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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - April 23, 1990 - Page 3

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At the conclusion of its second
consecutive 1-17 Big Ten season,
the Michigan women's volleyball
team was left without a coach.
Joyce Davis resigned, ending her
four-year tenure at the helm, and
Peggy Bradley-Doppes took over.
Bradley-Doppes, 32, was formerly
head coach at the University of
North Carolina, where she earned
Atlantic Coast Conference Coach
of the Yearhhonors and engineered
the Tarheels' 1988 ACC
championship. Daily Sports Writer
Ryan Schreiber spoke with Bradley-
Doppes about her goals to start a
winning tradition in Michigan
volleyball.
Daily: You were the ACC Coach
of the Year last season at a very
successful North Carolina program.
What made you leave and come to
Michigan?
Bradley-Doppes: Two reasons,
one professionally and one
personally.
Professionally,, I felt that the
opportunity to build a nationally-
ranked, competitive program is great
here at Michigan. Not only is the
Big Ten a great conference, but
Michigan is a great academic
institution with a great athletic
tradition, and I just felt that it would
be a very smart professional move-to
build a national program.
At Carolina, we had a super
program. Regionally, we were the
best, ACC-wise we were in great
shape, but I felt nationally I could do
something here.
Personally, I think it would only
be fair to say that my father passed
away last Christmas. I come from a
large family, and my roots are from
the Midwest. I was born and raised
in Cincinnati, Ohio, so with nine
kids in the family and just Mom, I
thought that it would be great to be
able to be closer to home.
Both factors played a large part in
my leaving UNC.
D: In the last year, Michigan has
made coaching changes in football,
basketball, and baseball; however,
all three of these new coaches came
from within the Michigan system.
How different has it been coming
from the outside, and how have you
adjusted to that?
B: I'm not a complete outsider as
far as for the Big Ten, or for the
concept of the Big Ten. My first
coaching debut was at Miami (OH)
University where I coached there for
five years, so that I went head-to-
a head with all the Big Ten coaches in

recruiting. Also, being from the
Midwest, I understand the Big Ten
concept, mentality, and competitive
nature.
I think also being an outsider
may have helped me. A lot of people
have been very receptive. People
have a very open door policy trying
to get me acclimated very quickly.
The timing of the transition here has
been very quick. I've only been on
campus now three weeks, and we're
doing a spring season and recruiting
and every thing else, so we're in the
swing right now.
D: In the last two seasons,
Michigan has only won two Big Ten
games. What do you think was
wrong with the team?
B: I have no idea. That would be
unlike my nature to look at it that
way. As an outsider coming in, I see
it's a great challenge and a great
opportunity to build a great
program. You know, it's part of
competing - one person's going to
win and the other person's going to
lose. Up to this time, Michigan's
been a little bit short in the Big Ten
race,. but I have full intention of
changing that. It's not going to be a
quick fix.
D: How do you plan to correct
it?
B: We graduated three seniors,
three key players, so we have our
work cut out for us. There's no
doubt about that with Karen
(Marshall), Carla (Hunter), and Kim
(Clover) all graduating, and they
were starters for the Michigan
program. It's going to be hard to
replace that, especially with the
interest that we're going through
now.
We're going to try and change the
complexion of the program by 1)
training the kids at a higher level and
2) trying to recruit the type of
student-athletes that will represent
Michigan well in the classroom and
on the court, kids that want to play
ball at a higher level.
D: How is the recruiting class
looking?
B: It's okay. When I was at
UNC, I recruited and signed those
kids to go to UNC, so my recruiting
class was finished February 14. I
didn't accept the position at
Michigan until some time after that,
so that the timing was incredibly
bad. There's no way I can hedge on
that; it was terrible. But, we've
managed to have what I consider a
very good recruiting class
considering the conditions. We have

a nice player from Canada, a good
sized player, a strong offensive
player at 6-foot-2 1/2 inches; a nice
player from Chicago; and we're
rounding out that with a nice
complementary staff of in-state and
out-of-state players. I think we're
going to be okay.
D: So, what are your goals for
next season?
B: We want to build a strong,
solid foundation built on good
fundamental skills. What was, was; I
don't care about that. I am more
concerned about what's going to be,
so that, in order for us to be
competitive in the Big Ten and on a
regional and national level, we need
to get a solid, fundamental staff. We
need to change our perception of
good volleyball. And with that, it's
just going to be work. There's no
magic; it's going to be hard work,
good athletes, and training hard. It's
that simple.
'I see it's a great
challenge and a great
opportunity to build a
great program...Up to
this time, Michigan's
been a little bit short
in the Big Ten race,
but I have full
intention of changing
that. It's not going to
be a quick fix'
-New Volleyball Coach
Peggy Bradley-
Doppes
D: Where do you see flaws and
strengths in the nucleus that Joyce
Davis left behind?
B: Obviously, if I took this
position, I'm not going to be able to
mention any flaws. I have some
challenges, but it's not my nature to
look at those. It's more my nature to
say that since I've come to
Michigan, I've seen some very
positive things. Maybe the student
body doesn't know that for the first
two weeks, the only time that we
could practice where we could get
our team together and there would be
no conflicts in class schedules was
6:00-8:00 a.m. And those kids did it,
and they did it willingly. And, we
had not only our nucleus, but our

graduating seniors attend those
practices. That's a very positive step
for a team that supposedly had been
down. Since then, thank God, we've
been able to find facilities. Last
week, we could practice from 3:30-
6:00 p.m. in the afternoon.
I have found the kids to be very
receptive, very positive, very hard
working, and for this being our
spring season, I think that's good.
They've helped not only with the
recruiting process, but they're also
helping us to train hard this spring.
Right now we have seven kids
that can train and that's it. Well, if
six play that doesn't give me a
whole lot of leeway. We also have
five kids that are sitting on the
sideline and cannot play because of
injuries. So, it's a tough situation,
but the kids have been very
receptive, very positive. You know,
to have your graduating seniors
come back and train with your team,
I think it shows that the kids are
really willing to push. These kids
have been out there playing hard and
they're going through the practice
sessions now.
D: What are your plans to
incorporate Davis' coaching staff, in
particular assistant coach Jennifer
Dhaenens?
B: As far as for looking at the
staff from last year, Youde Wang is
long gone. He left before I came
here. Jennifer is being a valuable
asset during the transition. As you
know, Jennifer played here and
graduated from here, and has served
two years as a volunteer assistant,
and the last two years as an assistant
coach in some capacity.
She has been instrumental here in
this transition process. While there
was no coach, Jennifer was trying to
keep recruiting, and a lot of our
success with the recruiting class that
we have right now, I would say, had
a lot to do with Jennifer keeping in
touch with those kids. So, she is
staying on at this time and also it is
my intention to be able to keep her
here.

Fond remembrances
of Michigan moments
As I write out the last Get Rich Quick in Daily history, my memory
harks back to 1985, when I was an impressionable. young senior in. a
Staten Island, NY high school. After finishing the SAT, my mother asked
me where I wanted to go to college.
Truthfully, Michigan never entered my head.
My mother had just seen the Today show, in which Jane "Really, I
like Deborah" Pauley broadcasted from Brown U. and Bryant "My brother
Greg got his job through me" Gumbel came to you live from Ann Arbor.
Mom* pushed me to apply here and each day I'm thankful for it.
Because, in the last four years, no other Division I-A school has had a
better blend of tradition and success than Michigan. For the past four
years, Michigan dominated collegiate athletics and I went along willingly
for the bist ride of my life.
No other graduating senior in America can say they had a better
athletic experience in their college career than us. When Lawrence Kasdan
hands us our empty diploma case on May 5, we can look up at the rafters
of Crisler Arena, gaze at the National Championship banner and say
"Wow, look at that National Championship banner."
Sorry. We can look up there and confidently state we attended the best
school for athletics there is and ever will be. For the rest of our lives,
we'll be able to flip on the TV and watch our team in action. And, no
matter how old we are, we'll root like we were teenagers again. Then
we'll remember all those times we blew off class and mashed with people
we'd never see again.
So, in celebration of this fact, I give to you my Top Ten Greatest
Sports Moments in my four years at Michigan. And remember, I give
these to you with love.
10) 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl: In 1987, the only non-Rose Bowl
season in my four years here, the Michigan defense was decimated by
injuries. Halfway through the season, the Daily sports staffers called the
1987 campaign "a wash." Michigan, however, stormed back in full glory,
winning three of their last four games to avoid mediocrity. This streak
earned them an appearance in the Hall of Fame Bowl, a game which was
not only a iicrocosm of the Michigan spirit but also offered a glimpse of
the future for the Wolverines. With Bo Schembechler undergoing open
heart surgery for the second time in his life, current coach Gary Moeller
took the helm. Michigan won this game in the last seconds, with John
Kolesar catching a game winning Demetrius Brown touchdown pass in
the right hand corner of the end zone. In his last game as a Wolverine,
Jamie Morris rushed for 234 yards and also, for the last time, embodied
the Michigan spirit. "I cherish the moments I had playing for Bo
Schembechler," Morris said. "I learned a lot - not just about football,
but about life. He's like a father to me. This was my best game ever and
it's for him." There's Michigan football in a nutshell.
9) Michigan vs. MSU 1988: In 1988, Michigan swept the Spartans in
hockey, the only time that occurred in my four years here. Center Bryan
Deasley, who later left Michigan for Team Canada and the Calgary
Flames, personally led the onslaught. In the last contest, he stood in front
of the Spartan net all night until defenseman Tom Tilly decked him. Tilly
then proceeded to pound Deasley, who did not fight back. Tilly got ejected
and Deasley, who received no penalty minutes, pounced up like he never
felt Tilly's barrage. Deasley then skated back to the Michigan bench, but
not before stopping in front of the Spartan bench where he took a big
bow. Michigan won that one, 5-3 after it was down 3-1 in front of a
packed Yost Ice Arena. Truly a great moment.
8) Mike Barrowman: Anything this man did can be placed on this
list. Barrowman dominated collegiate swimming and he did it with class.
He is truly one of the greatest athletes to attend Michigan in my four
years here and, unfortunately, his accomplishments have always been
shadowed by those of the football and basketball team. A tip of the hat to
Mike Barrowman, who embodied Michigan success and class.
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