Spotlight on Ohlone:
Allender takes over for departed Stanley

By Tomás Ortega, Sports writer.

Thursday, April 23, 2009—Reprinted from Monitor.

Julia Allender. Julia Allender.

It took no more than three weeks for the Women’s Basketball team to find a new head coach.

Julia Allender, who worked as an assistant to former basketball coach Elizabeth Stanley, was named head coach Tuesday afternoon, according to a press release from the athletic department.

Allender replaces Stanley after the best season by any basketball team.

Allender worked under Stanley for the last three seasons and was in charge of recruitment, player development and offensive strategies.

The hiring of Allender comes at a good time for the basketball team as a whole.

April is generally the time of year when coaches scout the local high schools to recruit players for the following season. Allender is fully aware of it and has already begun the recruitment process.

“First thing to do is recruit. I need to go out and get what ieed,”Allender said. “I’m ready to get things started. I’m antsy and really excited.”

Allender has been handed a great program left behind after Stanley’s sudden departure.

A team that was 19-12 overall ,including a 12-0 conference record, is a treat to any new head coach. Especially to someone like Allender, who was heavily involved with the 2008-09 team as assistant coach.

“This team has a positive atmosphere,” Allender added. “I hope to take the core returning players and go beyond just the state playoffs. I also want to place kids where they can perform beyond their potential.”

As far as whether she sees her team being successful, Allender answered quickly and confidently, “Absolutely. I’ve never not had success. I know what it takes and have the ability to get the best out of players.”

Stanley left with a winning record over the eight years she coached at Ohlone.

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