2011-12 Women's Basketball
Record: 18-13 Home: 9-4 Away: 8-7 Neutral: 1-2 WHAC: 11-7
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Carla Fles
Head Coach - 13th Season

Carla Fles enters her 13th season as head basketball coach of the Golden Eagles. In her 12 years as head coach, she has compiled an overall record of 283-116 and a .709 winning percentage. She has led her team to four WHAC championships, five WHAC Tournament Championships, eight 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 15 NAIA All-Americans, 17 NAIA Academic All-Americans, one WHAC Player-Of-The-Year and four WHAC Newcomers-Of-The-Year.

Prior to coaching at Cornerstone, Fles served as an assistant coach for her alma mater, Central Michigan University(CMU). 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 (5), and Josh (3).

Carla Fles All-Time Cornerstone Coaching Record
Season W L Pct. WHAC NAIA
2010-2011 22 10 .688 3rd First Round
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 First Round
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 283 116 .709
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Lynae Steketee
Assistant Coach

Lynae Steketee begins her first season as an assistant coach for the Golden Eagles. A recent graduate of Calvin College, Steketee walked with a bachelor of arts degree in education. Currently employed by Calvin College, Steketee serves as a personal and group trainer for faculty and staff. Steketee is also an MVP Sports Club staff member. 


As an athlete at Calvin, Steketee competed in both basketball and soccer. Succumbed by injury early on, Steketee's playing career was cut short. To stay immersed in the games she loves, Steketee Immediately turned to coaching. After two seasons at Grand Rapids Christian, her teams have compiled an overall record of 37-4. Previous to collegiate play and the coaching world, Steketee was a standout goalkeeper and power forward at Holland Christian. "I am excited to have Lynae join our coaching staff. She came highly recommended and I know she is passionate about coaching and giving back to a sport that has been a blessing to her," states Coach Fles.

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Tami Thelen Wernette
Assistant Coach

Tami Thelen Wernette begins her first season as an assistant coach. Tami is no stranger to the Cornerstone hard-court as she was a four year player under head coach Carla Fles (2005-2009). Thelen-Wernette graduated from Cornerstone in 2009 with a bachelor's of art in education. Thelen-Wernette averaged 7.1PPG, 2.9RPG, 1.9APG and 1.0BPG. She was two year starter and captain her senior year. She was named to the WHAC All-Defensive team her as a junior and senior and received the most valuable defender award and Golden Eagle award as voted on by her teammates. As a junior she was named to the WHAC Champions of Character team and received the NAIA Champions of Character award.

"I am thrilled to have Tami as an assistant coach," states head coach Carla Fles. "As a former player she worked her way from the ground on up. She hardly played her freshman year but dedicated herself to the weight room and the gym and played in 30+ games the last years of her career. She could knock down the three and blocked a lot of shots because she could cover a lot of ground with her length. But Tami brings so much more to this team as an assistant. She never lacks for energy or enthusiasm and she is a great role model for this team."

Thelen-Wernette currently works at the Kent ISD and was recently married to Jordan Wernette.

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Ellie Staricka

Staricka enters her first year as team manager. She is a sophomore at Cornerstone and is majoring in Broadcast Communications and double minoring in Bible and Public Relations. She played high school basketball at Calvin Christian High School in Fridley, Minn. where she lettered her sophomore and senior year. In addition her senior year she served as team captain.

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