New faces and new goals are in place for the Golden Grizzlies in 2000-01. A few new faces have been added for the 2000-01 season, one of them is head coach, Dave DeWulf.
"I am very excited to coach the women's program," said DeWulf. "We should be more competitive this year than ever."
Joining DeWulf and returnees Connie Apalit(Pittsburg, CA/Pittsburgh HS), Emily Minnich (Genva, IN/South Adams HS), Jocelyn Fekel (Rochester/Rochester HS), Jenny Quinn (Bloomfield Hills.Lasher HS), and Laura Cunniffe (Farmington Hills/North Farmington HS) are newcomers Jennifer Bishop (Clinton Twp./Chippewa Valley HS), Katherine Kern-Goodvich (Rochester/Bishop Foley), Alexis Prusac (Grand Blanc/Grand Blanc HS), and Tera Van Tiem (Utica/Utica HS).
"We have four new players, and they are very impressive," said DeWulf. "I think this team will be stronger than ever."
With the squad in place and a new coach at the helm goals for the Golden Grizzlies are also set.
"Our goal for this year is to win the Conference Championship," stated DeWulf. "It will be a challenging year for everyone."
The cornerstone of the Golden Grizzlies this year is junior Apalit who led OU with an 82.8 average in 1999-00.
"Connie is one of the best players on the team and she's a great role model," said DeWulf. " I think the kids will learn from her."
Apalit's best round last year was at the Grand Valley State University Invitational where she scored a 72.
Another top player returning is Minnich. Apalit and Minnich led the Golden Grizzlies last year as the top scorers in the nine tournaments Oakland participated in. Minnich was second on the team averaging a 85.9 per round.
"I think there will be a noticeable improvement in the women's team," said DeWulf. "I think we will be more competitive."