Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University women's basketball head coach Tracey Dorow has put the finishing pieces of her coaching staff together for the 2009-10 campaign as the Bulldogs prepare to officially open preseason drills on Oct. 15.
Mark DeNoyelles, who served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Bulldogs in 2008-09, has been elevated to the assistant coaching post following the departure of former assistant Crystal Harris, who left earlier this summer for a NCAA Division I assistant coaching position in her home state at Cal-State Fullerton.
Additionally, Dorow has also announced the return of former Bulldog standout Rachel Folcik as a student assistant coach for this year. Folcik wrapped up her stellar Bulldog career in 2007-08 and spent last year playing overseas, but has returned to FSU to pursue a Master's degree.
The Bulldogs' staff this season will also include Dorow's father, Rick Bloodworth, as a volunteer assistant coach for the fourth season and current FSU student Miles Prendergast in a student coaching role.
"I'm thrilled that Coach DeNoyelles was so eager to
accept the responsibilities of becoming a full-time coach on our
staff," said Dorow, who will begin her 12th season at the Bulldog
helm. "He brings a wealth of experience and a passion for
helping others maximize their potential.
"In the short time he has been at Ferris State, he has already made a major impact in our program," she added.
DeNoyelles is the father of two current Bulldog players in junior guard Stephanie DeNoyelles and sophomore guard/forward Kelsey DeNoyelles. Prior to assisting with the Bulldogs last season, he served as the head girls basketball coach at Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart High School, where he recorded a 141-28 overall record leading the squad from 2001-08. His 2008 team played in the state title game and Sacred Heart won seven league crowns, six district championships and three regional titles during his tenure. Both of his daughters played for him in high school.
"Coach D was a winner at the high school level and he will continue to inspire all of us to excel," Dorow said. "He has tremendous knowledge of the game and a gravitational personality. We are blessed and proud to have him officially representing FSU."
DeNoyelles was honored as the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) Class D State Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2008 along with being a two-time regional coach of the year. The Caro, Mich., native played collegiate basketball at Saginaw Valley State from 1974-76 and graduated from Central Michigan in 1979. He was a two-time prep all-state pick and formerly served as the head varsity boys basketball coach at Beal City High School from 1979-81. DeNoyelles currently resides in Mt. Pleasant along with his wife, Sandy.
Meanwhile, Folcik rejoins the Bulldog program this season following a one-year stint as a professional player overseas in Portugal during the 2008-09 campaign. A 2007-08 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team recipient, Folcik twice picked up All-America Honorable Mention honors on the hardwood for the Bulldogs and was named to both the NCAA Division II State Farm Coaches' and Women's Division II Basketball Bulletin Honorable Mention All-America Teams following the 2007-08 campaign. She was also both a Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region First Team selection along with being named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Region 4 First Team covering the Great Lakes Region as a senior. Folcik was honored as an All-GLIAC North Division First Team pick and a GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team selection for the second-straight year in her final campaign.
"It's great to have Rachel back with us," said Dorow. "She has already done so many little things to improve the quality of our program (while we were searching for a full-time assistant). Rachel had an outstanding playing career and is now sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with her successors.
"She was a dominant player and is also one of the best up-and-coming coaches in the country," Dorow added. "She is an invaluable addition to our staff."
Folcik concluded her FSU career listed second in school history with 1,705 career points and was only 16 shy of tying Lucy DeMartin's school-record total of 1,721 points at FSU. The 6-1 Folcik posted a school-record 677 career made field goals and is listed second with 793 rebounds all-time at Ferris State. In 2007-08, Folcik was the squad's leading scorer (19.5 ppg) and rebounder (8.3 rpg) despite missing the last two regular-season games with an injury. She reached double-figure scoring in 25 of her 27 contests while posting 12 double-double (points & rebounds) efforts. The 2006-07 NCAA Division II Kodak/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American was named to the All-Great Lakes Region First Team in both of her final two collegiate campaigns.
Folcik finished her final season ranked second in the GLIAC in scoring (19.5 ppg.) along with tied for second in free throw percentage (.833) and third in rebounding (8.3 rpg.). She totaled 81 double-figure scoring games in 113 career contests as a Bulldog player. Also, Folcik scored 20 points or more 12 times in 2007-08 with three games of 30 points or more.
As a junior in 2006-07, Folcik led the Bulldogs to a school-record 23 wins (23-9) and the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. Folcik's 241 made field goals and 602 total points that season were both school single-season marks while her 261 rebounds was the second-highest seasonal figure in FSU history. The two-time team captain, who averaged a team-best 18.8 points per game in 2006-07, scored in double-figures 27 times as a junior and notched 13 double-double (points & rebounds) performances. Folcik also averaged a squad-best 8.2 rebounds per game in 2006-07. She finished the year listed second overall in scoring and fifth in rebounds among the GLIAC's overall leaders while ranking second in both field goal (.555) and free throw (.860) percentage.
The Bulldog women's basketball squad will hit the court for the first time with an exhibition game at NCAA Division I Oakland on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. (ET) in Rochester Hills, Mich. FSU then officially opens the 2009-10 season by visiting former GLIAC-member Gannon for a non-conference game on Friday, Nov. 20, starting at 6 p.m. (ET) inside the Hammermill Center in Erie, Pa.