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
Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 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
Women's Basketball Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
3Melissa VeltkampSRG/F5-8Hudsonville, Mich.Hudsonville H.S.
4Katelyn CousinsSOGd5-7Ada, Mich.Davenport/Forest Hills Central
5Alexa HenslerJRGd/Fwd5-9Waterford, MichWaterford Kettering H.S.
12Olivia JewettSOFwd5-9Jasper, Mich.Sand Creek H.S.
13Janae TrombleySOGd5-6Emmett, Mich.Yale H.S.
20Kathy De YoungJRGd5-6Martin, Mich.Otsego H.S.
21Ashley NiedermayerFRF5-10Lincolnshire, IllAdlai Stevenson
22Maria SchaferSOFwd5-7Tipp City, OhioTroy Christian H.S.
23Samantha FlietstraSRF5-11Walker, MIGrand Rapids Chr. H.S.
24Ashley MoonSRGd.5-5Fremont, Mich.Muskegon CC
32Kayleigh HammondJRFwd6-1Zeeland, Mich.Zeeland West H.S.
33Robyn Veltkamp*SRG/F5-8Hudsonville, Mich.Hudsonville H.S.
43Jill Hendrickson*FRC6-2Ada, Mich.Forest Hills Central
* Redshirt
Carla Fles - Head Coach - 13th season
Tami Thelen Wernette - Assistant Coach
Lynae Steketee - Assistant Coach
Ellie Staricka - Manager
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