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New coach looks to continue success

New women’s basketball coach, Julia Allender says she is looking forward to the upcoming season.

When members of City College women’s basketball team step onto the court for the first time this season, there will be a new person calling the plays: Coach Julia Allender.

When a full-time head coach and teaching position opened up at City College at the end of last school year, athletics department director and dean of Kinesiology Mitch Campbell searched for candidates and believed that Allender, former head women’s basketball coach at Ohlone College in Fremont, was the best suited for the position.

“[Because of] her experience and success at Ohlone, both as instructor and a coach, she appeared to be a great fit relative to our student athlete philosophy,” said Campbell. “She is very in tune with the academic progress of her students in addition to the athletic side.”

Having been through the community college system, playing basketball at San Jose City College, Allender said she likes to teach and develop players at the community college level.

“I understand that [community college] is a development level, but that’s the part of coaching I very much enjoy, as well as the teaching aspect — getting them to get better, watching them improve and putting them in situations where they have to grow as individuals,” said Allender.

This semester looks to be a busy one for Allender, she said, as it will be her first time coaching and teaching full time. However she’s got the full support of Campbell and the athletic department.

“She’s hit the ground running so far,” said Campbell. “We’re real happy with Julia [Allender] and look forward to her being a great member of the faculty and a great coach.”

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During her five-year stint as coach at Ohlone, Allender led her team to three Coast Conference championships, coached and developed 12 all-state players and the 2012 Northern California Player of the Year, and has had a 95 percent transfer rate to four-year universities among her players.

Though she has won over 100 games in five years, Allender said she believes her greatest accomplishment has been the development of players she has coached over the years.

“I think the biggest success that I’ve had is the development aspect and the transfer rate,” said Allender. “There’s always two or three kids from a program that are sophomores who just fall off or, quote unquote, weren’t good enough. But I just never have that mindset. My mindset is that I’m going to turn you into this, that or whatever.”

Now, Allender said she is coming into her new coaching position at City College with the same mindset and goals for her new team.

According to Allender, she hopes the team will win twice as many games as it did last year, which would not only mean a 20-win season, but also put the team in the hunt for the playoffs.

“I’m obviously very competitive and I want to win, but I got into coaching because I enjoy helping people,” said Allender.

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