Returning just four players from last year’s team, Coach Craig knows she has her
work cut out for her to integrate thirteen new faces into the program and
formulate a solid, cohesive team in a short period of time. “Strong
leadership from returners will be a must, and I’m looking forward to the
addition of some key transfers to our program. Rechel Carter and Emily
Richard have both played college ball and know the commitment it takes to be
successful at this level. We are looking for both of them to step
right in and feel comfortable enough in our system to provide an immediate
impact for us in this area.
Craig also is excited about the much improved play from two returners Colleen Goeser and Nikki Powell. "Both Colleen and Nikki’s games have grown tremendously in the off-season. They have put in the work both in the classroom and on the floor and I expect to see big things out of both of them this upcoming year for our team."
In addition to the sophomores, Craig is hoping to get some immediate contributions in the forward position out of freshman Jessica Woo (Mission- San Jose HS) and Ja qauna Harrison (Oakland Tech) and in the guard position from Sharissa Estremera (Mountain View) and Chelsea Salom (Logan HS). "JWoo and Quana have shown some real potential early and we will need them to come right in and make a difference for us in the rebounding area”. “Sharissa can definitely score and Chelsea makes great decisions in the point guard position as a young player. We will rely on all of these newcomers to provide more depth and playmaking for us".
Being a little smaller in the forward positions, Craig’s team will play a much more physical up-tempo pace than in the past couple seasons where her teams were able to boast tall front lines. Craig is looking forward to getting back to playing this way. “I have always loved playing an up-tempo style and I am excited we have the depth and athleticism to play this way again this season.
"These girls have tasted success but they already have the next challenge in their sites." Craig knows it won’t always be a smooth ride with a young team but believes "if we keep our eyes on our goals we could do something really big this season." It sounds like it should be a real fun year to come and watch the Owls play!
Meet the Coach Jody Craig
Coach Craig begins her seventeenth year with the program, fifteenth as the Head coach. Foothill has won 14 Coast Conference League Titles in
the past 17 years.
The Owls have been in the California Community College State Sweet 16 in eleven out the past fourteen years; the Elite 8 seven times;
the Final Four three times and were the State Runner Up in 2008 and again last 2012 season.
Coach Craig has been instrumental in the development and transfer of over 50 top quality players through her program and has been named
the Coast Conference Coach of the Year three times in addition to 2008 Nor Cal Coach of the Year.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Craig believes in an up-tempo, team-style offense and full court suffocating defense.
Before joining the Foothill program, she coached at San Luis High where the Tigers won the CIF Championship in 1994-95. A graduate
of Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, she capped off an illustrious career with All-American Honors her senior year.
She holds a Master of Science Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Saint Mary's College in Moraga.
She currently resides in Santa Clara with her husband Dave.
Coach Jody Craig
c/o Athletic Department
12345 El Monte Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA. 94022-4599
Phone: (650) 949-7356