Sports in Brief: DuBois Named Gymnastics Coach



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Former West Virginia assistant coach Cari DuBois was named head coach of the Cal women's gymnastics team yesterday.

With the Mountaineers last season, DuBois helped head coach Linda Burdette lead WVU to a 25-8 record and a third-place finish in the NCAA Southeast Region.

Cari DuBois

From 1994-96, DuBois was an assistant with the Bears under then-head coach Alfie Mitchell. In three years as assistant DuBois helped lead the Bears to a 37-20 overall record.

"I'm ecstatic to be coming back," DuBois said. "This is a great opportunity to be a head coach. There is a lot of talent at Cal. My goal is to have us consistently finish in the top three at Pac-10s and qualify for regionals and hae an impact on the national level."

DuBois takes the place of former coach Trina Tinti who Feb. 20. Tinti had a record of 47-59 in her four-plus years as head coach and was the 2000 NCAA Region I Coach of the Year. Concerns over training techniques and injuries led to Tinti's resignation.

Last season, the Bears finished 5-9 in the regular season, including a 1-5 record in the Pac-10. Cal wound up seventh at Pac-10 Championships with an team score of 189.700.

W. Rugby Sends Two To USA Elite Camp

The Cal women's rugby team recorded its best season in team history this spring.

The Bears advanced to the USA Rugby Sweet Sixteen for the first time and finished with an 8-2 overall record.

In June, three Cal players were selected to the Pacific Coast Rugby Football Union Under-21 Team, also known as the Grizzlies.

Scrum-half Rose Whitmore, lock Laurel Kellner and utility player Debbie Mullin all joined the all-star Grizzlies for the week-long USA Rugby Regional All-Star Tournament held at UC Davis.

At the tournament the Grizzlies competed against all-star teams from all across the United States.

"It was great getting to stay in the dorms with girls from all over the country," Whitmore said. "I didn't realize how steep the competition was. It was a lot of fun."

During the week, national team coaches observed the regional stars and selected the top 40 players, which included Whitmore and Kellner, to an invitational Elite Camp held in Berkeley.

"We were like kids in a candy store," said Whitmore about the camp. "I was very surprised that we were picked."

Two practices were held at the Elite Camp, culminating in an intersquad scrimmage that served as a preliminary match for the men's USA Rugby match against Scotland at Balboa Park in San Francisco.

"We got the full USA treatment," Whitmore said of the match, "decked out in uniforms and everything."

From the 40 Elite Camp players, 25 will be selected for the national traveling squad that will play internationally.

"I definitely think that Laurel has a chance of being selected," Whitmore said. "She played really well at the camp."

Meanwhile, Whitmore keeps a modest and optimistic attitude about her own prospects.

"I was just excited to be there and have three more years to do this," Whitmore said. "I hope to make the traveling squad at some point."

Yokers Named to Under-21 Squad

Kim Yokers, a junior midfielder from the Cal women's soccer team, was named to Team USA for the Women's Under-21 Nordic Cup Championships. The tournament will be held in Finland July 22-28.

Because there is no FIFA-sanctioned championship in the age group, the Nordic Cup will feature the top competition from around the globe.

Last season with the Bears, Yokers was a second team All-Pac-10 and was third on the team in scoring with 12 points.

M. Hoops Moves to KFRC AM

The Cal men's basketball team will hope to expand its fan base beyond the immediate Bay Area with a new broadcast agreement between KFRC Radio and UC Berkeley.

KFRC 610 AM will broadcasting the Bears for the 2002-03 season. According to Cal sports information director Bob Rose, KFRC reception should extend as far north as Sacramento and as far south as Monterey.

Under the agreement, KFRC will air 28 regular-season games and any postseason contests the Bears will have this season.

The station will also air weekly promotional spots, a special "Cal Bears Replay of the Game" feature on the morning show following the game and a Cal coach's show each Tuesday.

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