The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team has hired Rhema Gardner as the new assistant coach. Gardner is a recent graduate of UCLA, where she was a valued member of both the Bruins’ playing squad and coaching staff.
Gardner’s off the court efforts will be focused around recruiting and scouting while her on-court duties will involve working with the Broncos’ post players.
In her time as a Bruin, Gardner scored a career-high 18 points and had double-digit rebounds in 12 games. In her 2011-12 campaign, she played in all 30 of UCLA’s games, while making starts in 20 of them.
“Rhema not only knows the game of basketball very well but she also knows Southern California very well and will be a huge help in our recruiting efforts,” Broncos head coach Danelle Bishop said. “On the court she will work closely with our post players.”
Gardner, a graduate of Ayala High School, majored in sociology at UCLA and had a minor in theater.
Chaffey College basketball standout Tyler Warren is headed to San Diego State.
Panthers coach Jeff Klein says the 6-foot-7 post player out of Silverado High School saw limited time last year and he grey-shirted the previous year so he will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“He’s got a lot of raw talent,” Klein said. “He can really jump, he works hard and is a very coachable kid so he has a lot of upside.”
Klein said the player had a lot of offers from smaller schools where he likely could have played right away but he wanted to go to a bigger school and got a good combined academic-athletic financial aid package.
Bill Walkenbach has been named head coach of the baseball program at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. He comes back to Southern California after heading NCAA Division I Cornell.
Walkenbach, who will be the seventh coach in the 58-year history of the program, is a Claremont native.
Walkenbach joins CMS after having served seven years at Cornell. He guided the team to its first ever Ivy League Championship in 2012 and set single season school records with 31 wins overall and going 14-6 in conference play. The team won the Lou Gehrig Division of the Ivy League in 2009 and 2012.
Before his tenure at Cornell, Walkenbach was the head coach of the Division III Franklin & Marshall program in Lancaster, Penn. Under his tutelage, the Diplomats won regular season Centennial Conference championships in 2006 and 2007 and achieved a 69-42 overall record, the highest percentage during any three-year period in program history.
Walkenbach completed his Master of Sports Administration at Georgia State while on staff as an assistant coach at Emory for the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
Walkenbach earned his bachelor’s degree at Cornell and was a four-year All-Ivy shortstop selection. He appears 17 times in the school’s career record book. He was inducted into Cornell’s Hall of Fame in 2010.