  She ranks 2nd on their career list in blocks (104), 2nd in scoring average (13.9) and points scored (1,539) and 4th in rebounds (880). Fles graduated from CMU in 1994 with a bachelor of science in education.

Fles also brings a tremendous amount of post college playing experience to this program. Before coaching at CMU, she played professionally overseas and in the inaugural season of the American Basketball League. In 1997-98 she played for Olivais/Ceres, a first division professional team in Coimbra, Portugal.  She helped lead her team to its first ever national championship and was named tournament MVP.  She was a part of the first participation of Olivais in the Women's Basketball European Cup where she averaged 15.4ppg and 7.4rpg. In addition, Fles played with Athletes in Action, the athletic division of Campus Crusade for Christ, in 1997 on a tour to Australia. She also played with the group in 1995 against Division I schools and in 1993 on a tour to Moscow. She was drafted as an alternate for
the Colorado Explosion with the ABL and played with the New England Blizzard for 10 weeks as a replacement player."  Basketball has taken me all over the world, to places I never would have dreamed of going," said Fles.  A graduate of Grand Rapids South Christian High School, where she led the team to a 28-0 record and a Class B State Championship in 1988, she was named runner-up for the Miss Michigan Basketball Award.

Carla is married to Ron Fles and they have two children, Ellie, and Joshua.
Carla Fles All-Time Cornerstone Coaching Record
Season W L Pct. WHAC NAIA
2009-2010 16 15 .516 3rd-T ---
2008-2009 27 8 .771 2nd Sweet 16
2007-2008 25 9 .735 1st-T Sweet 16
2006-2007 22 11 .667 3rd Nat. Tourn. Appearance
2005-2006 21 10 .677 3rd-T --
2004-2005 29 5 .853 1st-T Sweet 16
2003-2004 28 6 .823 1st Sweet 16
2002-203 20 13 .606 2nd --
2001-2002 25 12 .676 2nd Runner-Up National Champions
2000-2001 27 8 .771 2nd Sweet 16
1999-2000 21 9 .729 1st --
Career 261 106 .711
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Jill Peterson
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season

Jill Peterson begins her second season as an assistant coach. She began the 2008-2009 season as a student assistant and was able to come out of retirement and finish her career by playing in 8 games. Peterson played her freshman and sophomore year before tearing her ACL in the ninth game of the season her junior year. She medically red-shirted her senior year and willed her way back to finish her career on the floor. "Jill possesses so many of the intangibles that will make a great coach. Although her career as an athlete was different than she would have expected, she never complained.  Instead she used the trials that were given to her to be an encouragement to others. I'm thankful she decided to stay in Grand Rapids and be on my staff this year." Peterson currently is working at Gazelle Sports and takes stats for the CU athletic teams.  She graduated from CU with a degree in business and would like to work in the field of sports information. 

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Michelle Vermeulen
Assistant Coach - 1st Season

Michelle Vermeulen begins her first year as assistant coach for the women's basketball program. A 2006 graduate of Michigan State University Vermeulen earned her B.A. in Business Marketing. While attending MSU she worked at Aim High Sports as a league and camp director. She coached a 16u AAU team, did personal training and ran basketball conditioning camps at Aim High. Vermeulen is experienced in event planning, camp organization and is knowledgeable in film editing and website maintenance. Vermeulen graduated from South Christian High School where she was a standout in soccer and basketball. She was a class B All-State Honorable Mention selection in 2001 and helped lead her team to two O.K. Gold championships in 2000 and 2001. She was also a first team Class B soccer All-Stater in 2002. She will oversee all aspects of recruiting, organize team functions and be a floor coach. "Michelle brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the team. She will be an asset on the recruiting front and is highly motivated," states head coach Carla Fles.

Michelle works for her dad at a real estate appraisal company. She is currently working on obtaining an appraisal license. She is married to Jared Vermeulen and they have a dog named Duke.

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Taylor Moon
Manager - 1st Season
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