The return of Erik Johnson to the Heights. New BC head coach Erik Johnson was an assistant coach under former coach Cathy Ingles from 2005 to 2008. Johnson became the head coach at Denver and took former BC assistant Yvonne Hawkins with him. The two compiled a record of 72-52 in four years at Denver before returning to the Heights in May.
This is Boston College's 40th season in program history. The Eagles first became a varsity program at the Heights in 1972-1973 under the direction of first-year coach Maureen Enos.
BC has 16 teams on the 2012-13 schedule that made post-season play including Rutgers, BYU, Sacred Heart, Hampton, Maryland, Duke, Georgia Tech and Miami, which all made the NCAA Tournament.
For the first time in program history BC will play BYU and either Seattle or Portland.
Boston College returns three regular starters to the lineup this season – lone senior Kerri Shields, junior center Katie Zenevitch and junior guard/forward Kristen Doherty. Shields' remains the only senior on the roster, while Zenevitch and Doherty are two of five juniors on the team.
BC has three freshman and two transfers on the roster this season. The transfer students -- Karima Gabriel and Lauren Engeln. Gabriel, a New Hampshire native, played one season at DePaul. Lauren Engeln, a native of California, played two seasons at UConn. The rookies are Alexa Coulombe from Maine, Nicole Boudreau from Andover, Mass. and Amber Cooper, who hails from Louisiana but moved to California after the hurricane.
Freshman Nicole Boudreau has a twin sister Danielle, who is a freshman at Boston University. Sophomore Kat Cooper has a twin sister Chelsea, who is a sophomore at the University of Washington. BC Assistant Coach Lisa Faulkner has a twin brother.
Freshman Amber Cooper took a long road to Boston College. She started her high school career at Metairie Park Country Day School in Metairie, Louisiana. After a destructive hurricane hit the area, she moved to Texas and played at Saint Agnes Academic in Houston, Texas. She then moved to California to live with her grandmother and played at Vacaville Christian School for her senior season.
Senior Kerri Shields has built a reputation as a long range shooter. The guard from Drexel Hill, PA is fourth on the all-time list with 172 three-pointers made. She is second in the program with attempts (522) and is 300 points from eclipsing the 1,000 point mark. Shields', who is studying in the Carroll School of Management, interned in the BC marketing department over the summer. She is also the Vice President of Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).
Erik Johnson, Boston College Head Coach
Erik Johnson was appointed as the seventh head coach in Eagle history in April 2012...The graduate of the University of California at San Diego was previously at Boston College in 2006-08 when he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Cathy Inglese...In 2006, the Eagles reached the NCAA Sweet 16 with a 25-10 overall record...Johnson led the recruitment of Stefanie Murphy, ACC Freshman of the Year, and Carolyn Swords, three-time member of the All-ACC Team...The program posted a 34-28 mark in the two years he was at the Heights, after which he made his head coaching debut at the University of Denver in 2008-09...In the following four years, Johnson led Denver to a 72-52 record with a 44-24 mark in the Sun Belt and a 24-4 home record in the final two years...He led the Pioneers to a 19-12 record in his final season with Denver ... In all four seasons at Denver, Johnson's teams placed second in West Division of the Sun Belt Conference...On Dec. 2, 2011, he led Denver to its first program win over a ranked opponent when the Pioneers downed No. 23 Vanderbilt, 77-65...Prior to his first stint with Boston College, Johnson was an associate head coach at the University of San Diego from 2002-2005 and as assistant there from 1995-98...He graduated from UC San Diego in 1994 with a psychology degree...Johnson holds the UCSD single season record for 3-pointers made, which he set in 1994.