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
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